Episode 53- Interview with Ellen Chang-Richardson

Episode 53: The Small Machine Talks

with a.m. kozak and Amanda Earl

Interview with Ellen Chang-Richardson

Recorded on Sunday, December 8, 2019, 2pm

Ellen Chang-Richardson is an emerging poet, writer and copyeditor based in Ottawa & Toronto. Recipient of the 2019 Vallum Award for Poetry, her work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as Ricepaper Magazine, my (small press) writing day, the Lit Mag Love Anthology 1: Blood & Water, Coven Editions: Grimoire and the Hart House Review. Ellen is the founder of Little Birds Poetry, an editing workshop for poets and creative writers. Her first chapbook, Unlucky Fours, is forthcoming this spring with Anstruther Press.

We talk with Ellen Chang-Richardson about her poetry and Little Birds Poetry, the editing process, format, guiding principles, working on paper vs digital, strategies on dealing with uncomfortable situations, plans for future workshops and how editing others work contributes to her own writing.


Meltwater Basin in LitMag Love’s Blood and Water

anthology (pp123-125 https://www.litmaglove.com/anthology/ ) and

Ricepaper Magazine




thanks to Charles Earl (processing), Ellen, a.m. kozak, Jennifer Pederson (intro/outro composer) and all of you for listening and sharing the podcast.

Have a good end of 2019 and a happy new year!

Episode 51: Interview with Mailyne K. Briggs and Shery Alexander Heinis – In Our Tongues Reading and Art Series

Recorded October 6, 2019. We interview Shery and Mailyne about their forthcoming series for BIPOC writers and musicians debuting at the Origin on Tuesday, October 8, 2019. We talk about the goals of the series to provide a welcome and enriching environment that centers Indigenous and racialized writers and musicians in Ottawa.

Mailyne K. Briggs is a multidisciplinary artist, photographer, art educator, writer and documentary filmmaker. Born in the Philippines, Mailyne was adopted and immigrated to Canada at the age of four. She picked up painting as a form of therapy in her late teens, as a way to heal from childhood trauma. Recognizing art as therapy, she combines mindfulness into her approach as a teacher, artist and mental health advocate.

Her strong desire to reconnect with her roots has led her to explore what it means to be a cis-woman of colour with Philippine heritage and a Canadian upbringing, and is currently working on a series that encompasses her dual identity.

When she isn’t writing and creating, she’s working with her clients to develop their marketing and branding, as well as manage their social media platforms through her full-time business, Dream Love Grow Media. Working for herself has allowed her the flexibility and freedom to spend time with her family, and remain socially active with QTBIPOC, diasporic and marginalized communities, through her work with non-profits such as: A.R.T (A Real Thought) In Action, Bayanihan Ottawa, Yoga.Unity and Youth Action Now.

Shery Alexander Heinis is an Ottawa-based poet and former diplomat. Born and raised on the island of St. Lucia in the Caribbean, as a young girl, reading and writing were her greatest passions. She started writing poetry in Ottawa around 2013.

She self-published her first chapbook A Greater Whole in 2014and her debut poetry collection Splinter in 2017, currently available on her website and Amazon.ca. She organized the launches for both books, including marketing and promotions, in collaboration with fellow artists including musicians and singers. She hopes to continue these collaborative creative efforts with other poets, writers and other artists. She is currently working on a new collection of poems, for which she will be seeking a publisher in 2020. She has been published by In\Words and Bywords.

She participates in poetry readings across Ottawa. Tree Reading Series invited her as a feature reader (2018) and Versefest Ottawa invited her to participate in its 2019 Invitational Slam. She has also been invited as a feature reader at community events such as Kwanzaa, in her workplace to mark Black History Month, as well as at the Community of Federal Visible Minorities annual event.

Together with her co-founder, Mailyne K. Briggs, Shery is currently working to establish the first Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPoC) monthly reading and art series in Ottawa, which will showcase BIPoC poets, writers, musicians and other artists from Ottawa and across Canada. The launch is scheduled for October 8, 2019 from 7-9 pm at the Origin Arts & Community Centre, 57 Lyndale Avenue, Ottawa and occur on the second Tuesday of the month thereafter.

You can find Shery here:

Website: sheryalexanderheinis.com

Facebook: SheryAlexanderHeinisPoetry.

Twitter: @shery_ah

In Our Tongues Reading and Art Series is the first in Ottawa dedicated specifically to showcasing Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPoC) poets, writers, musicians and other artists, including those across the gender spectrum.

In Our Tongues: https://www.facebook.com/inourtongues/

Queer Soup: https://www.queersoupnight.com/

Episode 50 – Interview with Justin Louis Labelle

The Small Machine Talks Episode 50 with a.m. kozak and Amanda Earl

Interview with Justin Louis Labelle

Justin Louis Labelle’s completed projects explore the possibilities of sequenced visual storytelling and the polysemous nature of symbols and signs. His work has been shown in Canada, Sweden and Italy. He currently resides in Uppsala, Sweden and teaches art.

In this episode. a.m. kozak talks with photographer Justin Louis Labelle around a campfire in Quebec about being relevant in the age of Instagram when the average person has access to high-quality cameras, photographing places as a tourist vs. as a resident, and the transformation of suburbia.