Category: Interview

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Montreal’s Argo Bookshop: A Sturdy Camp

by JP Karwacki

Argo Bookshop (1915 Ste-Catherine St. O.) is Montreal’s oldest English-language bookstore. Opened by John George in 1966, it now belongs to Meaghan Acosta and JP Karwacki. Despite its 200 square feet, the store stocks no fewer than 6,000 titles. The store is also host to both the Argo Open Mic and its Featured Reading Series,

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Interview: Sue Goyette

by André Forget

Sue Goyette is a Halifax-based poet. Her most recent collection, Ocean, was a finalist for the Griffin Poetry prize in 2014.

André Forget: You grew up in Montreal, but currently live in Nova Scotia and are quite involved in the literature scene there. How have those two very different places shaped your sensibilities as a writer?

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“Imagining Impractical Ideas About Bodies”

by Phoebe Wang

As part of the Town Crier’s ongoing exploration of place in Canadian Writing, Phoebe Wang conducted an email interview with Lucas Crawford, the 2015 Critic-In-Residence for the Canadian Women in the Literary Arts. Lucas Crawford is a poet, performer and scholar who has written on transgender and literature, fat studies, and queer identity politics.

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Interview: John K Samson

by Adam Klassen Bartel

The defiantly Winnipeg-based poet and songwriter John K. Samson is known best for his work as singer for The Weakerthans. He also serves as the managing editor for Arbeiter Ring Press.

Adam Klassen Bartel: In listening to your music I noticed, especially in your last album,

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Interview: dalton derkson

by Jessica Bebenek

dalton derksen is a punk poet from the prairies. He runs Hurtin’ Crüe Press. This interview is part of a month-long series on “place” in contemporary Canadian writing.

Jessica Bebenek: You began writing poetry in your home town of Mortlach, Saskatchewan, moved to Ottawa to study Applied Linguistics at Carleton,

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Interview: Liz Howard

by Jillian Harkness

Liz Howard is the author of Of Hereafter Song, a rewriting of Longfellow’s The Song of Hiawatha. Jillian Harkness interviewed Liz Howard for The Town Crier’s month-long investigation into poetry and activism.

Jillian Harkness: Your re-writing of the Longfellow poem,

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Interview: Maggie Helwig

by André Forget

André Forget interviews author, poet, and priest Maggie Helwig for her opinions on poetry, activism, and her role in a church with a tradition of radicalism.

André Forget: At least in the popular Canadian context, poetry has a reputation for being an elite art form, one patronized and appreciated by the bourgeoisie,

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Visioning Poetry and Activism

by E Martin Nolan and Jillian Harkness

E Martin Nolan and Jillian Harkness ask the authors of Decomp about poetry and activism and how harming the earth might just be human.

TC: Where the language of poetry is often regarded for its multiplicity of meanings and ability to express complex experience, the language of activism is assumed to be much more rhetorical and direct.

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On Geoffrey Alexander Parsons

by Jason Freure

In the last part of our two part interview, Jason Price Everett talks about how literature has been priced out of American society and the death of writer and friend, Geoffrey Alexander Parsons.

Jason Freure: “Bone Folder” is a prose poem dedicated to the memory of Geoffrey Alexander Parsons,

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Microliteratures and Travelogues

by Jason Freure

Jason Freure: First of all, you write in your travelogue, Xian Dyad, “A sincere and true travelogue undresses the traveller and masks the places travelled.” Why did you write a travelogue, and what elements of travel did you uncover or unmask?

Jason Price Everett: When I first decided to spend a year in China teaching English,