The Small Machine Talks Episode 43 - Interview with Danielle K.L. GrégoireThe Small Machine Talks Episode 43 - Interview with Danielle K.L. Grégoire

recorded Sunday, April 28, 2019
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Danielle K.L. Grégoire is a parent, poet, comedian, storyteller, and proud Northern Manitoban. She/they stand at the intersections of many identities: Métis, French Canadian, English Canadian, queer, gender-fluid, rural and city. Danielle was a former co-director of the Capital Poetry Collective, the founder of Seattle’s Comedy Womb (now the Comedy Nest), and former producer of the Seattle Moth StorySLAM. Danielle is dedicated to helping people tell their own stories, and is opening a venue in Almonte, ON called Curious & Kind for all spoken word art forms, podcasting, crafting, and soap pouring in 2019.

We speak to Danielle about her plans to open Curious and Kind in Almonte, Ontario, a venue for storytelling, comedy, soap pouring, poetry and podcasting. We talk about her role as a facilitator, connecting folks who can help each other, and supporter of other people's work. She's hoping to have a grand opening in June, in time for her 40th birthday. Almonte is a small town with an artistic focus, about a 45-minute drive from Ottawa. 

The episode is a far-ranging interview in which Danielle talks about connections between small towns and larger cities, artificial intelligence, other initiatives she's been involved in to foster others, Anne of Green Gables, actors spotted in Almonte, why independent films happen there, birthdays, the beauty of hearing people tell their stories and helping to make that happen, the storytelling of the Cree population from Northern Manitoba, interactive storytelling with the audience, Gumby, show and tell, listening to seniors tell their stories in seniors' homes, drumming, how volunteering connects you to people and exposes you to new activities, how comic book shops are good places to go when you're new in town, Capital Slam, the importance of the treasurer in an arts organization, how comedy changed Danielle's life, blending genres, an initiative in which audience members write messages of support during a performance to give to the storyteller after. We talk about deemphasizing competitiveness, working with Siri to create a collaborative team spoken word poem, to feel terrified and excited as part of Danielle's experience of the VERSeFest Invitation Slam, robot poetry. 

We discuss how things have changed since Danielle has returned to Ottawa last year, Danielle's series Ephemeroptera at the Origin Arts and Community Centre, collaboration with the dojo at the Art House Cafe. We talked about a quote from Danielle on the VERSeFEST site: "Standup comedy is like poetry... but with a [specific] goal!"

Links to people, places, things and organizations mentioned in the episode:
Westfest - Danielle is curating a storytelling event on Saturday, June 8, 2019.
Ijeoma Oluo, story teller, writer, blogger, parent advocate and occasional dance-party host
Stephen Brockwell, the Real Made Up (ECW Press)

If you're interested in doing shows (spoken or read) or want to do a workshop on a strange or esoteric art form, e-mail Danielle:

Thanks to Danielle for her insightful and inspiring answers, to a.m. kozak for co-hosting, to Charles Earl for processing and to Jennifer Pederson for the intro and outro.
Thanks to all of you for listening and sharing our podcast on social media.
Stay tuned for more episodes!

The Small Machine Talks - Episode 42 - Part Two - Visual PoetryThe Small Machine Talks - Episode 42 - Part Two - Visual Poetry

Recorded on Sunday, March 3, 2019
with a.m. kozak and Amanda Earl
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a discussion of Amanda Earl's Vispo Bible and her synaesthesia

Episode 41 - The Small Machine TalksEpisode 41 - The Small Machine Talks

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

Episode 41 – Visual Poetry – Part 1


Recorded on Sunday, March 3, 2019

Click here for the episode.


In this episode we discuss visual poetry, its history, defining the genre, the question of meaning, reading, asemic writing, communication, universality, the role of visual poetry in politics and counterculture.


