Pivot on October 1st: James Arthur, Jonathan Bennett, Guadalupe Muro, & Judith Thompson

Pivot is off and kicking for another year. Our second show features an international group of poets and authors, and also brings the rescheduled Judith Thompson. Advice is to get there early, again.

Cast List:

James Arthur was born in Connecticut and grew up in Canada. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Poetry, Ploughshares, and The American Poetry Review. He has received the Amy Lowell Travelling Poetry Scholarship, a Hodder Fellowship, a Stegner Fellowship, a residency at the Amy Clampitt House, and a Discovery/The Nation Prize. Charms Against Lightning, his debut poetry collection, is available from Copper Canyon Press as a Lannan Literary Selection.

Jonathan Bennett is a novelist and poet. He is the author of six books, the most recent of which is The Colonial Hotel (ECW Press, 2014). His previous work includes the critically acclaimed novels, Entitlement and After Battersea Park, two collections of poetry, Civil and Civic, and Here is my street, this tree I planted, and a collection of short stories, Verandah People, which was runner up for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award. He is a winner of the K.M. Hunter Artists’ Award in Literature. Jonathan lives near Peterborough.

Guadalupe Muro is an Argentinian writer, producer and artist. Her first collection of poems, Con quién dormías? was published in 2007. Air Carnation is her first novel. She is currently working with musicians to compose a soundtrack to the novel, a project called “Songs for Runaway Girls,” which can be heard at https://www.facebook.com/songsforrunawaygirls. Muro lives in Sc. de Bariloche, a small town in Patagonia, where she directs the collaborative literary project “Las Cartas de Guadalupe.”

One of Canada’s best-known contemporary playwrights, Judith Thompson’s dramatic work has won two GG Awards, a Toronto Arts Award, and many Dora Mavor Moore Awards. Her newest productions are Borne and Watching Glory Die.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring James Arthur, Jonathan Bennett, Guadalupe Muro, and Judith Thompson
Wednesday, October 1st
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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Pivot’s Return on September 17th: Brecken Hancock, Dani Couture, Adam Sol, & Rob Winger

Welcome back everyone.

We understand it’s the depths of summer and too-soon a reminder of Pivot’s September return may go off like a Back to School Sale, but the thing is we’re quite excited, and think you will be too. Our 2014-15 premiere brings you three poets and one of the country’s major voices in contemporary drama. Ain’t a bad thing to know about.

Cast List (NOTE: Judith Thompson has had to reschedule. We are hoping to place her in a Pivot later this autumn.)

Brecken Hancock’s poetry, essays, interviews, and reviews have appeared in Lemon Hound, The Globe and Mail, Hazlitt, and Studies in Canadian Literature. She is Reviews Editor for Arc Poetry Magazine and Interviews Editor for Canadian Women in the Literary Arts. Her first book of poems, Broom Broom, is out with Coach House Books. She lives in Ottawa.

Dani Couture’s most recent two books are YAW and Algoma.

Adam Sol is the author of four books of poetry, including Jeremiah, Ohio, a novel in poems that was shortlisted for Ontario’s Trillium Award for Poetry; and Crowd of Sounds, which won the award in 2004. He has published fiction, scholarly essays, and reviews for a variety of publications, including The Walrus, Critique, The Globe and Mail, Lemonhound, and Joyland.com. He is an Associate Professor of English at Laurentian University’s campus in Barrie, Ontario, and lives in Toronto with his wife and three sons. The author lives in Toronto, ON. His newest collection is Complicity (2014, McClelland & Stewart).

Rob Winger’s first book, Muybridge’s Horse, was a Globe and Mail best book, shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award, Ottawa Book Award, and Trillium Book Award for Poetry, and won a CBC Literary Award. His critically acclaimed second collection was The Chimney Stone. Born and raised in small-town Ontario, Rob currently lives in the hills northeast of Toronto, where he teaches at Trent University. His newest is Old Hat (2014, Nightwood).

