Jessica Johns

Voices / Voix Podcast: Episode 1

Jessica Johns and Yusra Ali with the Voices Podcast logo

Voices Podcast / Voix Podcast—a new Arc Poetry Podcast!

Voices Podcast (or Voix Podcast) is a bilingual podcast from Arc Poetry Magazine and Poetry In Voice / les Voix de la poésie. The first season will have 4 English episodes, 2 French episodes and 1 bilingual episode.

Voices Podcast (or Voix Podcast) or est un balado bilingue né d’une collaboration entre Arc Poetry Magazine et les Voix de la poésie / Poetry In Voice. Cette première saison comprendra quatre épisodes en anglais, deux en français et un bilingue.

Poet Jessica Johns and Yusra Ali, a Poetry in Voice semifinalist and the winner of the English People’s Choice Award, join Meagan Black in this episode to talk about the poem “How Not to Spill.”

The title poem from Johns’ chapbook with Rahila’s Ghost Press, “How Not to Spill” is explored in depth by the poet and reciter, as well as their different relationships with poetry and performance.

This is an English episode and is Episode 1 of Voices / Voix Podcast. It includes a shout out to Indigenous Brilliance and Indigenous Brilliance’s podcast, both of which Johns helped to establish.

L’épisode 1 du podcast Voices / Voix Podcast est en anglaise.


Jessica Johns in a half ponytail with dark rimmed glasses and beaded accessories.

Jessica Johns is a nehiyaw aunty with English-Irish ancestry and a member of Sucker Creek First Nation in Treaty 8 territory in Northern Alberta. She is an interdisciplinary artist and award-winning writer whose debut novel, Bad Cree, will be released in January 2023. Her fiction, poetry, and nonfiction has been published in Cosmonauts Avenue, Glass Buffalo, CV2, SAD Magazine, Red Rising Magazine, Poetry is Dead, Bad Nudes, Grain, The Fiddlehead, Canadian Art, C Magazine, Brick, Reissue, Maisonneuve, The Globe and Mail, Best Canadian Essays 2019, among others. She has spoken at various literary and arts festivals such as WORD Vancouver, Vancouver Writers Fest, Room Literary and Arts Festival, FOLD Festival, Victoria Festival of Authors, London’s Literary and Creative Arts Festival, and Blue Metropolis. Her visual art has been featured at the 2022 Rhubarb Festival, grunt gallery, and at Latitude 53. She serves on the editorial board for GUTS – An Anti-Colonial Feminist Magazine, the advisory board for the Indigenous Brilliance reading series, and also brews kombucha as the founder of kokôm kombucha. [from the author’s website]

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