We talk with Kitchener writer Erin Bow about her award-winning middle-school novel, Stand on the Sky, in which a young Kazakh woman trains an eagle to hunt. We also talk about Russian folk tales and the place of science and poetry in Erin’s writing life.
JANICE JO LEE
We talk with the multi-talented Janice Jo Lee about what it takes to write and star in a one-person musical, her tips for writing poetry as song, and her advocacy work with young writers.
We meet Yvonne Blomer, the editor of the Caitlin Press volume Sweet Water: Poetry for the Watersheds and speak with poets who are writing about and for their local watersheds. With Gary Barwin and Laurie D. Graham.
We talk with writers and editors of Textile, a literary magazine that showcases the diversity of the Grand River region, and works to mentor emerging writers in the creation of community-engaged art.
Mike Chaulk & Sarah Tolmie
We talk with Mike Chaulk about his book Night Lunch, in which he crews on a ferry and freight vessel up the Labrador Coast.
Also on the show, Sarah Tolmie introduces us to her book, Check, about confirmation bias, and we talk about writing speculative fiction.
We speak with Tasneem Jamal about her novel, Where The Air is Sweet, about a family who move to Kitchener following Idi Amin’s expulsion of Asian-Ugandans, about the power of fiction to fill in historical gaps, and Tasneem’s new manuscript that explores female friendship in the 1970s.
We sit down with Tuscarora writer, performer, and publisher Janet Rogers to discuss what it has meant for her to come home to Six Nations of the Grand River after decades away, her dreams as a literary Auntie, and the personal and political power of her new book
Ego of a Nation
We talk with writer and editor Luke Hathaway about love and radical transformation, about the Waterloo Region roots and the international reach of his latest book, Years, Months, and Days, and about the importance of influences in maker culture.
We talk with nonfiction writer Emily Urquhart about her new book, The Age of Creativity: Art, Memory, My Father, and Me, featuring her father, abstract expressionist painter and sculptor Tony Urquhart. Emily speaks about the delicate art of writing the family memoir, myths about aging and art, and the use of folklore and science as portals to understanding.
We talk with poet, scientist, and memoirist Madhur Anand about living by rivers, about blending art and science in writing, and about her recent Governor General’s Award for This Red Line Goes Straight To Your Heart.
We talk with Mariam Pirbhai about her internationally- acclaimed short story collection, Outside People, her forthcoming novel, Isolated Incident, and how living in the Grand River watershed has changed how she writes about place.
We sit down with Nic Brewer to talk about writing love and trauma in her novel Suture, and welcome Amy Neufeld to our new feature, Grand River Book Reviews.
Dawn Cheryl Hill
Dawn Cheryl Hill joins us to talk about memory, institutional racism and the importance of family in her new book from Ojistoh Publications, Memory Keeper. In Grand River Book Reviews, Yelibert Cruz Roo searches for the language of being here in Karen Houle’s book The Grand River Watershed: A Folk Ecology.
We talk with the #1 NYT Bestselling Author E.K. Johnston about dragonslaying in southern Ontario, about her best-selling Padme Amidala trilogy for the Star Wars franchise, and about writing female friendships in YA novels.
We talk with poet and professor Sonnet L’Abbé about where poetry lives in the body in their latest book, Sonnet’s Shakespeare, breaking open the sonnet and inventing an entirely new poetic form.
It’s an hour of laughs and learning with the award-winning YA author of “Barry Squires, Full Tilt” and “Chicken Girl” as we touch on body positivity, finding your peeps, writing for teens, and the benefits of being “half-cracked.”
Lamees Al Ethari
We sit down with Lamees Al Ethari to talk about her latest book, “Waiting for the Rain: an Iraqi Memoir,” about living through the invasion of Iraq, writing a family memoir, and using poetry to express what prose cannot.
The Switcheroo Episode! Emily Urquhart returns to Watershed Writers, but this time she’s guest hosting to interview Tanis MacDonald for her new book, Straggle: Adventures in Walking While Female, which is about walking as a way of relating to the world, to each other and to memory.