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Traces On The Page
Jen Currin
P016, August 25 to September 05, 2021
Length: 27'
Host, Ingrid Rose
Music and audio production
Gary Sill

In conversation with Ingrid Rose, Jen reflects on the challenge she has encountered in writing her recent short story collection, Hider/Seeker:

...we can get maybe 10% or even less of lived experience onto the page.

This quest to capture the ineffable nature of relationship permeates all Jen's work, as beloved poet and now as a teller of tales.


Listen at the top of each hour:
August 25 - Sept. 5


Hider/Seeker was published in 2018 by Anvil Press. This book and Jen's award-winning poetry titles: School, The Inquisition Yours, Hagiography, and The Sleep of Four Cities are available through local bookstores and online suppliers such as Amazon.
Legacy
A Fine Balance
S105, August 09 to August 22, 2021
Length: 26'
Host, Ingrid Rose, Music and audio production, Gary Sill

CAROLE HARMON:

In Mountain Light — Walking With My Grandfather

In this essay Carole explores her family's role in the colonial history of the Canadian Rockies where she was raised in a family of landscape photographers and worked as a photographer and publisher for many years.

I didn't intend to write about the plight of aboriginal people in Canada, Carole says. I began to think about boundaries. The National Parks were supposedly created for ALL Canadians but the National Parks Act excluded aboriginal people from these, their ancestral lands. Aboriginal people in Canada, after so many horrific injustices, even now being revealed, are still seen and treated as 'other' by mainstream Canadian society.

In her essay Carole explores her own photography as an example of transgressing boundaries.

UNA SUSELI O'CONNELL

The Cuckoo That Laid the Golden Egg—The Legacy of Nazi Gold in Switzerland

Una writes extensively about family history based on letters and diaries left by both sides of her family. Whereas Carole Harmon's family legacy is photographs, Una's is words.

Una's Swiss mother taught her, 'gold is good, gold will save your life'. Coming from a poor family in then impoverished Switzerland this belief of Una's mother is understandable. Instead the paralyzing spectre of want led to fear and imprudence.

This is an essay which explores how a country ignored its cultural heritage and values in order to secure prosperity and security, It reveals how thin and mutable the boundaries between victim and perpetrator actually are.

Una's family memoir, The Absent Prince explores the effect of war and other cultural values which shatter families by isolating and removing the men from family life. It can be ordered internationally through Amazon and more widely in the UK.

If you are new to this series, listen to our PODCAST of the Introduction to the series: Lisa Iversen, the editor, in conversation with Ingrid Rose.

Read more about the book: reviews, links to past online events on CAB Publishing website.
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Lost Coast Writers
P015, June 28 to August 08, 2021
Length: 31'
Host, Ingrid Rose, Music and audio production, Gary Sill


A special summer episode curated by Susan Dambroff:

writers from Lost Coast Writers Retreat in northern California

Susan Dambroff - Introduction

Chris Kammler - The Whistlin' Gal

Jeff DeMark - Guatemala

Chris Kammler - Spring Again 1 & 2

Chris Orr - The Library of Kisses
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Whiteness Is Not An Ancestor
Honouring The Past
S104, July 12 to July 25, 2021
Length: 23'
"Honouring The Past"
program 4 of 6

Summer Starr & Sharon Halfnight

In her introduction to the anthology Lisa Iversen writes:

In the collective field of the soul, everyone and everything belongs. This knowingness provides a necessary resource when there are experiences of injustice....Bringing visibility to both perpetrators and victims of injustice, whether past or present, is necessary to heal inheritances of collective trauma.

In this episode one writer explores her ancestral history while another looks at today's challenges and imagines the future.

Summer Starr
Whiteness in Colonial America: My Family's Legacy

Summer writes:

...for most of my life, as far as I knew, we were just Californians. This lack of history put the focus on the now, on the immediate, and the past held very little interest for me...My concept of family history was only a couple of generations back. That all changed in the summer of 2019.

Sharon Halfnight
White Walking

Sharon begins her essay:

I welcomed the invitation to contribute an essay to this book on whiteness before I had any idea about what it might require of me. It's been a tussle, a full body-mind-soul wrestling with what whiteness means in this context and what it means to me. There has been no comfort in this inquiry.

Host, Carole Harmon, Music and Audio Production, Gary Sill

If you are new to this series, listen to our podcast of the introduction to the series: Lisa Iversen, the editor, in conversation with Ingrid Rose.

