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Ashes, Paper & Beans
Fredericton’s Writing & Art Show

Tuesday, 7-8 pm, Atlantic Time
on with host Joe Blades

Our current year's programming: ashespaperandbeans.htm

Past programming: APB 2001, APB 2002, APB 2003, APB 2004, APB 2005, APB 2006 APB 2007 APB 2008.


Our 2004 programming schedule:
28 Dec: broadcast of previous episode

21 Dec: Selections from Storming the Stage: 32 Author interviews (Literary Press Group of Canada, 2004): A Voyage On Sunday by Edward O. Phillips, Taste of Montreal by Barry Lazar, Let’s Talk Wine by Marc Chapleau, You Got The Part by Marsha Chesley, Running in Prospect Cemetery by Susan Glickman. “Industrial Base”, “Return”, “Come Dance”, and “I’ll Stay” by Rae Marie Taylor. Mari-Lou Rowley’s poetry CD Cellular Logic.

14 Dec. Selections from Storming the Stage: 32 Author interviews (Literary Press Group of Canada, 2004): A House by the Sea by Sikeena Karmali, An Ordinary Star by Carole Giangrande, Phantom Ships by Claude Le Bouthillier, Your Secrets Sleep With Me by Darren O’Donnell, Sun on the Mountains: The Story of Blue Eye by Tyler Trafford, Furious Observations of a Blue-Eyed Ojibway by Drew Hayden Taylor. From the 2004 Side by Side Festival Côte à Côte, a panel: “Translating Herstory and Transmitting Women’s Stories” (part 2)—Jo-Anne Elder (moderator), Patricia Claxton, Lori Saint-Martin, Imelda Perley. Mari-Lou Rowley from her CD Cellular Logic: “Homeopathiclogic (Cantharis)”, “Homeopathiclogic (Hydrophobinum)”, “Elucidata: Sex in Space Time”, “Elucidata: String Theory”.

7 Dec: From the 2004 Side by Side Festival Côte à Côte, a panel: “Translating Herstory and Transmitting Women’s Stories”—Jo-Anne Elder (moderator), Patricia Claxton, Lori Saint-Martin, Imelda Perley. Mari-Lou Rowley from her CD Cellular Logic: “Homeopathiclogic (Cantharis)”.

30 Nov: Selections from Storming the Stage: 32 Author interviews (Literary Press Group of Canada, 2004): Divine Elemental by Raywat Deonandan, The True Names of Birds by Susan Goyette, (alive): Poems new and selected by Rhea Tregebov, The Dark Time of Angels by Pier Giorgio Di Cicco, Lives of the Saints by Nino Ricci. A 1997 reading by the late New Brunswick poets: Kay Smith—including “A Shimmering At the Edge”, “Out of Silences”, “Doors”, “Arrival”, “Waitings” and “The Old in One Another’s Arms”—and Fred Cogswell—including “When Time has Closed My Coffin Lid”.

23 Nov: “In the Time Before“ by Barbara Adler. Live interview with poet Erin Mouré, the 2004-2005 UNB/Canada Council for the Arts Writer-in-Residence

16 Nov: “life with the barons”, a short story by Janis Spence from on the beach in spanish room (Rattling Books, 2003). Rae Marie Taylor with “Shattered Angel” and “Love Song for What We are Losing” from her CD Black Grace

9 Nov: From the 2004 Side by Side Festival Côte à Côte: Jo-Anne Elder interview with translator Patricia Claxton.

2 Nov: “Circus” by Tom Waits. Live interview with Biff Mitchell, videopoem fanatic, and Cassie Mitchell. Recorded interview with two Wolsak & Wynn authors: Matthew Tierney and Steve McOrmond. Rae Marie Taylor with “Elsewhere” from her CD Black Grace

26 Oct: rebroadcast of a previous episode.

19 Oct: rebroadcast of a previous episode.

12 Oct: “the naked ladies”, a short story by Janis Spence from on the beach in spanish room (Rattling Books, 2003). Readings by Dyane Legére, Allison Comeau, M.T. Dohaney reading Joan Clark, and Lori Saint-Martin, from the 2004 Side by Side Festival Côte à Côte, le festival de traduction littéraire. “What It Is...” by Motion.

