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Metacösm is a podcast from Metatron Press that dares to get real and intimate with contemporary poets and writers.

Curated and hosted by Metatron author and editor Brad Casey, Metacösm carves out a sonic space for intimate understandings of what it means—in contemporary times—to write.
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The Nerves - A Fervidly Psychedelic Odyssey of Queer Eros

MetacösmNov 01, 2022

The Nerves - A Fervidly Psychedelic Odyssey of Queer Eros

The Nerves - A Fervidly Psychedelic Odyssey of Queer Eros

This week we shine a spotlight on Lee Suksi’s delicious debut The Nerves, a book we published in 2020. Enjoy a sampling of 10 chapters from 8 different voices. Special thanks to Inez, Ami, Dillon, Vic, Aley, Asher, Zoe and Carmen for contributing readings to this episode.
The Nerves subverts the literary approach to sexuality by treating the erotic not as a site of anxiety but of reverie. Set in an imaginary world where our sense memories tell us who we are, Lee Suksi's literary debut is psychedelic, attentive, cinematic and hot. Writing toward sensitivity and ecstasy, exploring touch as healing abandon, The Nerves is charged with desire, devotion, and creative fantasy. Through a series of joyful encounters, Suksi reminds us that pleasure can be abundant, nuanced and that it can heal. Engaging in a queer erotics of language, Suksi’s debut is a bundle of wet atmospheres, speaking to the faith found in touch.
The Nerves went on to win the 2021 Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Erotica.

Inez - Janus
Inez - Winny
Ami - Oris
Dillon - Jara
Vic - Sassa
Ami - Keet
Aley - Lulu
Asher - Hearth
Zoe - Rus
Carmen - Arma
Nov 01, 202224:46
Aeon Ginsberg: Same Amount of Joy

Aeon Ginsberg: Same Amount of Joy

Join Aeon Ginsberg this week from Baltimore as we talk about being stupid vs being dumb, working in bars, cyborgs, movement, transition, and death, and most importantly Aeon's beautiful poetry book, Greyhound. Aeon also closes out this episode with a new poem from a new series.
Aeon Ginsberg is a trans feminine agender bitch from Baltimore City, MD. Eir work 'Greyhound' was the 2019 Noemi Press Poetry Prize winner in 2019 and was a Lambda Literary award finalist for transgender poetry in 2020.
Oct 27, 202201:11:47
Stephen Thomas: One Foot in Another World
Oct 13, 202201:01:00
Rollie Pemberton: Making a Scene

Rollie Pemberton: Making a Scene

Join Rollie Pemberton this week in Montreal as we talk about Rollie's memoir, Bedroom Rapper, which serves not only as a personal history but also as a history of rap and a documentation of creative communities in Edmonton and Montreal. We also talk about his music as Cadence Weapon, his time as the Poet Laureate of Edmonton, our mutual respect and admiration for Buck 65, what it's like to write memoir at a young age, the difference between the practices of writing songs and writing poems, and what it felt like to be booed by a massive audience of Rihanna fans. 

Rollie Pemberton, aka Cadence Weapon, is a Canadian rapper, producer, writer, and DJ whose latest album Parallel World won the 2021 Polaris Music Prize and whose memoir Bedroom Rapper was published by Penguin Random House in 2022.

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Sep 29, 202201:08:08
Rachelle Toarmino: Let's Get the Girlies, We're Going to Do Something Else

Rachelle Toarmino: Let's Get the Girlies, We're Going to Do Something Else

In this episode we sit down with Rachelle Toarmino, founder and editor in chief at Peach Mag and author of the poetry collection That Ex, to talk about poetry, community, and academia. Currently doing an MFA at UMass Amherst, Rachelle tells us about her last three years focusing primarily on poetry, we talk about the creation of Peach Mag and why it felt necessary at the time to do something against the mainstream with an ethics of care at its forefront, and we talk about being online and whether its a necessity or not, as a writer, to engage with social media. We also touch on writing practice, coming to writing later in life, neuroticism, and the joys of beginning to write fiction. Rachelle Toarmino is a poet from Niagara Falls, New York. She is the author of the poetry collection That Ex and the chapbooks Comeback, Feel Royal, and Personal & Generic. She is the founding editor in chief of Peach Mag, an independent literary publishing project with an online journal, print anthologies, live and virtual events, and an editorial apprenticeship for teens. She is also an editorial advisor to Foundlings Press. She lives between Buffalo and Western Massachusetts, where she is an MFA candidate in poetry at UMass Amherst.
Sep 15, 202201:04:12
Cody Caetano: Memoir and Mentorship
Sep 01, 202201:10:58
Šari Dale: Enter the Ultra-Glam

Šari Dale: Enter the Ultra-Glam

Join Šari Dale this week in Prince George. In this episode we talk about Šari's debut poetry book, Para-Social Butterfly, in which the narrator, a young woman disillusioned with her life, decides to live in a digital space called The Ultra-Glam, blurring the lines between the reality experienced in physical and digital spaces. Šari also talks about how her work as a copywriter plays into the writing of her poetry, as well as early experiences in internet chat rooms and current experiences in social media. We discuss persona and influence, her obsession with reality TV, and her current work which draws from the influence of nature and of monster trucks. 

Šari Dale writes from Prince George, BC on unceded ancestral lands of the Lheidli T'enneh. She holds a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, where she was the recipient of The Creative Writing Prize. Her poetry has been published in Arc, Grain, and The Malahat Review among others and anthologized in Best Canadian Poetry 2021 and Poetry Daily.