Read more about the book: reviews, links to past online events on CAB Publishing website.
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Home and Away
Coming To Terms With Loss And Identity
P014, June 28 to July 11, 2021
Length: 31'
Host, Ingrid Rose, Music and audio production, Gary Sill

Mara Alper:         
What Do You Take When You Don't Know Where You're Going?
Mara discovers...it isn't a dream but a powerful ceremony.

Janice Masur:
Shalom Uganda: A Jewish Community on the Equator
Janice remembers her childhood community.

Daniela Cohen:
Hilda and Justice
Daniella asks, can a lost home ever be refound?

Carol Groumoutis:
Home is Where You Are (Greek)
Carol affirms in her poem, the Greek would never not be Greek.
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Whiteness Is Not An Ancestor
Words Can Kill
S103, June 14 to June 27, 2021
Length: 24'
Sonya Lea:
Bloodlines
A Legal Lynching and a Family's Reckoning

Sabine Olsen:
It Cannot Be Condoned
Whiteness and the Legacy of War

Host, Ingrid Rose, Music and audio production, Gary Sill

The hanging in 1936 of Rainey Bethea, a young black man, for the rape and murder of an elderly white woman was the last public execution in America. Sonya Lea’s family participated in this event in various ways. In her essay, Bloodlines: A Legal Lynching and a Family's Reckoning, Sonya brings this event to light through her struggle, first to know, then to understand. Sonya is a writer of memoir and fiction who has lived in both the USA and Canada. She presently lives in Banff, in the Canadian Rockies.

Sabine's essay was developed from an interview with Lisa Iversen. Sabine is a Reiki master who emigrated to Canada from Munich, a birthplace she shares with Adolf Hitler. Reflecting on the speeches and rallies which swept Hitler to power in 1930's Germany, Sabine decries the increasing use of hate speech today. She writes: ...that's how it starts, a little bit, a little bit more, it gets bolder and bolder and before you know it there's a monster you can't control. Sabine lives near Abbotsford, west of Vancouver, Canada.
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The Octopus Has
Three Hearts (short stories)
Of Rats And Men
P013, May 31 to June 13, 2021
Length: 26'
Rachel Rose: excerpt from Of Rats and Men

Interview, Ingrid Rose, Host, Carole Harmon, Music and audio production, Gary Sill

Rachel's stories explore cause and effect, inter-species bonding, and shine a glaring spotlight on the experience of being “other". The protagonists in her stories are individuals who have been harmed in life, who live on the margins of society. Their animal friends are creatures we also think of as other: rats for instance. Rachel is the author of poetry, prose, and now short story. She is a teacher, writing mentor and community activist who lives in Vancouver, Canada.
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Whiteness Is Not An Ancestor
Essays on Life and Lineage
by White Women
Roots Borders and Belonging
S102, May 17 to May 30, 2021
Length: 26'
Karin Konstantynowicz:
Roots Borders and Belonging

June Blue Spruce:
Warning: Whiteness May Be Hazardous to Your Health

Host, Carole Harmon, Music and audio production, Gary Sill

Karin Konstantynowicz and her family emigrated to Canada from Eastern Europe following World War 2. Their roots are in contested territory which has changed its name, and its overlords many times. Starting with the idea of an "invasive species", Karin muses on the nature of identity and belonging and the experiences she and her family had as new immigrants to the Canadian prairies. Karin is a teacher, crisis counsellor, broadcaster and writer who lives in Vancouver, Canada.

June Blue Spruce comes from a long line of doctors in the USA. In her essay June probes the racist roots of the AMA and prevalent racism within the medical system in America. She delves into her own conflicted history as an activist, and a gay woman working within this system. June is a reformer, health worker, and writer who lives in Seattle, USA.
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Petra
P012, May 3 to May 16, 2021
Length: 24'
Shaena Lambert: Petra (historical fiction)

Interview, Ingrid Rose, Host, Carole Harmon, Music and audio production, Gary Sill

Petra is a novel, not a biography of Petra Kelly. Yet, in its pages fictional and real characters are inspired by and closely follow the lives and events of that time. In 1980's Germany, NATO plans to deploy nuclear missiles which are expected to face off against those of the USSR. The Berlin Wall still stands. World War 3 seems almost inevitable. A charismatic young woman named Petra Kelly, half German, half American, inspires, charms and reasons her way to the forefront of the Peace Movement  and becomes a founding member of the German Green Party. Shaena is a fiction writer and teacher who lives in Vancouver, Canada.
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Whiteness Is Not An Ancestor
Essays on Life and Lineage
by White Women
Introduction
S101, April 19 to May 2, 2021
Length: 23'
Lisa Iversen with host Ingrid Rose
Length: 23 mins

Using the lens of inherited trauma and family history, Whiteness Is Not an Ancestor offers a hopeful, humanizing path for dismantling whiteness.

