Pivot’s Season Opener on September 9th: Lynn Crosbie, Liz Howard, & Cat Kidd

Do you hear that? School’s starting again soon. The great big shiny history of Pivot Opener Shows continues with Toronto iconoclast Lynn Crosbie, incredible new poet Liz Howard, and the great Montreal poet and performer, Cat Kidd. Buy yourself a new wardrobe and practice your look in the mirror. This year is different and you will be one of the cool kids.

Cast List:

Lynn Crosbie’s books collections include VillainELLE, Liar, and her selected poems Queen Rat. Her novels include Paul’s Case and the ReLit winner Life is About Using Everything. Her newest book is Where Did You Sleep Last Night? from House of Anansi. It’s a love story about a teenager and the reincarnated spirit of Kurt Cobain.

Liz Howard was born and raised in northern Ontario.  Her poetry has appeared in Canadian literary journals such as The Capilano Review, The Puritan, and Matrix Magazine. Her chapbook Skullambient (Ferno House Press) was shortlisted for the 2012 bpNichol Chapbook Award. She’s a graduate of the University of Guelph’s MFA in Creative Writing through and works as a Research Officer in cognitive psychology at the University of Toronto. Her debut collection Infinite Collection of the Shaking Tent, came out this spring from M&S/Penguin Random House, was called “gorgeously heretical” by Lisa Robertson.

Catherine Kidd’s solo show Sea Peach won a Montreal critics’ award for Best New Text, touring to Toronto Harbourfront’s World Stage, Singapore’s Esplanade on the Bay, and the Edinburgh Fringe. A graduate of Concordia’s MA program in Creative Writing, she has taught writing at Concordia, through the QWF, and through Fondation Metropolis Bleu. Her work appears in Matrix, This Magazine, Toronto Quarterly, Branch, and P.E.N. International. A section of her novel Missing the Ark was nominated for the Journey Prize. Her poem Human Fish opened the Spier Arts Poetry Festival in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2007, that trip becoming the inspiration for her current work, Hyena Subpoena.

Pivot Readings at The Steady
Featuring Lynn Crosbie, Liz Howard, and Cat Kidd
Wednesday, September 9th
8 PM
1051 Bloor St West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

Presented with the financial assistance of the Toronto Arts Council.

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Pivot is on Summer Hiatus

Hi Everyone,

Thanks for your support of Pivot during our seventh season. We put together 16 shows, with 57 great readers spread over two venues. Pivot returns to The Steady Café (our official home now, going forward!) on September 9th, 2015. You should see a list of Fall 2015 events sometime in the months ahead on our Upcoming Pivots page.

Also, Pivot is happy to announce that our application for Project Funding through the Toronto Arts Council has been successful and our 2015-16 season will be co-funded by our audience (via our usual pitcher-passing) and the TAC. This will let us pay our authors a larger and more reliable sum and hopefully free up some audience cash for the purchasing of more books.

Thank you all so much for your generosity to the authors this year. It is appreciated by Lex and I as well.

Best wishes for the summer,

Jacob McArthur Mooney

Alexis von Konigslow.

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Pivot’s Season Finale: David McGimpsey, Sachiko Murakami, & Shannon Webb-Campbell

After ten great shows, our Winter/Spring season closes down for the summer with three distinct and challenging readers. Thanks for supporting Pivot this year.

Cast List:

David McGimpsey is the author of five collections of poetry including Li’l Bastard which was named one of the ‘books of the year’ by both the Quill & Quire and the National Post and was shortlisted for Canada’s Governor General’s Award. He is also the author of the short fiction collection Certifiable and the award-winning critical study Imagining Baseball: America’s Pastime and Popular Culture. Named by the CBC as one of the ‘Top Ten English language poets in Canada,’ his work was also the subject of the book of essays Population Me: Essays on David McGimpsey. He lives in Montréal and his newest is Asbestos Heights, from Coach House Books this season.

Sachiko Murakami is the author of the poetry collections The Invisibility Exhibit (Talonbooks, 2008), a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, and Rebuild (Talonbooks, 2011). She is the creator of the online poetry projects Project Rebuild (projectrebuild.ca), HENKO (powellstreethenko.ca), WIHTBOAM (whenihavethebodyofaman.com), and co-creator of FIGURE (figureoracle.com), an online poetry oracle, with Angela Rawlings. She founded Montreal’s Pilot Reading Series in 2005 and served as co-host and director of the Pivot Reading Series from 2010-2012. Her newest collection is Get Me Out of Here, published in 2015 from Talonbooks.