5 Oct: Readings by Gwen Bear, Dyane Legére, Patricia Claxton, and Nancy Bauer, from the 2004 Side by Side Festival of Literary Translation/Festival Côte à Côte, le festival de traduction littéraire. Poet Agnes Walsh from her CD In the Old Country Of My Heart (Rattling Books, 2003).

28 Sept: Three Canadian women poets: Motion from her CD Motion in Poetry (Womens Press, 2003); Agnes Walsh from her CD In the Old Country Of My Heart (Rattling Books, 2003); Rae Marie Taylor from her CD Black Grace (Two Shores Press, 2004).

21 Sept: Sept: Readings (part 7) from Donovan’s Station (Rattling Books, 2003) by Robin McGrath.

14 Sept: Readings (part 6) from Donovan’s Station (Rattling Books, 2003) by Robin McGrath.

7 Sept: Readings (part 5) from Donovan’s Station (Rattling Books, 2003) by Robin McGrath.

31 Aug: Readings (part 4) from Donovan’s Station (Rattling Books, 2003) by Robin McGrath.

24 Aug: Readings (part 3) from Donovan’s Station (Rattling Books, 2003) by Robin McGrath.

17 Aug: Readings (part 2) from Donovan’s Station (Rattling Books, 2003) by Robin McGrath.

10 Aug: rebroadcast of a previous episode.

3 Aug: rebroadcast of a previous episode.

27 July: Interview with Chilean-Canadian poet Roberto Viereck.

23 July, 7-8 pm: Highland Ashes, Paper & Beans. Scottish poetry: Bobby Murray with “Rolling Around in the Night”, his telling of poet Robert Burns’ “Tam O’Shanter”. Mike Dillon “A touch of the maternals”, “Mudwalking” and “Micturition”; Christina De Lucas with “Fowl play”, “Gyaain fur da mylk” and “Terms of carriage”; Ken Cadwallender “The tale of the three little pigs”, “Love on a branchline” and “Me & the racist next door”; Mike Dillon & Maggie Jamieson “Rat in a Raincoat”; Maggie Jamieson “Boiling point”, “Frankly speaking”, “Only a mote in an eye” and “Dream your dreams away”; Ken Nelson “In Edinbra in spring”, “Lang toon shore”, “Sisyphus released” and “Duddington Loch at dusk”; Janet Paisley “Sandra: In all innocence”, “Don’t say you love me daddy” and “Seriously though”; John McCaughie “Jim sees double”, “Jim’s in two minds”, “Nights of cider & sherry” and “Yin summer” – all from Poetry plus (Edinburgh Writers’ Assoc., 1995). “A Scottish Farewell” by Monty Python.

20 July: Readings from Donovan’s Station (Rattling Books, 2003) by Robin McGrath


13 July: Ron Hynes and Diedre Gillard-Rowlings reading from Michael Crummy’s Hard Light (Rattling Books, 2003). Tim Stock reading “For a Coming Extinction” by W.S. Merwin. From the Dig Your Roots Spoken Word CD: “Barreling Madly” by Steph Berntson, “Arsenic and Boldface” by Kevin Matthews, “I Spy” by Derek Bradford, “Bulletin de nouvelles en bref, version 1” by Ève Langevin, “A Paper Son” by Gein Wong, “Fragment de Réflection du Mirroir 2: Forêt Vierge” by Khyro, “Pussycat Pussycat” by Jeremy Gorman, “In the Time Before” by Barbara Adler, and “Hard to Choke Your Artichoke Heart” by Nico Rogers.

6 July: Vincent Tinguely with “Escape Velocity” from his cassette Voice of the Translator: In Full Retreat From Reality. Michael Crummy, Ron Hynes and Diedre Gillard-Rowlings reading from Michael Crummy’s Hard Light (Rattling Books, 2003)

29 June: Fred Cogswell reading poems from his first book through to new poems in the 1980s, plus Fred Cogswell being interviewed by Robert Enwright, from his Modern Canadian Poets: A Recorded Archive series cassette (League of Canadian Poets).