For over two decades, family constellations facilitator and therapist Lisa Iversen has been working with groups, including descendants of ancestors who have perpetrated harm or been victimized in circumstances of injustice. In this collection of essays, she brings together twelve white women who explore the role of whiteness in collective movements of immigration, colonialism, slavery, and war. Through genealogical research, family documents, and deep reflection, these writers from the US, Canada, and the UK disentangle themes of innocence, grief, race, privilege, and belonging in their families and ancestries.

Each essayist shares moving stories and anecdotes from their life, adding historical and cultural context to current conversations about white women's role in creating and sustaining whiteness.
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Finding Gold In New York
P011, April 5 to April 18, 2021
Length: 20'
Rosanna Hille: excerpts from Finding Gold in New York, read by Christina Marie Moth, a young Danish Canadian poet (memoir)

Interview Ingrid Rose, Host Carole Harmon, Music and audio production, Gary Sill

After raising a family, Rosanne embarked on a 20 year career working for an NGO and traveling the world helping people. Now she is returning to her early love of story and writing with a memoir about her remarkable life. Finding Gold in New York recounts Rosanna's first visit to the United Nations, and her amusing adventure in the city. Rosanna lives in Vancouver, Canada.
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The Absent Prince
P010, May 22 to April 4, 2021
Length: 22'
Una Suselli O’Connell: excerpts from The Absent Prince (memoir)

Host, Carole Harmon, Music and audio production, Gary Sill

Una's family memoir is based on journals and correspondence of several generations of her family. Primarily set in the twentieth century, it focuses the universal theme of war and its devastating effects on family life. One legacy of war is a cultural pattern which has arisen of men being physically absent, or emotionally unavailable, in family life, not only through actually fighting a war, but by continuing this pattern of absence through work and educational customs.

Una is an educator and writer who lives in Hertfordshire, near London, England.
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Transpoetic Imaginings
P009, March 8 to March 21, 2021
Length: 22'
Liam ‘Captain’Snowden: poetry and improvisation,
Julian Gunn: poetry and improvisation

Guest host and interviewer: Medwyn McConachy
Producer, Ingrid Rose, Music and audio production, Gary Sill

For Transpoetic Imaginings guest host Medwyn McConachy crafted a lively mix of improvised poetry, conversation, interview and readings to showcase the work of transgender poets Liam, "Captain" Snowdon and Julian Gunn.

Both poets, who are friends, live in Victoria, on Vancouver Island in Canada. Captain is a Somatic Sex Educator, Anti-Violence Worker, and poet. Julian is a poet and English instructor at Comuson College. Medwyn is a multi-media artist and writer who lives on Saltspring Island in Canada.
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Mothering in the Time of Covid
P008, Feb 22 to March 7, 2021
Length: 33'
Barbara Baydala: She Emerges, Woman With Kind Eyes Says Stay Home, Round the Block (poetry)
Zoe Dagneault: In Her Shoes (auto-fiction)

Host, Carole Harmon, Music and audio production, Gary Sill

Who are the souls entering our world at this challenging time of pandemic, global climate crisis, and social unrest? How can we nurture and raise them to face the challenges of their future?

Barbara became a grandmother six months before the Covid Pandemic was announced. In a trilogy of moving poems Barbara shares her experiences with her newborn grand-daughter. Barbara is a poet who writes from Langley, south of Vancouver, Canada.

Through her auto-fiction short story Zoe Dagneault takes us into her world of a parent who grapples with how much to reveal, and how to contextualize world events for her precocious and empathic daughter. Zoe is a writer and editor, she lives in Burnaby, Canada.
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What the Mouth Wants
Mushrooms And Memory
P007, Feb 8 to Feb 21, 2021
Length: 23'
Monica Meneghetti: reading from Mushrooms and Memory in her memoir, What The Mouth Wants: A Memoir Of Food, Love And Belonging.