Shannon Webb-Campbell is an award-winning poet, writer, and journalist of mixed Aboriginal ancestry. She is the inaugural winner of Egale Canada’s Out in Print Award and was the Canadian Women in Literary Arts 2014 critic-in-residence. Still No Word (Breakwater, 2015) is her first collection of poems. She lives in Halifax.

Pivot Readings at The Steady
Featuring David McGimpsey, Sachiko Murakami & Shannon Webb-Campbell
Wednesday, June 3rd
8 PM
1051 Bloor St West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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May 20th, Pivot at The Steady Café: Matthew Henley, Ben Ladouceur, Jeff Latosik, & Jimmy McInnes

Pivot is approaching its season end now, and we have a penultimate show set up with four poets of very different styles. British poet and diplomat Matthew Henley is joined by three local favourites: Trillium-winner Jeff Latosik and debuting voices Ben Ladouceur and Jimmy McInnes.

Cast List:

Matthew Henley was born in Colchester, Essex. He holds a first class honours degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of York and a Master of Arts in Political Science from Simon Fraser University. In his non-writing life, Matthew works as a British diplomat. He has spent much of his career working on Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Balkans, including time spent as Political Advisor to the UN High Representative in Sarajevo. He speaks French, Bosnian and Russian. Matthew’s first collection of poetry, Beetle, was released in fall of 2014 from Templar Poetry.

Ben Ladouceur is a writer originally from Ottawa, now based in Toronto. His work has been featured in Arc, The Malahat Review, PRISM international and The Walrus, and in the Best Canadian Poetry anthology. He was awarded the Earle Birney Poetry Prize in 2013. His first collection of poems, Otter, came out through Coach House Books in April 2015.

Jeff Latosik debut collection Tiny, Frantic, Stronger won the 2011 Trillium Award for poetry and was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert and Relit awards. His work has been published widely in Canada in magazines such as The Walrus, Maisonneuve, and the Literary Review of Canada, and journals such as the Malahat Review, Grain, and Prairie Fire. He is the winner of This Magazine’s Great Literary Hunt (2008) and the P.K. Page Founder’s Award (2010), and appeared on the shortlist for the Bronwen Wallace award (2009). His second collection, Safely Home Pacific Western, came out this Spring from Ice House.

Jimmy McInnes was born and raised on Ontario’s Bruce Peninsula. His first chapbook, Begin Speech With, was released by Ferno House in the fall of 2013. His poetry has appeared in various journals, including This Magazine, ditch, The Puritan, Descant, and the Capilano Review Web Folio. His work has been shortlisted for the Great Canadian Literary Hunt and the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. He lives in Toronto, where he completed his MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Guelph, and is currently employed as a political hack. A More Perfect [ is his first book-length work of poetry.

Pivot Readings at The Steady
Featuring Matthew Henley, Ben Ladouceur, Jeff Latosik, & Jimmy McInnes
Wednesday, May 20th
8 PM
1051 Bloor St West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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Pivot at The Steady on May 6th: Shane Neilson, Julie Paul, Damian Rogers & Blair Trewartha

After a successful opener at our new venue, Pivot, um, pivots towards the rest of our season and brings four more readers to The Steady Cafe. Palimpsest Press poet Blair Trewartha is joined by visiting BC author Julie Paul, poet and more Shane Neilson, and Anansi editor/poet Damian Rogers.

Cast List

Shane Neilson was born in New Brunswick.  He obtained his MD from Dalhousie University, and an MFA at the University of Guelph. Neilson’s books include the collections Meniscus and Complete Physical, the memoir Gunmetal Blue, and the short story collection Will. His newest is On Shaving off his Face, from Porcupine’s Quill.

Julie Paul’s stories, poems and essays have been published in numerous journals, including The Malahat Review, Event, The Fiddlehead, Geist, Vallum,  Canadian Living, and in the anthologies Coming Attractions 07 and Women Behaving Badly. Her collection of stories, The Jealousy Bone, was released in February, 2008, by Emdash Publishing. Her second collection of short fiction, The Pull of the Moon, published by Brindle & Glass in the fall of 2014,

Damian Rogers was born and raised in suburban Detroit and now lives in Toronto. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a graduate degree from Bennington College. She is the author of Dear Leader (Coach House Books, 2015) and Paper Radio (ECW Press, 2009). She is the poetry editor at House of Anansi Press, the creative director of Poetry in Voice/Les voix de la poésie, the poetry editor at The Walrus and co-host with Jason Collett of the music and literary performance series the Basement Revue.

