Pivot’s Return on September 17th: Brecken Hancock, Judith Thompson, 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:

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.

Judith Thompson‘s plays include, White Biting Dog, I Am Yours, Lion in the Streets, Perfect Pie, Palace of the End, and Watching Glory Die. She has written two feature films, Lost and Delirious and Perfect Pie, as well as multiple television movies and radio dramas. A highly esteemed Canadian playwright, she is the recipient of two Governor General’s Literary Awards and an Officer in the Order of Canada. In 2007, she was awarded the prestigious Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts and in 2008 she was awarded The Susan Smith Blackburn Award and Dora Mavor Moore Outstanding New Play Award for Palace of the End. Thompson is currently Professor of Drama at the University of Guelph and lives with her husband and five children in Toronto.

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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Pivot on April 9: Book Launch for Erin Moure & Chus Pato with guests Liz Howard & Sonja Greckol

Generally Pivot at the Press Club does not host book launches as a rule but when Erín Moure asked us we just couldn’t say no. Join us on April 9 when we join forces with BookThug to present the launch of Secession by Chus Pato with Insecession by Erin Moure

Join us for this special Pivot Readings event with Erín Moure (present) and Chus Pato (virtually) and special guests Sonja Greckol and Liz Howard.

Secession / Insecession is a homage to the acts of reading, writing and translating poetry. In it, Chus Pato’s Galician biopoetics of poet and nation, Secession – translated by Erín Moure – joins Moure’s Canadian translational biopoetics, Insecession. To Pato, the poem is an insurrection against normalized language; to Moure, translation itself disrupts and reforms poetics and the possibility of the poem. In solidarity with Pato, Moure echoes Barthes: “A readerly text is something I cannot re-produce (today I cannot write like Atwood); a writerly text is one I can read only if I utterly transform my reading regime. I now recognize a third text alongside the readerly and the writerly: let’s call it the untranslatable.”

In Secession / Insecession, a major European poet and a known Canadian poet, born on opposite sides of the Atlantic in the mid twentieth century and with vastly different experiences of political life, forge a 21st century relationship of thinking and creation. The result is a major work of memoir, poetics, trans-ethics and history.

Cast List:
Montreal poet ERIN MOURE has published seventeen books of poetry in English and Galician/English, and thirteen volumes of poetry translated from French, Spanish, Galician and Portuguese into English, by poets such as Andrés Ajens, Nicole Brossard, Rosalía de Castro, Louise Dupré, and Fernando Pessoa. Her work has received the Governor General’s Award, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, the A.M. Klein Prize, and has been a three-time finalist for the Griffin Prize. Moure is currently revising the bilingual French/English impossible play Kapusta, a sequel to The Unmemntioable, and is translating Chus Pato’s Carne de Leviatán into English as Flesh of Leviathan. She is also working on a new book of poems called The Elements, and on a translation of Wilson Bueno’s Mar Paraguayo. Follow her on Twitter: @erinmoure.

CHUS PATO is a central figure in contemporary poetry and one of the most iconoclastic figures in Galician and European literature. Her sixth book, m-Talá, broke the poetic mould in 2000. Hordes of Writing, the third text in her projected pentology Method, received the 2008 Spanish Critics’ Prize for Galician Poetry, and the Losada Diéguez Literary Prize in 2009. Pato continues to refashion the way we think of the possibilities of poetic text, of words, bodies, political and literary space, and of the construction of ourselves as individual, community, nation, world. She brings us face to face with the traumas and migrations of Europe, with writing itself, and the possibility (or not) of poetry accounting for our animal selves. Secession is Pato’s ninth book and her fourth to be translated into English.

LIZ HOWARD was born and raised in northern Ontario and is of Anishinaabe and European ancestry. She co-curates the feminist reading series AvantGarden and is a member of the Influency Salon editorial group. Her poetry has appeared in Canadian literary journals such as The Capilano Review, The Puritan, and Matrix. Her Skullambient (Ferno House Press) was shortlisted for the 2012 bpNichol Chapbook Award. She is currently completing an MFA in Creative Writing through the University of Guelph and works as a cognition researcher in Toronto.

SONJA GRECKOL began to write poetry when Mike Harris was re-elected in Ontario. Since, her work has appeared in Literary Review of Canada, Canadian Literature, Dalhousie Review, CV2, Canadian Women’s Studies, Fiddlehead and Matrix. She coordinates poetry for Women and Environments International Magazine and has served as the Associate Rep representative on the National Council of the League of Canadian Poets (2006-08). She has taught college and university, studied order and disorder in jokes, done human rights and gender-based research and consulting, and does local activism while she writes. Her long poem, ‘Emilie Explains Newton to Voltaire,’ was short-listed for the CBC Poetry Prize in 2008. Her debut book Skein of Days is available this spring from Pedlar Press.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring the launch of Secession/Insecession by Chus Pato & Erin Moure, with guest readers Liz Howard & Sonja Greckol
Wednesday, April 9th
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
NO DONATIONS ACCEPTED, FREE EVENT
Hosted by Pivot Reading Series

 

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