Interview by Ingrid Rose, host Carole Harmon, Music and audio production, Gary Sill

My Mom beamed herself to me, Monica writes in Mushrooms and Memory, an excerpt from her memoir which explores the intersections of loss, memory and sensuality. Monica lost her mother at age sixteen, yet her body, alive with sensual memory, summons details her mind has buried.What the Mouth Wants (Dagger Editions, 2017) was a Lambda Literary Award finalist and tied as the Bi Book Award winner in 2017.
Monica lives, loves, writes, teaches, and translates from the Italian in Vancouver, Canada.
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The Origin of Other: A Grimm of Poems
P006, Jan 25 to Feb 7, 2021
Length: 26'
Cathie Borrie reads re-imagined fairytales from The Brothers Grimm (poetry)
Interview by Ingrid Rose

Host Carole Harmon, Music and audio production, Gary Sill

Cathie Borrie’s re-working of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales surprise with unexpected reversals in both plot and character. Stories which terrified and informed generations of children persist in our collective unconscious and are as relevant today as they have ever been.

Cathie Borrie has a background in public health and law; she has published both memoir and poetry and lives in Vancouver, Canada.
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Reality - Perception
P005, Jan 11 to 24, 2021
Length: 35'
Julian Shilcock: Lest it Should Fall (poetry) and The Past Has Long Fingers (fiction)
Hannah Phillips: Object-Obsess-Compulse (lyric prose) and Rebellion in the Night (poetry)

Host, Carole Harmon, Music and audio production, Gary Sill

There is an uncanny connection between the work of these two writers who have never met but whose concerns with society and mental health, and their deep grounding in science, creates a resonance. Listen in and see if you agree.

Julian Shillcock is a physicist and writer currently living and working in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Hannah Phillips, Australian by birth, is a neuro-scientist and writer currently living in Port Moody, near Vancouver, Canada.
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Rapp’n & Riff’n
P004, Dec 28, 2020 to Jan 10, 2021
Length: 19'
Jacinda, ‘Jake’ Oldale: A New Energy (poem) and Beneath the Surface (song)
Susan Dambroff and Chris Kammler: Afternoon (improv performance piece)
Sarah Knoebber: We Are Not in Danger & Rap Nap (poetry)
Carole Harmon: How Can We Attend to That Part of Us Which is Dangerous?

Host, Ingrid Rose, produced by Carole Harmon, Music and audio production, Gary Sill

A collage of sounds and words rings in the New Year of 2021 with exuberant observations on life in chaotic times.

Jacinda Oldale, poet, songwriter and foodoula (she cooks for new mothers) lives in Burnaby, Canada. Susan Dambroff and Chris Kammler live in the Bay Area in California and often perform together. Sarah Knoebber is an artist and bodyworker who is rebuilding her house on Galiano Island off the Vancouver coast in Canada. In this program she and Carole Harmon riff off each other.
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On Being Twin
P003, Dec 14 to 27, 2020
Length: 28'
Kathryn Alexander: On Being More Than One and Less Than One, and The Wave (poetry)
Ingrid Rose: The Walk (memoir)

Host, Carole Harmon, Music and audio production, Gary Sill

This episode features two writers with twin brothers. Each explores what it is to be a twin.
Kathryn Alexander is a poet and educator who lives in Port Moody, Canada.

Ingrid Rose, originally from London, England teaches and writes in Vancouver, Canada.
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In Honour Of
Layerting, My Elderly Child
P002, Nov 30 to Dec 13, 2020
Length: 34'
Medwyn McConachy: Layering (poetry)
Clarissa Green: In Search of My Elderly Young Girl (memoir)
Interview by Ingrid Rose

Host, Carole Harmon, Music and audio production, Gary Sill

This is a program which honours lost friends. Medwyn's poem was written after the loss of a long time partner and friend. Medwyn is a multi-media artist, witch, poet and memoirist who lives on Saltspring Island, Canada.

Clarissa passed away in the summer of 2020 following her long struggle with cancer. Friends arranged for the posthumous publication of her memoir, Grownupedness. Clarissa was a well loved writer and therapist in Vancouver, Canada.
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Writers Radio - Live Today
P001, Nov 16 to 29, 2020
Length: 18'
Barbara Baydala: All on This Depends (poetry)
Carole Harmon: Yarrow’s Offering (poetry)

Carole Harmon’s long poem, Yarrow’s Offering is read by actors from across Canada: Nancy Beatty, Barbara Parker, Colette Gagnon, Bart Robinson, David Miller, and the poet herself.

Host and introduction to Yarrow’s Offering, Ingrid Rose, Music and audio production, Gary Sill

Carole is a Canadian poet, memoirist and photographer and one of the founders and producers of Writers Radio. She lives in Halfmoon Bay, BC.

Barbara is a poet and historian who writes with wry humour from deep observation of human nature and its foibles from Langley, south of Vancouver, Canada.

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