Episode 36 – Conyer Clayton and Nathanael Larochette

The Small Machine Talks, Episode 36 with Amanda Earl, a.m. kozak

Interview with Conyer Clayton and Nathanaël Larochette

Recorded on August 12, 2018

To listen to the episode, click here: https://soundcloud.com/user-301339427/episode-36-conyer-clayton-and-nathanael-larochette

Nathanaël Larochette is an Ottawa-area spoken word poet and musician. He has represented Ottawa at the 2007, 2008, 2012 and 2013 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, was the 2008 CBC Poetry Face-Off champion for Ottawa, the director for the 2010 Canadian Festival for Spoken Word, a 5th place finalist at the 2014 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Championship and has spent over a decade facilitating poetry workshops in Ottawa-area schools. He is also a member of the chamber folk trio Musk Ox and the progressive metal band The Night Watch.



Conyer Clayton is an Ottawa based artist who aims to live with compassion, gratitude, and awe. She has 3 chapbooks: Undergrowth (bird, buried press), Mitosis (In/Words Magazine and Press), and For the Birds. For the Humans. (battleaxe press). Her collaborative album with Nathanael Larochette, If the river stood still, will be released August 2018. Her work appears in ARC, Prairie Fire, The Fiddlehead, The Maynard, In/Words, Puddles of Sky Press, Coven Editions, Bywords, Transom, and others. She won Arc’s 2017 Diana Brebner Prize, 3rd place in Prairie Fire’s 2017 Poetry Contest, and honorable mention in The Fiddlehead’s 2018 poetry prize. She is a member of the sound poetry ensemble Quatuor Gualuor, and writes reviews for Canthius. Check out https://www.conyerclayton.com/ for updates on her endeavors.

We talk about their upcoming double launch of Mitosis/If The River Stood Still

Sunday, August 19, 2018, 7-9pm, Happy Goat, 35 Laurel

In/Words Magazine and Press


We discuss the overlap between their work in sound poetry, spoken word and music, the roots of their collaboration, musicality, repetition and rhythm, how their day jobs influence their creativity and work, anthropomorphism, grief, nature and the environment, teenagers, discipline.

The following are mentioned during the episode:

King Crimson – the Night Watch



Devin Townsend


Undergrowth (bird, buried press) https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/609508780/undergrowth?ref=shop_home_active_1

For the Birds, for the Humans (BattleAxe Press)


Nathanael Larochette – Threshold of Transformation


We end with Nathanael’s poem, “When She Paints” from Threshhold of Transformation.

Thanks to our guests, Conyer and Nathanael, our sound engineer, Charles Earl, our intro and outro creator, Jennifer Pederson and to you for listening and sharing the podcast with your poetry loving pals.

Stay tuned for our next episode.