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
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Pivot on March 26th: Jeremy Hanson-Finger, Guillaume Morissette, & Stuart Ross

Pivot’s moves into Spring with three local Gentlemen of Letters and a visiting poet who holds the best job title in all of Scottish poetry. No promises about patio weather, but a dream never hurt anybody…

UPDATE: Liz Lochhead’s trip to Canada has been canceled due to illness. We and our colleagues at VerseFest Ottawa are both sad to report that we’ll have to get her next time. Let’s all wish Liz a healthy recovery. It’s not anything particularly serious, luckily, but it does put the kibosh on Transatlantic flying.

Cast List

Jeremy Hanson-Finger’s fiction has been published in Joyland, Feathertale, Monkeybicycle, and Front&Centre, among other places, and he has poetry in two anthologies (published by Orca Books and Your Scrivener Press).  He currently lives in Toronto, where he co-founded and co-ran the online literary magazine and dance party manufacturer Dragnet . He works in e-book conversion at Kobo and he is in the final stages with his novel manuscript, The Big Freeze, a black comedy/revisionist hardboiled detective story/hospital drama set in the anesthesiology department of the Ottawa Civic Hospital, from which he will be reading tonight. You can visit his website at http://hansonfinger.tumblr.com.

Guillaume Morissette is the author of I Am My Own Betrayal (Maison Kasini, 2012) and the forthcoming novel New Tab (Vehicule Press, 2014). His work has appeared in Maisonneuve Magazine, carte-blanche, Little Brother Magazine, Metazen, ThoughtCatalog, HTMLGiant and many other publications.

Stuart Ross is the poetry editor at Mansfield Press and a founding member of the Meet the Presses collective. His books include the Trillium-shortlisted Father Gloomy’s New Hybrid, the story collection Snowball, Dragonfly, Jew, and poetry volumes like Dead Cars in Managua and the new Our Days in Vaudeville, which features collaborations with 29 other poets. He’s one third of the sound ensemble “Donkey Lopez”. He lives in Cobourg.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Jeremy Hanson-Finger, Guillaume Morissette, and Stuart Ross
Wednesday, March 26th
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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Pivot on March 12th: Robyn Doolittle, Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer, Evan Munday, & Robert Priest

We enter March and the beautiful middle of our Spring season. New books are blooming and the old ones are just coming ripe. That was an awful sentence. Four readers: Kathryn Kuitenbrower’s new novel is being much discussed among the learned, Robert Priest is the platonic ideal of a “working artist”, and the recently-retired book publicist Evan Munday is one of Pivot’s very favourite people. Plus maybe the biggest book in the country right now. No big deal. Business as usual.

Cast List:

Robyn Doolittle is an urban affairs reporter with the Toronto Star. She began her career covering crime and moved to the municipal politics beat during the 2010 mayoral elections. A graduate of Ryerson University’s journalism school, Doolittle has lived in Toronto since 2002. She is the author of Crazy Town, a book about the mayor.

Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer is the author of the novels Perfecting and The Nettle Spinner, and the short story collection Way Up. Kathryn’s short fiction has been published in Granta Magazine, The Walrus, Numéro Cinq, Joyland, Filter Literary Journal, Significant Objects, and Storyville. She is the recipient of The Sidney Prize. Kathryn is an award-winning instructor with The University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. Her newest book is the novel All the Broken Things.

Evan Munday is the illustrator of the novel Stripmalling by Jon Paul Fiorentino (ECW Press) and DOOM: Love Poems for Supervillains by Natalie Zina Walschots (Insomniac Press). Evan is also the cartoonist behind the self-published comic book, Quarter-Life Crisis, set in a post-apocalyptic Toronto, and the author of a Silver Birch-nominated  series of novels for young adults, The Dead Kid Detective Agency.

Robert Priest is a poet, playwright, songwriter, and novelist residing in Toronto. He emigrated from England to Canada at an early age and studied Mathematics at the University of Waterloo. He has written fifteen books of poetry, the newest of which is  Previously Feared Darkness from ECW. He has published and recorded numerous works for children, including The Ruby Hat, A Terrible Case of the Stars, and Rosa Rose.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Robyn Doolittle, Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer, Evan Munday, & Robert Priest
Wednesday, March 12th
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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Pivot on February 26th: Sam Cheuk, Aaron Giovannone, Alexandra Leggat, & Darryl Whetter

These winter Pivots are fun. Because of the seasonality of book publishing, nobody has a “hot off the press” title to nervously present to the crowd yet. People are relaxed. We have the shared benefits of one another’s body heat as a refuge from the cold. Romance. Four readers.

Cast List:

Sam Cheuk holds an MFA from New York University. He divides his time between Toronto, Vancouver, and Hong Kong. His first collection of poetry was Love Figures (Insomniac, 2011).

Among Aaron Giovannone’s publications are the poetry chapbook Castelliri (No Press, 2007) and the full-length collection The Loneliness Machine (Insomniac, 2013). He is currently translating into English the poetry of twentieth-century Italian writer Sandro Penna. Originally from St. Catharines, Ontario, Aaron has worked at the Università di Siena and lived in Castelliri, Italy. He now lives in Calgary where he is completing a Ph.D.