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Brecken Hancock, Judith Thompson, Adam Sol, & Rob Winger
Wednesday, September 17th
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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Summer Hiatus

Pivot is taking its usual summer break. Lex and Jake would like to thank our 60+ readers from the 2013-14 season for making us good entertainment. We also thank the Press Club for their hospitality and their beer.

We will both be back (all three of us, actually, as the youngest member of Team Pivot, Mr. Oliver von Konigslow will be old enough to make it by the fall) on September 17th.

It’s come to our attention that NOW Magazine has us in their Best of Toronto Poll in the category Best Reading Series. Pivot has many good friends and fellow travelers left off that list (shout-outs to Liveword, The Art Bar, EW Reading Series, and others) but would appreciate it all the same if you jumped over and checked the box next to our name. The sticker would look good on the piano.

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Pivot’s Finale on June 4th: Angela Hibbs, Aisha Sasha John, Jim Johnstone, and Suzannah Showler

This is it. All good things and whatnot. The 2013-14 Pivot season comes to an end with the last four readers of the year. An all-poetry night. And then we all clean out our lockers and sign each others’ yearbooks and head off to summer camp.

Cast List:

Angela Hibbs is the author of two previous collections of poetry, Passport (DC Books, 2006) and Wanton (Insomniac Press, 2009). She holds a MA creative writing from Concordia University. She is a former co-host of The Pivot Reading Series and is back with her new collection, Sin Eater (ARP Books, 2014).

Aisha Sasha John is a dance improviser and poet. She was born in Montreal, but spent most of her childhood in Vancouver, and currently lives in Toronto. John has a BA in African Studies and Semiotics from the University of Toronto and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. Her first book, The Shining Material, was published by BookThug in 2011. Her newest, also from Boothug, is THOU (2014).

Jim Johnstone is the author of four books of poetry: The Velocity of Escape (2008), Patternicity (2010), Sunday, the locusts (2011) and now Dog Ear (2014). He is the recipient of a CBC Literary Award, The Fiddlehead’s Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize, and Matrix Magazine’s LitPop Award. Currently he’s the Poetry Editor at Palimpsest Press, and an Associate Editor at Representative Poetry Online.

Suzannah Showler holds an M.A. in creative writing from the University of Toronto. Her writing has appeared in The Walrus, Hazlitt, and The Puritan. Her debut collection, Failure to Thrive, was just released by ECW Press.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Angela Hibbs, Aisha Sasha John, Jim Johnstone, and Suzannah Showler
Wednesday, June 4th
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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Pivot on May 21st with Jason Guriel, Chris Hutchinson, Melanie Mah & Shane Neilson

There are two Pivots left before we close down our 2013-14 season for the summer. We have stories, a novel-in-progress, and poetry, but really these four are generalists, not specialists, and if we see bits of non-fiction and memoir thrown in there it won’t surprise me. Almost 100% certain it’ll be patio weather. But as always, no promises and check the sky before you go outside.

Cast List:

Jason Guriel‘s books include The Pigheaded Soul: Essays and Reviews on Poetry and Culture (2013) and Pure Product (2009). His work has been anthologized in The Best Canadian Poetry in English. In 2007, he became the first Canadian to be awarded Poetry’s Frederick Bock Prize. Poetry gave him their Editors Prize for Book Reviewing in 2009. His newest is Satisfying Clicking Sound, from Vehicule Press.

Chris Hutchinson was born in Montreal, grew up in Victoria, and now lives in Houston, Texas. He is the author of four full-length books of poetry and several chapbooks. The newest among them is Jonas in Frames (2014, Goose Lane).

Melanie Mah is a freelance writer in Toronto and a graduate of the University of Guelph MFA in Creative Writing. Her first novel, The Sweetest One, arrives in spring 2015.

Shane Neilson is a writer and a family physician. His previous books include Meniscus, Gunmetal Blue, and Complete Physical, which was short listed for the Trillium Poetry Award. Neilson has published essays and reviews in many Canadian literary magazines and newspapers. He lives in Guelph, Ontario.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Jason Guriel, Chris Hutchinson, Melanie Mah, and Shane Neilson
Wednesday, May 21st
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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Pivot on May 7th: David James Brock, Nicholas Ruddock, Kevin Spenst, & Jacob Wren

There are only three Pivots left before the summer. Come listen to some locals and some travelers and have a drink on the patio.

