On the Poetry Phone, Vancouver’s first free poetry hotline

I’m delighted to see a buzz gathering around the Poetry Phone, Vancouver’s first free poetry hotline. Here are a collection of interviews and articles delving deeper into this wonderful project:

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A Q&A at Stir: Arts and Culture Vancouver

What makes poetry pertinent to, or helpful amid, the times we’re living in, this period of isolation and worry?

I think like all art, poetry helps us connect: to our own emotions; to social issues; to the world around us.

The Poetry Phone project seeks to provide a connection to joy, to comfort, and also, like any good poem will do, to provoke and inspire.”

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Vancouver Is Awesome

2020 has been a challenging year for many people, and it’s the small things that can bring joy to someone’s day,” says Charles Gauthier, CEO of the DVBIA, in the release. “The Poetry Phone is a simple way to bring a smile to people’s faces and celebrate the work of local artists.”

On the Coast with Gloria Macarenko

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News1130: Poetry Hotline Launches in Vancouver

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Give the line a ring, won’t you? #VanPoetryPhone

2 lives shattered by airline tragedies, a conversation

CBC the Front Burner

CBC’s Podcast show The Front Burner approached me to do an interview about what it’s like to suffer a loss in an airplane bombing. The experience was painful and thought-provoking. Trigger warning: subject matter is about airplane bombings:

“Hamed Esmaeilion lost his wife and daughter in the downing of Ukrainian International Airlines Flight PS752 in Iran. Renée Sarojini Saklikar lost her aunt and uncle in the bombing of Air India Flight 182. Today on Front Burner, they share a conversation about confronting grief, living with unanswered questions and looking for justice in the midst of tragedy.”

Listen to the Interview Here


An Interview on CBC Radio’s On the Island

A Canadian tragedy in verse

Tune into CBC Radio On The Island to listen Renee chat with host Khalil Akhtar about children of air india and the reading tonight at Planet Earth Poetry.

Station: CBC Radio One – 90.5FM in Victoria.

Listen to the interview here

An Interview on North by Northwest, CBC Radio One

Host Sheryl Mackay sits down with Renée to talk about children of air india, Saturday morning on North by Northwest.

Time: November 16th from 6:00 to 9:00 AM

Station: CBC Radio One at 690AM or 88.1FM

Listen to the interview here, 22 minutes in.