22 June: Margaret Macpherson reading her stort story “Raising Cade” from Perilous Departures (Signature Editions, 2004); Motion (Wendy Braithwaithe) with Motion in Poetry: the audio xperience (Women’s Press, 2003)

15 June: rebroadcast of a previous episode

8 June: From the Dig Your Roots Spoken Word CD: “Barreling Madly” by Steph Berntson. Live joint interview with two artists: Acadien author/artist, The Honourable Herménégilde Chiasson, Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of New Brunswick, and author/editor/translator Jo-Anne Elder, including bilingual (French/English) readings of the poems “Eugénie Melanson” and “Elle avait une idée approxative du réel”.

1 June: rebroadcast of a previous episode

25 May: “Combat, Death and the Politically Correct Birthday Party”, “A Path Through the Clouds”, “Scaling the Heights of Knighthood”, and “The Trashy Side of the Middle Ages” from “We Are Not Amused, Sir Guillaume!” & Other Comic Tales from the Middle Ages by Scott Farrell. Viajah Morgan with “Prison”, “Righteousness”, “Praises”, “Me”, and “Black Baby”. From Dig Your Roots Spoken Word: “Fragment de Réflection du Mirroir 2: Forêt Vierge” by Khyro, “Pussycat Pussycat” by Jeremy Gorman, “In the Time Before” by Barbara Adler, and “Hard to Choke Your Artichoke Heart” by Nico Rogers.

18 May: From London Life by bill bissett: “th monstr in th wall makes me type”, “thees jets wer flying”, “what can we dew with uor hearts”, “toxic blobs calld potenshul disastr”, “london life”, “running with th liquid dansrs in the sky” “karibu road” and “life etc …”. Viajah Morgan with “The Poet”, “Mother Land”, “Children” and “Simple Man”. Two by Alexis O’Hara: “Plastic Bullets” and “Seaside Sick”. From Dig Your Roots Spoken Word: “Barreling Madly” by Steph Berntson; “Arsenic and Boldface” by Kevin Matthews; “I Spy” by Derek Bradford; “Bulletin de nouvelles en bref, version 1” by Ève Langevin; and “Mother’s Song” by Heather Majaury.

11 May: “Axing History’s Toughest Questions”, “Meeting of the Mindless”, and “Going Mental on the Middle Ages”, from “We Are Not Amused, Sir Guillaume!” & Other Comic Tales from the Middle Ages by Scott Farrell. From the Fourth Multicultural-Multilingual Poetry Reading in Fredericton, 21 March, World Poetry Day 2004 with emcees Jacob Thorpe, Janet Ji: Readers — Xi Zhang (Mandarin) reading Mao; Joe Blades (English) reading his poem “affix to third package”; Zuo Yi (Cantonese); Haydee Saidee (Spanish); Lei Cheng & Huan Zhao (Mandarin); Janet Ji (Mandarin); Nela Rio (Spanish). “Mythology” by Unblind.

4 May: rebroadcast of a previously aired episode.

27 April: From the Fourth Multicultural-Multilingual Poetry Reading in Fredericton, 21 March, World Poetry Day 2004 with emcees Jacob Thorpe, Janet Ji: Readers — Kathy Mac, Zeng Lian (Mandarin), Barbara Romanik (Polish/English), Linglong Chen & Mei Mei Wu (Mandarin), Roberto Vierek (Spanish), Wang Sha (Mandarin) read & sung. Fredericton Arts News. From the Dig Your Roots Spoken Word CD: “Barreling Madly” by Steph Berntson, “Arsenic and Boldface” by Kevin Mattews, “I Spy” by Derek Bradford, “Bulletin de nouvelles en bref, version 1” by Ève Langevin, “Pussycat Pussycat” by Jeremy Gorman, “In the Time Before” by Barbara Adler, “Hard to Choke Your Artichoke Heart” by Nico Rogers. “Untitled” by Julie Parrell, and “I Sold My Wealth” by Odessa Thornhill, “homebody/homegirl” by T.L. Cowan. “Me” by Viajah Morgan.

