Eat the Storms – The Podcast Podcast – Episode 1 – Season 5

Podcast available on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Anchor, Breaker, Player FM, Radio Public, OverCast, PocketCast, CastBox, iTunes, Podbean, Podcast Addicts and many more platforms.

This episode aired first on Saturday 7th May 2022. The guests were Marie Marchand, Phil Vernon, Renee Liang, Raegen Pietrucha, Emilie Collier, Catherine Gander, produced and hosted by Damien B. Donnelly. Below are details and links to all the guest stars…

Marie Marchand

Marie Marchand is Poet Laureate of Ellensburg, Washington. She has been published in Catamaran Literary ReaderCalifornia QuarterlyPaterson Literary ReviewTiny Seed JournalHigh Plains Register, and numerous chapbooks. Her new book Gifts to the Attentive will be published this Spring by Winter Goose Publishing. Her 2018 book Pink Sunset Luminaries features 100 poems about love, nature, and transcendence.  As a mental health advocate and person with lived experience, she believes that poetry is a testament to the triumph of hope over despair. She is a community leader with the National Alliance on Mental Illness and The Stability Network. She graduated from Naropa University and The Iliff School of Theology where she studied psychology, religion, and peacemaking.

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Phil Vernon

Phil Vernon lives in Kent, with his wife Tebo. He works Internationally on humanitarian, development and peace initiatives. His first collection Poetry After Auschwitz (Sentinel) was published in 2020, followed by Watching The Moon Landing (2022) from Hedgehog Poetry Press. He is working on a new series of poems exploring the connections between place, conflict and peace.

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Renee Liang

Renee Liang is a poet, playwright and essayist based in Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland), Aotearoa (New Zealand).  Her parents are Cantonese speaking immigrants from Hong Kong. She MCed at Poetry Live 2004-2008 and as Slammistress Renee ran some of Tāmaki Makaurau’s first poetry slams.  She has published several poetry chapbooks including Chinglish, Banana and Cardiac Cycle. Some poetry and short fiction are anthologised. As an established writer, Renee has collaborated on visual arts works, film, opera and music, produced and directed theatre works, worked as a dramaturge, taught creative writing and organized community-based arts initiatives such as New Kiwi Women Write, a writing workshop series for migrant women, and The Kitchen, a new program nurturing stories in local kitchens. Her work The Bone Feeder, originally a play, later adapted into an opera, was one of the first Asian-led mainstage works to be performed in NZ. Renee has written, produced and toured eight plays. In 2018 she was appointed a Member of the NZ Order of Merit for services to the arts, and won Next Woman of the Year for Arts and Culture.

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Raegen Pietrucha

Raegen Pietrucha writes, edits, and consults creatively and professionally. Her chapbook, An Animal I Can’t Name, won the 2015 Two of Cups Press competition; her debut poetry collection, Head of a Gorgon, is forthcoming with Vegetarian Alcoholic Press in May; and she has a memoir in progress. She received her MFA from Bowling Green State University, where she was an assistant editor for Mid-American Review. Her work has been published in Cimarron Review, Puerto del Sol, and other journals.

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Emilie Collyer

Emilie Collyer lives in Australia, on Wurundjeri land, where she writes poetry, plays and prose. Her work mines the intersection of the personal, the existential and the socio-political. Her writing is widely published both in Australia and internationally. Her debut full-length poetry collection is published in 2022 by Vagabond Press: Do you have anything less domestic? Emilie’s plays have won and been nominated for multiple awards including the Theatre503 International Playwriting Award (London), Queensland Premier’s Drama Award, George Fairfax, Patrick White and Malcolm Robertson. Emilie is a current PhD candidate at RMIT (Melbourne) where she is researching feminist creative practice.

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Find out more about Emilie at her website

Catherine Gander

Catherine Gander is a poet, scholar, and critic, originally from London and now living in Ireland. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Abridged, Anthropocene, Bad Lilies, Ink Sweat and Tears, Literary Mama, On the Seawall, One Hand Clapping, Palette, Poetry London, Prole (runner up: Prole Poetry Laureate 2021), Verve (commended: Verve Poetry Competition 2022), West Trestle Review, and many others. Nine of her poems feature in Sea Between Us, a Nine Series Anthology with Georgia Hilton and Anna Kisby (Nine Pens Press, 2022).

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For Sea between us check out None Pens

Upcoming Events

The Storms, a journal of poetry, prose and visual art is now open for submissions between 2nd May and 4th June 2022, with details here…

Damien B Donnelly, Producer, Host and Poet

Damien B Donnelly returned to Ireland in 2019 after 23 years in Paris, London and Amsterdam, working in the fashion industry as a pattern maker for various brands including Calvin Klein, & Other Stories, Pepe Jeans, Reiss and G-Star. His writing focuses on identity, fragility and connection. His interests revolve around falling over and learning how to get back up while baking delicious cakes. His work had been published in numerous journals online and in print including Black Bough Poetry, Barren Magazine, Anti Hereon Chic, Icefloe Press and The Bangor Literary Journal. His debut poetry pamphlet Eat the Storms, which was featured on the Poetry Book Society Winter List 2020/21 and his Stickleback micro collection Considering Canvases with Boys were both published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press, both with poems nominated for a Pushcart Prize. The conversation pamphlet he co-wrote with fellow Irish poet Eilín de Paor called In the Jitterfritz of Neon arrived on the 17th Jan 2022 and this will be followed by his first full collection documenting his love affair with Paris called Enough!

He is on Twitter at and instagram at @damiboy

You can follow him and buy his Eat the Storms debut pamphlet and his Stickleback micro collection and Jitterfritz at is website

Backing music for Eat the Storms is from Purple Planet Royalty Free Music, with thanks…

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Published by deuxiemepeau

Published poet, writer, baker and former fashion maker, with footprints in Paris, London and Amsterdam but currently back home in Dublin with sights aimed at leaving a mark on the West coast one clear fine day...

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