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Aug 18, 202258:15
bill bissett: becoming the line moving through space

bill bissett: becoming the line moving through space

Join legendary Canadian poet bill bissett this week on Metacösm. Deemed The Godfather of Canadian Poetry, bill bissett is a prolific artist whose writing and painting span seven decades. In that time bill has published over seventy books as well as created countless paintings and albums of music, has performed hundreds of readings, ran blewointment magazine and blewointment press, was the subject of documentaries, was persecuted for his work by conservative politicians, received support from Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Margaret Atwood, Leonard Cohen, and bpNichol, was sampled by The Chemical Brothers, has been an advocate for gay rights, women's rights, and the environment, and so much more. His writing, which is lyrical at heart and employs a style often described as unconventional, employs purposeful misspelling, visual and auditory elements, and focuses on love, pain, death, politics, sex, longing, beauty, and an attempt to make sense of the senselessness of this world. He is a true artist.

In this episode our host Brad Casey pieces together several recordings done with bill over the last seven years, beginning in 2014 when he contacted bill to do a formal interview on his life, an interview which became lost. Since then Brad has conducted several informal interviews with bill, the latest being in late 2021, and pieced together clips from all of these interviews to create this episode which serves primarily as a portrait of Bill Bissett but also a tribute to the friendship that has grown between bill and Brad over those years.

May 24, 202201:53:15
Marlowe Granados

Marlowe Granados

Join Marlowe Granados this week in Toronto. Find out why Marlowe prefers hanging out with poets over fiction writers, or why she eye-rolled her way through her university creative writing program. We also get a behind-the-scenes peek at what it was like to publish and release Happy Hour, including being profiled in New York Magazine, hiding out in her hotel during her press tour in NYC, and what it's ultimately like to be perceived through your writing.

Marlowe is a writer and filmmaker. She co-hosts The Mean Reds, a podcast dedicated to women-led films. Her advice column, "Designs for Living," appears in The Baffler. After spending time in New York and London, Granados currently resides in Toronto. Happy Hour is her début novel.

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May 10, 202201:04:40
Sofia Banzhaf

Sofia Banzhaf

Join writer, actress and filmmaker Sofia Banzhaf in her living room in Tkaron:to/Toronto for the next episode of Metacösm.
Her and Brad discuss bimbos, the void that writing fills, booby trapping your journals, how writing can reveal more things about the reader than the author, how writing is the art of asking impossible questions, the power of Jean Rhys, losing your archive and more. Music by Dana Gavanski.
Sofia Banzhaf is a writer, actress, and filmmaker whose poetry and fiction have appeared in The Fanzine, Hobart Pulp, Peach Mag, Riddle Fence, X-R-A-Y, and Bad Nudes, among others. Her novella Pony Castle won the Metatron Prize for Rising Authors. She resides in Toronto.
Apr 26, 202201:16:14
Ali Pinkney

Ali Pinkney

Join writer and poet Ali Pinkney at her kitchen table for the latest episode of Metacösm this week.

Ali Pinkney is a literary writer based on Tkaron:to/Toronto where she is a graduate student with the Department of English in the Field of Creative Writing at the University of Toronto. She published her debut collection of poetry, Tampion, with Metatron Press in 2014. Ali holds a BA in English and Creative Writing (2017) and an MA in English Literature (2021) from Concordia University in Tiohtià:ke/Montréal. Her thesis work focused on Percy Bysshe Shelley's idiosyncratic use of extended and accumulative similes. She sees Shelley's operations with this poetic technique as a way of producing matrices of reciprocity that poetically engender a politics of sympathetic intimacy that values plurality and alterity over the logic of likeness and categorical subsumption. Currently, Ali works as a teaching assistant of undergraduate creative writing at the University of Toronto.

Apr 12, 202201:22:53
Lee Suksi

Lee Suksi

Join writer Lee Suksi this week for our third episode of Metacösm.

Lee Suksi's debut book The Nerves (Metatron Press, 2020) won the 2021 Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Erotica. Their art writing accompanies and has been presented at exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Cooper Cole, Georgia Scherman Projects, Susan Hobbs, Towards, The Table, and Calaboose. They’ve presented at Doored, Images Festival and Blackwood Gallery.

Mar 29, 202201:14:15
Fariha Roísín

Fariha Roísín

Join writer Fariha Roísín this week for our second episode of Metacösm.

Fariha Róisín is a multidisciplinary artist, born in Ontario, Canada. She was raised in Sydney, Australia, and is based in Los Angeles, California. As a Muslim queer Bangladeshi, she is interested in the margins, liminality, otherness, and the mercurial nature of being. Her work has pioneered a refreshing and renewed conversation about wellness, contemporary Islam, and queer identities and has appeared in The New York Times, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, Vice, Village Voice, and others.

She is currently the co-founder and director of Studio Ānanda, a space of cultivation and archive for radical, anti-colonial wellness; deputy editor of Violet Book, and sits on the Board of Directors at Find Center. She also teaches a quarterly class called Writing with Vulnerability and writes a weekly newsletter.

Róisín has published a book of poetry entitled How To Cure A Ghost (Abrams, 2019), a journal called Being In Your Body (Abrams, 2019) and a novel named Like A Bird (Unnamed Press, 2020).

Her first work of non-fiction is forthcoming and entitled Who Is Wellness For? An Examination of Wellness Culture and Who it Leaves Behind, which will be published by HarperWave, on June 14th, 2022. Her second book of poetry is Survival Takes A Wild Imagination and will be published by Andrews McNeel, Fall 2023.

Mar 15, 202201:09:16
Ivanna Baranova

Ivanna Baranova

Join poet Ivanna Baranova this week for our first episode of Metacösm.

Ivanna Baranova is the author of CONFIRMATION BIAS (Metatron Press, 2019). Her poems have been published by or are forthcoming with Cixous72, Jubilat, Newest York, and Peace on Earth Review. She lives in Los Angeles and helps with communications at The Poetry Project.

Feb 21, 202201:13:56