The Small Machine Talks, Episode 12

The Small Machine Talks, Episode 12
with Amanda Earl, a.m. kozak and special guest Natalie Hanna

Recorded on Sunday, March 12, 2017

The Small Machine Talks explores the poetry scene of Central Canada and beyond. The podcast takes place every two weeks, give or take.


We discuss Aaron’s trip to Iceland and its literary enthusiasm, his avoidance of licorice, the possibility of hallucinogenic experiences from heavy metal music and smoked fish. Aaron mentions the opening of the Art House Café. We talk about the last Sawdust Reading with Doug Dumais and George Elliott Clarke with Liam Burke on guitar, which we all attended. Natalie mentioned how great the open mic was.


Aaron talked about the VERSeFest volunteer event, Blue Mondays, the Frog Hollow Press launch at the Factory Reading Series with Patrick O’Reilly. Words on Stages in Toronto launched parenthetical 18, the book store Knife, Fork, Book and its great selection of chapbooks.

Natalie wished she could attend Robin Richardson’s Unsympathetic Poetry Workshops.
Amanda mentioned Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival in Vancouver. Aaron talks about Dina Del Bucchia’s amazing poem in Event Magazine a few years ago.

At this point, Natalie had to leave us but will return for her interview in the next episode.

Aaron mentions an event Brandon Wint is involved in, Masculinity, Disability and Sexuality at Carleton University. Amanda talks about Pi Day.
We go through Central Canada’s literary calendar of readings, spoken word, open stages, festivals taking place in Ottawa, Montreal, Oakville, Peterborough, Windsor, Waterloo, Toronto. VERSeFest includes American, Czech, Danish, Irish, Canadian and Galician poets.


Aaron talks about White Piano by Nicole Brossard; Amanda mentions Lisa Robertson’s 3 Summers.

Amanda talks about Emily Izsak’s New Recruits
Devorah Joseph reads Christine McNair’s poem “The State We’re In” from Conflict

and Emily Dickinson’s recipe for Black Cake

Debutantes is a reviews site for debut poetry collections, focusing on work from Canada, hosted by Klara du Plessis and Aaron Boothby, with appearances by guest essayists. So far there’ve been two reviews: Remembered Symmetries by Elee Kraljii Gardiner and Adele Barclay’s If I Were A Cage, I’d Reach Out For You.


We discuss ongoing and upcoming calls and contests.


Stay tuned for Episode 13 with Natalie Hanna in a few weeks. Thanks for listening.

yr fallen angel,
Amanda Earl


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