Cast List:

David James Brock is a poet, playwright, and librettist, and the author of two poetry chapbooks: Gasmask Summer and Black Metal Melody. His works for opera and stage have been performed in Toronto, Glasgow, Edinburgh, and San Francisco. His first collection of poetry, Everyone is CO2, was recently released by Wolsak & Wynn.

Nicholas Ruddock was born in Ottawa and raised in the Eglinton-Avenue Road area of Toronto. Nick’s writing has also been published in The Dalhousie Review, The Antigonish Review, Fiddlehead, Prism International, Grain, sub-Terrain, Event, and Exile. The Parabolist, a novel, was published by Doubleday, in February 2010.  It was shortlisted for the Toronto Book Award and the Arthur Ellis Award. How Loveta Got Her Baby, a book of short stories, was published by Breakwater Books this March 2014.

Kevin Spenst is doing a 50-venue reading tour across Canada in support of small presses. His poetry has been shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry and his manuscript, Ignite, has come in as a finalist for the Alfred G. Baily Prize.

Jacob Wren creates literature, performances and exhibitions. His books include Unrehearsed Beauty (1998), Families Are Formed Through Copulation (2007), and Revenge Fantasies of the Politically Dispossessed (2010). He’s the co-artistic director of the Montreal-based interdisciplinary group PME-ART. His newest literary creation is Polyamorous Love Song, which came out from Bookthug this spring.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring David James Brock, Nicholas Ruddock, Kevin Spenst, and Jacob Wren
Wednesday, May 7th
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

 

 

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Pivot on April 23rd: Brian Bartlett, Alice Burdick, & D.D. Miller

Pivot is staunchly, proudly, placidly a Toronto endeavor. However, we also have Nova Scotian roots and so we’re happy to host two CFAs (New Brunswick-born Bartlett–now of Halifax–and Toronto’s own Alice Burdick–now of Mahone Bay) and a transplant (D.D. Miller is from Kentville but now lives in Bloordale). We never plan to theme at Pivot but sometimes the tartanned, regionalist chips just fall that way. Let em fall, we say.

Cast List:

Brian Bartlett is the author of seven full-length collections of poetry, including The Watchmaker’s Table, The Afterlife of Trees, and Wanting the Day: Selected Poems (Goose Lane Editions/Peterloo Poets UK). His books have received the Atlantic Poetry Prize and the Acorn- Plantos Award for People’s Poetry. He has also been honoured with two Malahat Review Long Poem Prizes and first prize in the Petra Kenney poetry awards. Bartlett has edited volumes of selected poets by Don Domanski, James Reaney, and Robert Gibbs. He grew up in New Brunswick, lived in Montreal for fifteen years, and since 1990 has taught creative writing and literature at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax. His newest book is Ringing Here and There: A Nature Calendar (Fitzhenry & Whiteside).

Alice Burdick is a poet and visual-arts writer living in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. She has been involved in the small press community since 1990. She is the author of the full-length poetry collections Simple Master (Pedlar Press), Flutter (Mansfield Press) and Holler (Mansfield Press), as well as many chapbooks. Her work has appeared in the anthology Surreal Estate: 13 Canadian Poets Under the Influence (The Mercury Press, 2004). Recently, she was shortlisted in the inaugural Lemon Hound Poetry Contest.

D. D. Miller’s work has appeared in a number of journals and anthologies including The Malahat Review, The Fiddlehead, Eleven Eleven: Journal of Literature and Art and Dinosaur Porn. As the Derby Nerd, Miller is known around North America for his writing and commentary on roller derby, one of the world’s fastest growing sports. David Foster Wallace Ruined My Suicide and Other Stories (Wolsak & Wynn, 2014)is his first book.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Brian Bartlett, Alice Burdick, and D.D. Miller
Wednesday, April 9th
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

 

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