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Episode 36: Shuyin Yu interviews Terese Mason Pierre

Aug 15, 2022

In this interview, Terese Mason Pierre and Shuyin Yu discuss the importance of community as a part of the writing process, as well as how writers (introvert, extrovert, or ambivert) might be able to find and join writing communities. Along the way, they explore different metaphors to describe the writing process as a craft and how one might be able to nurture writing as a practice. Terese also talks about her recent speculative chapbooks, Surface Area and Manifest, her upcoming works, as well as her role as Co-Editor-in-Chief for Augur Magazine.

Shuyin Yu is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University of Calgary. Her research interests are East Asian diaspora studies, asexuality studies, and food studies in children’s and young adult literature and media. She received her H.B.A. from the University of Toronto and her M.A. from the University of Calgary.

Terese Mason Pierre is an award-nominated writer and editor. Her work has been published in The Walrus, Fantasy Magazine, and elsewhere online and in print. She is the co-editor-in-chief of Augur Magazine, and she is the author of chapbooks “Surface Area,” and. “Manifest.”

Show notes:

05:00 Terese introduces herself and her writing
06:30 The ‘I’ in Terese’s poetry and the themes that she writes about.
09:19 Reference to ROOM magazine
09:55 Shuyin’s English Literature class ENGL 251 at the University of Calgary in Winter 2022
11:06 The shift of genres and topics in Terese’s writings
12:23 Terese discusses poetry as a craft
12:59 Terese’s Chapbooks: “Surface Area” and “Manifest.”
14:17 Shuyin and Terese discuss writing as a sport or music
16:17 The speakers talk about how to deal with rejection of your writing as an emerging writer
18:14 The writers who influenced Terese:
18:27 Faith Arkorful
18:36 Terese is referring to My Grief, the Sun. Book by Sanna Wani
19:03 Abu Bakr Sadiq
20:06 Shuyin refers to #booklooks
21:08 Domenica Martinello; her Instagram; her book is All Day I Dream about Sirens
21:47 Shame on Me by Tessa McWatt; They Said This Would Be Fun by Eternity Martis
22:29 Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related by Jenny Heijun Wills
22:29 Terese references jaye simpson; Nisha Patel; Alicia Elliott; Victoria Liao
25:15 Shuyin references Augur Magazine
25:38 AugurCon Conference
25:43 The importance of communities to emerging writers
29:41 Terese talks about her experience as a co-editor at Augur Magazine
31:02 Reference to SFWA
31:10 Terese talks about the type of writing that Augur Magazine publishes and the meaning of Speculative Fiction.
35:02 Tips and advice from Terese to emerging writers before submitting their work
40:04 Terese reflects on how to make Augur Magazine’s work more accessible.
43:04 Changes in and the future of the publishing industry
48:06 Advice for younger, emerging and introverted writers who want to get started in publishing their works.
54:06 Terese on Social Media:
Terese’s Website; Twitter; Instagram; Augur Magazine on Twitter

TIA House recognizes the generous support of the Canada Research Chairs program and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. We also appreciate the support of the Faculty of Arts and the Department of English at the University of Calgary, where our offices are housed, as well as the guidance of Marc Stoeckle at the Taylor Family Digital Library.

TIA House is run by Larissa Lai, Shuyin Yu, Ryan Stearne, Shazia Ramji, Rebecca Geleyn, Mikka Jacobsen, Benjamin Ghan, Amy LeBlanc, Marc Lynch, and Mahmoud Ababneh.
Our Intro/Outro music is Monarch of the Streets by Loyalty Freak Music, accessed from the Free Music Archive.


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