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Author Podcast: Leanne Averbach

abstract:Sitting in the Blenz coffee shop on Broadway and Maple in Vancouver I'm waiting to meet Canadian poet and performer Leanne Averbach. In she comes with her beehive faux fur hat, auburn tresses and a large smile. Over the bustle and noise of the baristas tamping coffee, the customer chatter and canned music we discuss her life and career. As a bi-coastal resident of New York and Vancouver with lots of stops in Toronto to keep track of family, Leanne leads an interesting life. After earning her MFA in creative writing at a New York University she traveled extensively. While studying in Florence she attended the Perugia Jazz festival and was emboldened to cobble some musicians together to accompany a sultry reading of her own poetry. The fusion performance created something of a sensation and attracted the local television media. Since then Leanne's been hooked on performing live and does so in a variety of locations from Jazz bars to book shops. What's her stuff like? Sultry, sexy, political. The title of her first book and CD derives from Peggy Lee's classic jazz standard Fever, a favorite of mine. It's track 2 of the 12 track recording and her rendition accompanied by great saxiphone makes me feel like I'm in a smoky bar in Soho sitting in a banquette drinking a very dry martini. Her 2nd book is Come Closer. Join me for this interview with Leanne Averbach then go to her website, view her award winning car wash clip and download her audio files and books. West coast and Whistler - stay tuned - for a performance by Leanne and Astrid Sars et al in May 2011! After that you'll have to catch her in Paris, Amsterdam or Barcelona. Click on for our interview. Enjoy!


January 17, 2011



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