20 April: Recorded “Interview with PEI poet Brent MacLaine”, by Joe Blades. “Crow Fusion” by Sheri-D Wilson. “Trains of Winnipeg” by Clive Holden. “This is For the Night People” by Ralph. “Snare, Kick, Rack and Floor” by Paul Dutton. “Two Kinds” by Steven Ross Smith.

13 April: “A Paper Son” by Gein Wong. Live interview with the editors of Qwerty magazine: Naomi Lewis, Barbara Romanik, Joel Katelnikoff including read excepts by Barbara Romanik from “Waiting For Something Beautiful to Happen” by Mike Belyea; by Naomi Lewis from her story “Why Drew Barrymore”; Joel Katelnikoff from his story “Grocery Stories”. “Mother Land” by Viajah Morgan.

6 April: Recorded interview with novelist Raywat Deonandan. “Make Me/Sombrio Spirit” by Janet Marie Rogers. Fredericton Art & Literary News, by Joe Blades. From the Fourth Multicultural-Multilingual Poetry Reading in Fredericton, 21 March, World Poetry Day 2004 with emcees Jacob Thorpe, Janet Ji: Introduction by Nela, Readers — Carlos Morales (Spanish/English/French), Juan Wu (Mandarin), Jo-Anne Elder (French/English), Jacob Thorpe (Danish). “Hard to Choke Your Artichoke Heart” by Nico Rogers.; “homebody/homegirl” by T.L. Cowan.

30 March: “In the Time Before” by Barbara Adler. Live interview with poets/UNB grad students Rebecca Fredrickson, author of A Secret Envy of the Unsaved(Coteau Books), and Catherine Greenwood (part 1). CHSR Station ID (Joey Shithead). “I Sold My Wealth” by Odessa Thornhill (Queen). Live interview with Rebecca Fredrickson and Catherine Greenwood (part 2). Fredericton Art Exhibits and Readings News by Joe Blades. “Unbind” by Mythology.

23 March: “Another Story”, poem by Joe Blades. “You arrived this morning”, audio from an installation artwork by Richard Ibghy & Marilou Lemmens. “Dreams” by Lou Reed & John Cale. “The Night Flight from Houston” and “The Rotowhirl” by Laurie Anderson. “homebody/homegirl” by T.L. Cowan. Interview with PEI poet Brent MacLaine” by Joe Blades.

16 March: “Froo Froo the Talking Cat” by Radio Free Vestibule. Selections from the Dig Your Roots Spoken Word CD: “Pussycat Pussycat” by Jeremy Gorman, “In the Time Before” by Barbara Adler, “Hard to choke your Artichoke Heart” by Nico Rogers, “Untitled” by Julie Parrell, and “I Sold My Wealth” by Odessa Thornhill (Queen). “World Domination League” by Peter Cook. “Do Not Go Gentle” by Dylan Thomas. Fredericton Art & Writing event PSAs read by Joe Blades. “Urban Camper” by Vandal. “Riddim an’ Hardtimes” by Lillian Allen. “Counter Attack” by Dub Trinity. “You arrived this morning” – audio from installation artwork of the same name by Richard Ibghy & Marilou Lemmens.

9 March: Women writers episode – “Eine Tasse Tee (a poem)” by Bif Naked. “Sex Goddess of the Western Hemisphere” by Maggie Estep. Selections from the Judy MacInnes Jr. book/CD Snatch (Anvil Press, 2000): “Lure”; “Horizontal Iceberg” (performed by Veda Hille); “Something Round” (performed by Dawn Petton); “How do Snake Handlers Fall in Love?” (performed by Steve Duncan); “Manjeet”; “Le blues pour Rosa Parks / A Blues Poem for Rose Parks” and “aman marchait comme le vent danse / Mama Walk Like the Wind Dance” by Beverly Matherne. Selections from the Dig Your Roots Spoken Word CD: “Barreling Madly”, by Steph Berntson; “Bulletin de nouvelles en bref, version 1” by Ève Langevin; “In the Time Before” by Barbara Adler. Selections from ribsauce: a cd/anthology of words by women (Montréal: Véhicule Press & Wired on Words): “She” by Mary Elizabeth Grace; “Salt in the Wound” by Victoria Stanton; “Cuadrilla Cadré” by Adeena Karasick.