Alexandra Leggat’s previous books include the Trillium-nominated short story collection Animal (Anvil, 2008) and the poetry collection This is me since yesterday (Coach House, 2000). Her debut novel The Incomparables is coming out soon.

Darryl Whetter is the author of a Globe 100 short story collection (A Sharp Tooth in the Fur, Goose Lane 2003), a novel about bicycling (The Push & The Pull, Goose Lane 2010) and a collection of poetry (Origins, Palimpsest Press 2012). He has also published over 100 book reviews and stood as the Green Party candidate for the federal riding of Halifax in 2008. His new novel is Keeping Things Whole (Vagrant, 2013).

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Sam Cheuk, Aaron Giovannone, Alexandra Leggat, & Darryl Whetter
Wednesday, February 26th
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

 

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Pivot on February 12th: Stacey May Fowles, Emma Healey, and Peter Unwin

Welcome back Pivot. The mid-winter shows are always memorable, whether for their propensity towards full-tilt, 3-feet-of-visibility snowstorms or for their consistent supply of great readings and good people. Let’s do the latter thing for sure this time.

Three readers. We have a young poet whose new book was quietly one of the year’s best, a journalist and author with a diverse and exciting resume, and a novelist who doubles as one of the country’s most challenging essayists and public intellectuals. And beer. And jokes about the weather.

Cast List:

Stacey May Fowles is a writer and magazine professional living in Toronto. Her first novel, Be Good, was published by Tightrope Books in 2007. In fall 2008 she released an illustrated novel, Fear of Fighting, and staged a theatrical adaptation of it with Nightwood Theatre. The novel was later selected as a National Post Canada Also Reads pick for 2010. Her writing has appeared in various magazines and journals, including The Walrus, Elle Canada, Hazlitt, Taddle Creek, Prism, and Maisonneuve. She currently works at The Walrus, and is a regular contributor to The National Post. Her latest novel, Infidelity, was out with ECW press in fall 2013. It was selected as an Amazon Best Book of 2013.

Emma Healey is a writer and editor who currently lives in Toronto. Her first book,Begin with the End in Mind, was published by Arbeiter Ring Publishing in 2012. Her fiction, poetry and nonfiction have been featured in various publications includingMatrix, Joyland, Maisonneuve, Broken Pencil, the National Post, the Toronto Star, Said the Gramophone, the Void, CV2 and Lemon Hound. She is also the founder and editor-in-chief of the Incongruous Quarterly, an online literary magazine devoted to the publication of unpublishable literature.

Peter Unwin was born in Sheffield, England and was raised in southern Ontario. He studied at Carleton University in Ottawa, and then moved to Toronto where he took on various jobs as a grain handler, beer porter, a denture courier, and a journalist. He has traveled extensively in Ontario and was once thrown out of Providence Bay by someone who claimed to be the mayor. Currently, he lives in Toronto.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Stacey May Fowles, Emma Healey, & Peter Unwin
Wednesday, February 12th
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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Pivot on January 29th: Eufemia Fantetti, Julie Joosten, & David McGimpsey

Our second show of the winter season will bring new names and old favourites. A man with long hair will be here. Eufemia Fantetti’s first book is short stories  from Mother Tongue and Julie Joosten’s is poetry from local goldmine BookThug. And a David McGimspey is a thing worth clearing your schedule for. January 29th.

Cast List:

Eufemia Fantetti is a graduate of The Writer’s Studio at SFU and the University of Guelph’s MFA in Creative Writing. Her fiction, nonfiction and playwriting have been published in the anthologies ContoursBeyond Crazy, eye wuz here and Fish 2012. Her work has also appeared in AccentiEvent and Open Minds Quarterly. She is a winner of the 2009 Event Magazine Non-Fiction Contest, the 7th annual Accenti Writing Contest and was a two-time finalist for the Theatre BC National Playwriting Competition. Her writing has also been nominated for the 2010 Creative Nonfiction Collective Reader’s Choice Award. Her essay, Alphabet Autobiografica, was listed as a notable essay in the 2009 Best American Essay Series. Mother Tongue Publishing will be releasing her short fiction collection, A Recipe for Disaster & Other Unlikely Tales of Love, in November 2013.

Julie Joosten lives in Toronto. Her poems and reviews can be read in Jacket 2, Tarpaulin Sky, the Malahat Review, and The Fiddlehead. Light Light (BookThug, 2013) is her first book.

David McGimpsey lives in Montreal and teaches creative writing and literature at Concordia University. His latest book is Li’l Bastard, Governor-General’s Award Nominee and listed as one of the National Post and Quill & Quire’s Best Poetry Books of 2011. His previous book of poetry, Sitcom, was a finalist for both the A.M. Klein Prize and the ReLit Award. David is also the author of the award-winning study Imagining Baseball: America’s Pastime and Popular Culture. McGimpsey writes a regular humour column for Montreal’s Matrix Magazine and the ‘Sandwich of the Month’ column as a contributing editor for enRoute.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Eufemia Fantetti, Julie Joosten, and David McGimpsey
Wednesday, January 29th
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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