Episode 5: Empty Spaces
Love can give us so much; heartaches, comfort, happiness, insanity, just to name a few. But like light creates shadow, so does love make empty space. In this episode of Stories Less Spoken, we explore the hollows love creates.
Finnian Burnett, author, Pennask Summit
Finnian Burnett is a professor, a writer, and a lifelong learner. They’re a doctoral student at Murray State University and an MFA instructor with Southern New Hampshire University. Finn runs the Golden Crown Literary Society’s Writing Academy and will corner people at parties to talk about the thrill of finding the perfect story structure.
Under their former name, Beth Burnett, Finn published several books with Sapphire Books Publishing, including two Rainbow Award winners. A self-published book, Coyote Ate the Stars, won first place in fantasy in the Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. They have also published works in various anthologies and journals including Sinister Wisdom, The Herstory Project, and the Resiliency Journal through the Calgary Arts Development.
Finn is enamoured with flash fiction and has led workshops and classes on harnessing the power of story in tiny packages. They are currently working on a queer Shakespeare retelling and a collection of essays and stories exploring the intersection of fatphobia and gender identity-based body dysphoria.
Finn lives in the interior of BC with their wife and Lord Gordo, the chonker cat.
Performed by Megan Greenwood
Megan was born and raised in Victoria, BC. Megan’s introduction to the performing arts was through ballet, a discipline she trained in for 17 years, completing her Royal Academy of Dance Advanced 2 Diploma in Classical Ballet. After graduating high school, Megan broadened her skills at the Canadian College of Performing Arts. She attended the college for three years and then went on to complete her Bachelor of Performing Arts at Douglas College in New Westminster. Megan is most at home in the world of theatre and musical theatre, but most of all she just loves to help a good story come to life. Some favourite characters she has played include Cinderella (Into the Woods, CCPA), Juliet (Romeo and Juliet, GVSF) and Regina (Rock of Ages, Renegade Arts. Co.). Megan also loves to teach and finds great joy in helping others develop their vocal or dancing skills. She hopes to one day become a teacher in the public school system. When she’s not doing anything performing related, you can find her doting on her cat or curled up with a good book.
Angela Caravan, author, Pest Control
Angela Caravan is a settler on unceded Coast Salish territory (Vancouver, BC), and writes both poetry and fiction. She is the author of the micro-chapbook Landing (post ghost press). Her work has appeared in Broken Pencil, Pulp Literature, Sad Mag, and more. She is also the editor and founder of the Decameron Writing Series.
Performed by James Mills
The first hurdle to storytelling is knowing where to begin, and James’ story is no exception. Should it start with his birth in Alberta? His brief stint in the Northwest Territories? Maybe his elementary years in Ontario? If you asked the man, he’d probably tell you it began in 2007 when he first moved to British Columbia. He’d talk about his high school days in Haida Gwaii and follow it with his time in Prince George, first as a UNBC student and then as a hospital worker. Many years later and James is still at it, indulging his interests in video games, acting and writing. What does the future hold, you ask? Who knows. But every so often, James leans back from his keyboard and looks out the window. Out there, in the vast cosmic reach of space, among the countless stars and galaxies, he dares to dream.
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