2 March: Interview with Dig Your Roots Spoken Word artist Jeremy Gorman. Includes reading of his pieces “Pussycat Pussycat” (from CD), “Doctor Foster”, and “Peas Porridge Hot”. “Sound Poem” by Fluffy Pagan Echoes.

24 Feb: Three poems by Hugh Hazelton: “Going Outside”, “Dancer”, “Wordwork”. Joe Blades interviews poet Hilary Clark. “A Path Through the Clouds”, by Scott Farrell. “Barreling Madly”, by Steph Berntson. “Arsenic and Boldface”, by Kevin Mattews. The Poetry & Prose of Wayne Ray (read by person indicated) – Wayne Ray, “Twenty Years”, “Gasping For Air”, “I Have A Secret life”; Linda Ham, “joy”; Nina Davis, “Hoarfrost”; Wayne Ray, “Don’t Blame The Stone”.

17 Feb: Three poems by Hugh Hazelton: “The Gates of the City”, “Lethal Injection”, “Regarding Sight”. “VQQV” by Excavation sonore (with Le collectif TAP Poésie). “Eine Tasse Tee (a poem)” by Bif Naked.

10 Feb: from the Third International Multicultural-Multilingual Poetry Reading, St Thomas University, Fredericton NB, (recorded World Poetry Day, 21 March 2003): Carlos Morales, “Les pido que este dia” (I Ask You on This Day), Spanish; Naushaba Kurshid, “Khuli Ankh Ka Sapna” (Dream in My Wakefullness), read in Urdhu; Carol Grace Scott, “A Grandmother’s Dream”; Angelique Wojicik reading “The End and the Begining”, an English translation of poem by Wieslawa Szymborska; Jordan Trethewey, “Canned Laughter”; Trudi Price reading Susan McMaster poem “How God Sees”; Gail Taylor, “Attention, Homo Sapientia”; Nela Rio, “En las noches ... VIII”, Spanish; Kim Clowater reading “War”, an English tranlation of a poem by Jalal Bar Zanji (Iraq, 1993); Tony Steele, “Questions of Spiritual Materialness”. Three poems by Hugh Hazelton: “They Come”, “Consort”, “returnreturnreturn”. “Droppin’ Revolution”, by Sekou Sundiata. “th wizard uv time” by bill bissett & bill roberts.

9 Feb: Rebroadcast of 3 Feb 2004 episode.

3 Feb: “Twisted Hair” poem by David Carson (Red Dog), performed by Robbie Robertson & the Red Road Ensemble. “Lure” by Judy MacInnes Jr. “Sea Peach” by Catherine Kidd & Jack Beetz. “Imani/faith” by nah-ae-lah. “Crow Fusion” by Sheri-D Wilson. “I Started to Get Sick in New York” by Ian Stephens. “Letters from the Ice Age (live)” by Ian Ferrier. “Trains of Winnipeg” by Clive Holden. Reg E. Gaines feature: “Off Da Wall”, “Kids "R" Us”, “Watermelon, Lox & Bagels”, “Loaded .45”.

2 Feb: Rebroadcast of 27 Jan 2004 episode.

27 Jan: “Global Warming” by Catherine Kidd & Jack Beetz. “Word Work”, “The Imperial Birthday Party”, “Product” by Hugh Hazelton. “Childhood Clichés” by George Carlin. “Use Me While You Can” by Bruce Cockburn. “kaktus years” by bill bissett and bill roberts. “È un posto”, “Il quartiere posacenere”, “Il prossimo”, “La rivière des larmes empaquetées”, “The Doors Open and I Consume” from À chacun son dépanneur (Erosha) by Andrea Martignoni.

