Listen 2 Me is a labour of love between two life-long friends and queer career creatives.

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Renee is the bifurious Mom friend you didn’t know you needed. She’ll yell at you for talking smack on yourself and then spend the next twenty minutes telling you how #amazing you are anyway. A volunteer editor, member of her local Writer’s Guild and writer of short stories, novels and poems, she’s working to get her first piece published ANY DAY NOW. Currently living in the frozen wastes of Edmonton (that’s in Canada!), she’s raising two corgis with her partner in life and culinary endeavours, while working full time as a professional email answerer.

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Gio hasn’t stopped talking since he started, so his whole life has been leading up to the moment he decided to make a podcast. He created his own graphic design company after escaping the hamster wheel of #corporate Toronto (that’s in Canada!). Gio has worked with #fashion designers, international sportswear brands, Amazon (yes, that Amazon), Pride festivals, and many more local outfits in his current stomping grounds of #Windsor (that’s in Canada!). He’s very passionate about his work and very humble, but that hasn’t stopped him from setting his career ambitions as high as he can reach (which it’s pretty high, he’s 6’3”).

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Spend some time with two old friends every Wednesday as we deep dive into the world of self-improvement and creative achievement. Renee and Gio are lifelong queer creatives who are fun, witty and missing from your life. We love giving unsolicited, unqualified advice—and sometimes it’s even pretty good! Now we’re bringing it to your ears.

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E74 · Lee Kvern : Write Your Redemption Listen 2 Me

Lee Kvern (she/her) has been writing for almost thirty years, and she hasn’t met a writer that she doesn’t like. Lee can always find the good in people—or, at the very least, the interesting—and her award-winning short stories ("White", 2007 CBC Prize for Fiction; "Visibility", 2006 CBC Alberta Anthology; "Fourteen", 2007 CBC Alberta Anthology; "Detachment", 2010 Malahat Open Season Award finalist; "The Nothing Yard", 1999 Heritage Short Story Contest) and celebrated novels (The Matter of Sylvie, Afterall) tend to feature characters you might call 'unlikeable'—but that's the fun of writing them, and seeing where their stories end up. Lee joins Gio and Renée to talk about how far she's come in her career and how far she still wants to go, story building craft, and how to have it all as a parent, an employee and an author—hint: you have to pick your priorities. Detours include the odd jobs authors tend to have, the joy of making yourself a nuisance to elected officials, and the pleasure of teaching yourself how to make art for art's sake. Find Lee on social media @leekvern.  Want to support the show? Check out our bonus content on Patreon. Gio Petrucci: Renée Meloche:
  1. E74 · Lee Kvern : Write Your Redemption
  2. E73 · Daven Seebarran : Diversifying Drag
  3. E72 · Adaptation in the Impoverished City 🏙️
  4. E71 · WIP VII: Mental Health & Creativity
  5. E70 · Social Media for Content Creators (Part 1) 📱