The Mother SuiteThe Mother Suite

Through letters, diary entries, snippets of remembered conversations and post cards, Ruth Zuchter collages together a portrait of a complicated mother-daughter relationship in The Mother Suite.

The chapbook will be available at the Meet the Presses Indie Market in Toronto on November 17 and the ottawa small press book fair on November 24, 2018. Ruth will launch the Mother Suite on Friday, November 23, 2018 at 7pm at the pre fair reading at the Carelton Tavern in Ottawa

The Small Machine Talks Episode 38 - Interview with Bad Nudes' Thomas Molander and Fawn ParkerThe Small Machine Talks Episode 38 - Interview with Bad Nudes' Thomas Molander and Fawn Parker

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 a.m. kozak interviews co-editors of BAD NUDES magazine and BAD BOOKS press, Thomas Molander and Fawn Parker. They talk about their personas as publishers, how that differs from them in real life, the discarding of genre boundaries in their creative approaches, and the last haircuts they received.

Interview with Joakim Norling of Timglaset EditionsInterview with Joakim Norling of Timglaset Editions

Timglaset Editions of Sweden has become a force in the world of visual poetry publishing in the last few years. I speak with publisher, Joakim Norling about its inception, evolution and future. 

The Small Machine Talks - Episode 37 - RECENT READSThe Small Machine Talks - Episode 37 - RECENT READS

the Small Machine Talks with a.m. kozak and Amanda Earl

 Episode 37 Recent Reads

Recorded on September 30, 2018

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List of works discussed:

1. Klara Du Plessis, Ekke (Palimpsest Press, 2018)

2. Trish Salah, Lyric Sexology, Volume 1 (Metonymy Press republished in 2017; original published by Roof Books of NYC in 2014)

Link: A Gender Variance Who's Who

Essays on trans, intersex, cis and other persons and topics from a trans perspective.......All human life is here.

3. Jake Byrne, the Tide (Rahila’s Ghost Press, 2017)

4. Sandra Ridley, Quell (Baseline Press, 2018)

5. MLA Chernoff, Delet This (Hybrid Heaven (now Bad Books), 2018)

6. Arc Poetry Magazine 86  – Summer 2018

7. Jake Syersak, These Ghosts / This Compost: An Aubadeclogue (above/ground press, 2018)

8. Poemelon Canadian edition, edited by rob mclennan

9.  Joshua Whitehead, Full-Metal Indigiqueer (Talonbooks, 2017)

Thanks to Jennifer Pederson for the intro and outro, Charles Earl for sound, and to you for listening and sharing the episode.

Stay tuned for our next episode in October.


The Small Machine Talks, Episode 36 Interview with Conyer Clayton and Nathanael LarochetteThe Small Machine Talks, Episode 36 Interview with 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

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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 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)

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.

The Small Machine Talks - Episode 35The Small Machine Talks - Episode 35

The Small Machine Talks

Episode 35 - with a.m. kozak and Amanda Earl

Recorded on Sunday, July 15, 2018


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We discuss events over the last six weeks, beginning with the Ottawa Small Press Book Fair, Spring Edition.

Links and mentions include

above/ground press

Chaudiere Books

shreeking violet press

40-watt spotlight

Gap Riot Press (Toronto)

Baseline Press (London)

Apt. 9 Press

bird, buried press (Peterborough)


Coven Editions

Arc Poetry Magazine

Puddles of Sky Press (Kingston)


Stuff Amanda picked up at the fair

Kate Siklosi,  Coup (The Blasted Tree)

flash haiku contest – Amanda’s win

We talk about visual poetry.

Chuqiao Yang, Reunions in the Year of the Sheep (Baseline Press)

Margaret Christakos, Social Medea v---s Virtual Medusa (Gap Riot Press)

illiterature 8 (Puddles of Sky Press)

Train : a journal of introduction

Conyer Clayton, Undergrowth (bird, buried press)


The post fair at the James Street Pub #MichaeleCasteels #jwcurry


Artist Tom Fowler

Artist Colin White (who was not at the fair)


Additional Events – Tomson Highway at Library and Archives

Conyer Clayton and Nathanael Larochette,

Shery Alexander Heinis at Tree

Sawdust: Margo Lapierre, Manahil Bandukwala; Allie Duff poems on the life of Lucia Joyce; Monty Reid


The Next Wave launch at Pour Boy


Final Tree of the season w/ rob mclennan and Tanis MacDonald, who read from her books and also from Gush: Menstrual Manifestations for Our Times


the Wild Herb walk with the Ottawa Tea Guild


Avant Garde reading with Stuart Ross, Jaimie Forsyth and Steve Venright – A Feed Dog Book imprint


Aaron’s literary events


Hybrid Heaven launch


 Delet This, MLA Chernoff

 Let This Be The End Of Me, JC Bouchard

 with guests, Lauren Turner, We're Not Going To Do Better Next Time (Knife Fork Book, 2018), Catherine Fatima, Sludge Utopia (Book Thug, 2018)

Jordan Moffatt.


Mallory Tater and Curtis LeBlanc at Beyond the Pale


Rahila’s Ghost Press


Aaron talks about non literary events, including the Montreal Jazz Fest and Ottawa’s Glow Fair, Fringe Festival, Dragon Boat, CSArts Talk back where audience asks playwright, actors and director questions


Recent Reads 51.14


Aaron has been reading Erin Robinson’s Rag Cosmology (Book Thug)


101.38 Ghost City Press Microchapbook Series


1.04. 55 Upcoming events – check the calendar

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