Here are some of the sources we quote from and refer to:


Karl Kempton’s “Visual Poetry: A Brief History of Ancestral Roots and Modern Traditions”


Andrei Codrescu Against Meaning – interview with Lidia Vianu published in Desperado Essay Interviews


Cold Front Magazine’s Singular Vispo feature

Michael Winkler


K.S. Ernst


Amanda Earl


Connie Tettenborn


The CanLit Guide to Visual Poetry and Experimentation art/conceptual art


What Kind of Sic Sense Is That – Gary Barwin interview with Amanda Earl in Jacket 2


Brick Books Celebration of Visual and Concrete Poetry


Stay tuned for Episode 42 – Visual Poetry Part 2 in which we discuss Amanda’s visual poetry practice, including her life’s work, the Vispo Bible.


Thanks to Charles Earl for processing, Jennifer Pederson for intro and outro, to listeners and all who share the podcast with fellow poetry enthusiasts.




The Small Machine Talks Episode 40 - Interview with Mariah HornerThe Small Machine Talks Episode 40 - Interview with Mariah Horner

The Small Machine Talks Episode 40 with a.m. kozak and Mariah Horner
recorded in December, 2018 
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In this episode, a.m. kozak interviews friend and collaborator Mariah Horner on how space interacts with performance and art-creation and how space impacts the audience's (or the reader's) interpretation of the content. They talk mostly in the context of theatre, but most of the ideas they discuss are applicable to all art forms.


Mariah Horner is an actor, director, producer, and dramaturg based in Kingston, Ontario. She is currently an Artistic Producer with SpiderWebShow. She was the Festival Director of the Storefront Fringe Festival in Kingston from 2016-2018 and was a Metcalf Foundation Intern in Artistic Directing with both SpiderWebShow and Theatre Kingston. Co-founding the Cellar Door Project with Devon Jackson in 2013, Mariah has produced twelve shows with the site-specific company in cemeteries, record stores, bars, parks and the Diefenbunker.  Mariah played Kate Unger in George F. Walker’s HBO Canada Series Living in Your Car. Mariah has an an MA in Theatre Theory & Dramaturgy from uOttawa and has been published by SpiderWebShow, Visit Kingston, Canadian Theatre Review, the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario. Up next, she is assistant directing Darrah Teitel’s Behaviour at the GCTC and developing Search Party, part-party crawl part digital scavenger hunt to be produced at foldA in 2019.


Call for Asemic Writing for 2019

Call for Asemic Writing for 2019


Please send jpgs, a bio and photo to with NPM 2019 in the subject line. Do not send links to sites or a Dropbox or Google drive and ask me to pick. Send as many jpgs as you like until the deadline.


Deadline: February 28, 2019

E-mail address:

Publication status: work can be previously or currently published or unpublished as long as you hold copyright.


The work will be published on line at in April 2019. The entire month will feature asemic writing. The work will be on line until February 29, 2020.


Visit to see site’s parameters and aesthetic considerations. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me.


AngelHousePress began in 2009 as an alternative to institutionalized celebrations of poetry with the goal of expanding preconceived notions of what poetry is or means. My favourite response to the poetry on is "this isn't poetry!"


We publish one work each day in April for a total of 30 poems/pieces. I use the opportunity to discover potential contributors to and to our essay series. This year I want to focus on asemic writing to feature a type of visual poetry that is less well known.


AngelHousePress, established in 2007, publishes raw talent, ragged edges and rebels through its limited edition chapbook series (final chapbooks spring 2019),, an annual celebration of poetry in April,, an annual online PDF magazine that comes out in the autumn, an online essay series and a podcast, the Small Machine Talks. Please visit for more information, and to sign up to our mailing list to stay informed about calls for submission and activities.


Please share this call with fellow asemic writers.


Happy New Year and thank you to all who contributed and submitted work, bought and reviewed chapbooks, and shared our shenanigans in 2018.


yr fallen angel,

Amanda Earl

Experiment-O Issue 11Experiment-O Issue 11
 Experiment-O Issue 11

To the solitary and the friendless.

“I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.”

― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre


József Bíró

Tchello d'Barros

Anita Dolman

Dona Mayoora

Loss Pequeño Glazier

Bola Opaleke

Willy Palomo


fátima queiroz

James Sanders

Ines Seidel

Kate Siklosi 

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