Blair Trewartha is a Toronto-based poet whose work has appeared in Carousel, Prism, CV2, Event, Existere, and Qwerty. His first full length collection, Easy Fix is published this fall with Palimpsest Press. He has published 2 chapbooks, Break In, (Cactus Press in 2010) and Porcupine Burning (Baseline Press 2012). He is the former co-host of the Toronto reading series, The Vagabond Trust, and a co-editor of Misunderstandings Magazine.

Pivot Readings at The Steady
Featuring Shane Neilson, Julie Paul, Damian Rogers, and Blair Trewartha
Wednesday, May 6th
8 PM
1051 Bloor St West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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Pivot at The Steady on April 22nd: kevin mcpherson eckhoff, Jake Kennedy & Matt Rader

Pivot has a home. Come home with Pivot as we open our run at The Steady Café and Bar with three visiting westerners. kevin mcpherson eckhoff and Jake Kennedy refused to travel separately and are here as a unit, while Matt Rader has managed to get himself here solo. Poems and short stories and experimental fiction. Bookthugs to the horizon. Let’s show our new venue that we are a large and thirsty crowd.

Cast List

kevin mcpherson eckhoff’s writing has appeared in dandelion, Open Letter and Descant. He teaches at Okanagan College and is best friends with Jake Kennedy. He lives in Armstrong, British Columbia, with his partner, Laurel, who rescues dogs; check out what Laurel does at loveafteradversity.com. His newest book is their biography, from Bookthug.

Jake Kennedy is the author of three poetry collections: The Lateral (2010), Apollinaire’s Speech to the War Medic (2011),and now Merz Structure No. 2 Burnt by Children at Play. His work has appeared in literary journals across Canada, the US, and the UK, including The Capilano Review, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and The Awl. Kennedy is the recipient of the bpNichol Chapbook Award for Hazard (BookThug, 2007), the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry for The Lateral (2010), and the Robin Blaser Award for Poetry for the long poem “Futuromani” (2011).

Matt Rader is the author of three collections of poetry, Miraculous Hours (2005), Living Things (2009), and A Doctor Pedalled Her Bicycle Over the River Arno (2011). He is also the author of the story collection What I Want to Tell Goes Like This (2014) and several chapbooks including I Don’t Want to Die Like Frank O’Hara (2014). His work has appeared in journals, magazines, and websites across Canada including Geist, The Walrus, The Malahat Review, The New Quarterly, Joyland, and Hazlitt.

Pivot Readings at The Steady
Featuring kevin mcpherson eckhoff, Jake Kennedy, and Matt Rader
Wednesday, April 22nd
8 PM
1051 Bloor St West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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Pivot has a Home at The Steady

Hi Everyone,

As many of you know from last night, Pivot’s search for a new venue has been successful. As of April 22nd, we will be coming to you from The Steady Café, located at 1051 Bloor St West. The Steady is a known entity for Toronto book types, as a host of many launches as well as home for our friends at Speakeasy Reading Series.

How do I get to The Steady?

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For most you, the new location will be a quicker commute. If you live anywhere at or north of Bloor, or east of the west end, just get on the subway and go to Dufferin Station. From there, it’s two blocks east on the south side.

The Steady has a front room, a long hallway, and then a back room where we will do our thing. Their beer selection is on point, and they do bar snacks. The owner and bar staff know reading series and should be great hosts.

We have signed on for the last four shows of our 2015 Spring Season, on April 22nd, May 6th, May 20th, and June 3rd. Once we go through those shows, we’ll evaluate how it went (and, I imagine, The Steady will evaluate us) and decide whether we want to re-up as a permanent part of their schedule.

So, please let us know what you think of the place either before or after we start using it. Our general anonymous feedback form can be used for that.

Thanks everyone who suggested venues or followed up with friends. We definitely felt the love during our moment of crisis. Onward and upward and all that.

Love Returned,

Jake and Lex.

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