Episode 24

The Small Machine Talks Episode 24

Recorded on Sunday, November 12, 2017

  1. We try to remember how to do the podcast. We toast Amanda’s 8th birthday with Lagavulin and continue to hope for sponsorship by the Scotch maker. Hint Hint.
  1. Recent events:

We talk of our recent travels, Amanda to Toronto for the International Festival of Authors and Aaron to Europe for mostly non literary activity. [See his FB wall]

Amanda: IFOA highlight – the Basement Review

upcoming New Constellations Events across Canada, Ottawa-Bronson Centre – Dec 9



my readings at IFOA, Harbourfront Centre;

KFB with Spencer Gordan, Owain Nicholson and David Alexander;

Invisible Publishing’s launch of Glory by Gillian Wigmore and E. Martin Nolan’s Still Point at Grossman’s Tavern, which Amanda likens to the Bohemian Embassy in Toronto in the 60s and 70s where Gwendolyn MacEwen and others read and hung out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHkPpkMH9cc

We talk about and can’t remember why Invisible Publishing is up for an award or who the author is. Turns out to be Michelle Winters for her novel “I am a truck.” The Lagavulin is already having its effect and we had barely a glass each!


Aaron mentions his sole literary activity during 16 days of travelling in 6 countries, visiting Writers Square in Belfast where quotations from 27 dead literary authors have been inscribed in stone.


We whine about the time change.

Aaron talks about Sawdust’s third anniversary show and the Fresh Meat Theatre festival. 5 short shows over 2 weekends http://www.freshmeatfest.com/

Amanda talks about letting people know about readings when they’ve never been to literary events. We discuss the unknown to Amanda world of theatre.Aaron wonders about the difference between the monologue that he saw at Fresh Meat and whether it was also poetry and where the line is drawn. Amanda talks about her draft of a play.

In/Words reading at Fox and Feather in the Loft, launch of 17.1 Travel issue: Ian Martin, Amanda, Connie Clayton and Colin Mylrea whose name Amanda botched completely.

Pour Boy w/ Sarah MacDonnell, Aaron Tucker, Ted Nolan, Sarah Kabamba – four very different readers. We talk about Marcel DuChamp’s readymades

We discuss writers, publishers and bookstores in Windsor.

  1. News

CBC Poetry Prize long list came out with a number of Ottawa-area poets on the list, including rob mclennan, Claudia Coutu Radmore.

Governor General Awards

BookThug’s name change. Aaron thinks cute is ok.

  1. Current reads

Amanda: The truth is told better this way (Book Thug) –


combo of raw imagery and unflinching portrayals of urban life…;  one poem previously published in Experiment-O 7, an AngelHousePress production: http://experiment-o.com/issues/issueseven.pdf

Amanda talks about No Work is Finished Here – the single: Deeper and Oracle (MP3s from Chaos and Star) – Liz Worth with the Zeus Wins: Rewriting Andy Warhol – (a. A – a novel  – derek beaulieu has also rewritten) – 2 tracks – Deeper and Oracle – fun voice affects on Oracle, Zeus is an indie rock band out of Toronto—music has prog rock feel;


a quote from our DevilHouse 6 interview on the transgressive in creative work:

in answer to the question about transgressive creatives who’ve inspired you, Liz names Lydia Lunch: “She’s a woman who makes ugly music and guttural literature. It’s still very subversive for women to make anything that is as ugly or raw but Lydia Lunch has definitely broken a lot of ground in that way, and her career has been so varied. She’s really mastered the ability to bend genres and mix media while maintaining her voice and style and opinions no matter what it is she’s doing.”



Aaron talks about Leak by Kate Hargreave’s Leak @bookthug


He discusses repetition and accumulation and shortening, linkages via sound rather than  just in the narrative, Windsor mentions, talk of the body. Aaron mentions her book, Talking Derby, stories from a life on 8 wheels


He talks about the feeling of obsession and compulsion evoked by Leak.

Another book he read is Lemn Sissay’s Tender Fingers in a Clenched Fist, 1988


The repetition in a poem named “WasItA” is like a chant, evokes a different feeling from the repetition in Hargreave’s book.

Amanda mentions that Stephen Brockwell won Arc’s Archibald Lampman Award for All of Us Reticent Here Together, Mansfield Press

  1. Upcoming Events

for Toronto, sign up to the Patchy Squirrel listserve for weekly events

for Montreal read WherePoetsRead.ca

for Ottawa refer to Bywords.ca’s events calendar

Tuesday 14 Nov: Tree with Christine McNair & Rhombus 19;

Wed 15 Nov: Sawdust with Blouin and Avonlea Fotheringham;

Fri 24 Nov: pre-fair reading: Earl, Hanna, Thomas

Sat 25 Nov: small press fair

Wed 29 Nov – In/Words – Noah Wareness

3 Dec – Guillaume Morisett et al from Metatron

Wishlist: Toronto, Naked Heart, LGBTQ festival of words – workshops and readings (Gwen Benaway, Billek Nickerson, Michael V. Smith, Amber Dawn, Kai Cheng Thom

Founded in October of 2015, Naked Heart is already the largest and most diverse LGBTQ literary festival in the world.


To establish a yearly Canadian LGBTQ literary festival that amplifies love, language & freedom.

  1. Calls for submission and contests

see Bywords.ca News for more info

Vallum Magazine: Call for Submissions – Issue 15.1 – Forgetting -deadline: November 15, 2017

 Another Dysfunctional Cancer Poem–Anthology Call; deadline November 30, 2017

Prairie Fire – Canadian Women and the Vote: 1918-2018 – deadline: December 1, 2017

Prairie Fire and CV2: Call for Canadian Indigenous Writers – deadline December 15, 2017

The Puritan: Literary Suburbia call for submissions; deadline: December 31, 2017

In/Words Call for Submissions, Issue 17.2: Food – January 3, 2018

Bywords.ca wants your Canadian poetry reviews.

Literary Contests

Prairie Fire Annual Writing Contests; deadline: November 30, 2017

League of Canadian Poets Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Prize for young poets (grades 7 – 12) – deadline: December 1, 2017

League of Canadian Poets National Broadsheet Contest – deadline: December 1, 2017

League of Canadian Poets Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award – deadline December 1, 2017

City of Ottawa Book Awards 2018 – deadline for book submissions: January 8, 2018

Tree Press Chapbook Award – deadline: January 15, 2018

Summer Literary Seminars Contests – deadline February 28, 2018

2018 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry; deadline: December 15, 2017

  1. Thank yous and sign off

Charles, Jennifer, listeners, those who share the link…