February 24, 2022

MaudCast S02E04 Julie Sellers and the Poetic Imagination of Kindred Spirits

Show Notes:

In this episode, Brenton Dickieson is pleased to connect with Montgomery-inspired poet and scholar, Julie A. Sellers, on her collection of poems, Kindred Verse: Poems inspired by Anne of Green Gables–a collection filled photographs, reflections, and poems in conversation with the eight Anne books by L.M. Montgomery. Rooted in images of home, the natural, and the adventurous imagination, Kindred Verse is a reflection of how Montgomery’s works and the character of Anne have reshaped Julie’s own sense of the possible. Inspired by readings from Kindred Verses, Julie and Brenton discuss themes of nostalgia, friendship, and landscapes both natural and imaginative.

Podcast Description:

The MaudCast is the podcast of the L.M. Montgomery Institute. In the MaudCast’s quest to discover cutting-edge scholarship about the life and works of Lucy Maud Montgomery, we welcome to the microphone leading academics, emerging scholars, local researchers, and imaginative readers and writers from around the world. Hosted by Dr. Brenton Dickieson, we broadcast from the beautiful campus of the University of Prince Edward Island. 

The MaudCast Team

Host and Founding Producer: Brenton Dickieson

Founding Co-Producer: Kate Scarth

Technical Director: Kristy McKinney

Researcher: Abbey McRoberts

Researcher: Alyssa Gillespie

Researcher: Keziah Stoltz

Visual Design: Heidi Haering

Web Coordinator: Melanie J. Fishbane

MaudCast Media Contacts:

Find the MaudCast on Twitter and Instagram @LMMIMaudCast

L.M. Montgomery Institute Website: https://www.lmmontgomery.ca/ 

L.M. Montgomery Institute Twitter: @LMMI_PEI

Kindred Spaces Research Collection Online: https://kindredspaces.ca/ 

The Journal of L.M. Montgomery Studies: https://journaloflmmontgomerystudies.ca/ 

Brenton Dickieson Twitter: @BrentonDana

Brenton Dickieson website: www.aPilgrimInNarnia.com 

Brenton Dickieson Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bdickieson/  

Guest Social Media Links:   

Twitter: @julieasellers 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/julieasellersauthor  

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/julieasellers/

Website: https://julieasellers.com/ 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7785927.Julie_A_Sellers

Closing Quotation:

“We will meet, somewhere, there in the middle of the book…” From Julie A. Sellers, Kindred Verse: Poems Inspired by Anne of Green Gables (Wichita: Blue Cedar Press, 2021), p. 20.

Research and Book References from the Show:

Sellers, Julie A. Kindred Verse: Poems Inspired by Anne of Green Gables. Wichita: Blue Cedar Press, 2021.

Sellers, Julie A. “‘Just as If I Was a Heroine in a Book’: Quixotic Identification in and with Anne of Green Gables.” In Reflections on Our Relationships with Anne of Green Gables: Kindred Spirits, edited by Jessica Carniel and Nike Sulway, 105–20. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2021.

Sellers, Julie A. “‘A Good Imagination Gone Wrong’: Reading Anne of Green Gables as a Quixotic Novel.” Journal of L.M. Montgomery Studies, 5 June 2019, https://journaloflmmontgomerystudies.ca/reading/sellers.


The MaudCast is a global podcast in a digital age but operates in a real time and space. Thus, we would like to respectfully acknowledge that the land upon which we broadcast is the traditional and ongoing unceded territory of the Abegweit Mi’kmaq First Nation.

Special thanks to the Robertson Library at UPEI and all of our community partners.

Susato’s “Selection from The Danserye: III. Les Quatre Branle” performed by the UPEI Wind Symphony, directed by Dr. Karem J Simon, available for purchase here: https://upeiwindsymphony.bandcamp.com/album/the-danserye.

The MaudCast is supported in part by funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.


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