26 Jan: Rebroadcast of 20 Jan 2004 episode.

20 Jan: From Broken Pencil: an evening of Underground Can-culture @ Gallery Connexion: Hal Niedzviecki introduction of Mark Jarman; Mark Jarman reads from his novel Salvage King, Ya! (Anvil Press); Hal Niedzviecki reads from his novel Ditch (Random House Canada). Suite of Beverly Matherne poems: “Maman marchait comme le vent danse/Mama Walk Like the Wind Dance”, “Le blues de la basse-cour/Bad Cock Blues”, “Quand un homme attrape le cancer/When a Man Gets Cancer”. Ad: Centre for Arts and Technology. Scott Farrell: “Going Mental on the Middle Ages”.

19 Jan: Rebroadcast of 13 Jan 2004 episode.

13 Jan: from the American Literary Translators Association 26th Annual Conference “Nela Rio: her translators and editor”. Elizabeth Gamble Miller introduction. Nela Rio remarks; Hugh Hazelton remarks; Nela and Hugh reading poems #1 and #4 from Túnel de proa verde/Tunnel of the Green Prow. Nela Rio introduction; Edith Jonsson-Devillers remarks; Nela and Edith reading poems “4” and “En el tiempo de la vigilia” from Aquella luz, le que estremece. Nela Rio introduction; Jill Valéry remarks; Nela & Jill read poems #9 and #13 from El las noches que destivan otras noches (Durant les nuits qui déshabillent d’autres nuits). Nela Rio introduction; Elizabeth Gamble Miller remarks; Nela and Elizabeth read poem “A Ña María/To María, with Affection”. From Broken Pencil evening of Undergroung Can-Culture @ Gallery Connexion: Joel Katelnikoff with “Brecken Walks a Cat”; “Independent Cultural Action” (part two) by Marc Ngui; Emily Schultz reads “The Cheerleader” by Claire Batler; Hal Niedzviecki rant then intro of Candace Mooers; Candace Mooers reads piece of hers from Maggot Zine and a “Toilet Review” from Senseless Ramblings.

12 Jan: Rebroadcast of 6 Jan 2004 episode.

6 Jan: Four pieces by bill bissett and bill roberts: “desert wings”, “rumours of hurricane”, “can i feed my soul”, “pacing the balustrade”. Joe Blades reads bio of recently departed poet John Newlove. DJ Spooky “Interlude”/“Give Blood (DJ Spooky Remix)” Saul Williams. Hugh Hazelton from antimatter (Broken Jaw Press) CD: “lethal injection”, “regarding sight”, your turn”, “never forget”, “Violent Monkey”, “antimatter”. Beverly Matherne poem “Je vas vendre mon chasse-neige/Sellin’ My Snow Blowin’ Machine”.

5 Jan: Rebroadcast of 30 Dec 2003 episode. Feature on classic French fables in verse recorded on CD in the book Once Again, La Fontaine (Wesleyan University Press, 2000) by Jean de La Fontain, translated by Norman R. Shapero. Reading by Douglas Sills – “The Ploughman and his Sons”, “The Sheperd and the Lion & the Lion and the Hunter”, “The Drunkard and His Wife”, “Phoebus and Boreas”, “The Hare and the Frogs”, “The Eagle and the Magpie”, “Death and the Wretched Man & Death and the Woodsman”, “The Wolf and the Scrawny Dog”, “The Lark, Her Little Ones, and the Farmer Who Owns the Field”, “The Wolves and the Ewes”, “The Wagoner Stuck in the Mud”, “The Rats in Council Assembled”, “The Fishes and the Cormorant”, “The Charlatan”, “The Oracle and the Infidel”, “The Sheperd and the Sea”, “The Gardener and His Lord”, “The Horse and the Wolf”, “The Spider and the Swallow”, “The Wolf and the Fox”, “The Ass and the Pup”, “The Horse Who Sought Revenge on the Stag”, “The Hornets and the Honeybees”.