Pivot’s 2014 Finale on November 26th: Claire Caldwell, Kayla Czaga, Mark Sampson, & Daniel Scott Tysdal

It’s been a good year for Pivot and we’re excited to send 2014 off well with a really stellar quartet of readers. Caldwell & Czaga are two of the most exciting debut poets in the country, and will be joined by returning favourite Mark Sampson, with his novel about expats in Korea, and poet/professor Daniel Scott Tysdal.

Cast List:

Claire Caldwell is a poet and editor living in Toronto. She was the 2013 winner of the Malahat Review’s Long Poem Prize, and her work has appeared in many magazines and journals, including Maisonneuve and Prism International. Claire holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. Her first collection, Invasive Species, came out from Wolsak & Wynn/Buckrider Books this year.

Kayla Czaga grew up in Kitimat and now lives in Vancouver, BC, where she recently earned her MFA in Creative Writing at UBC. Her poetry, nonfiction and fiction has been published in The Walrus, Best Canadian Poetry 2013, Room Magazine, Event and The Antigonish Review, among others. For Your Safety Please Hold On (Nightwood) is her first book.

Mark Sampson has published two novels: Off Book (Norwood Publishing, 2007) and Sad Peninsula, (Dundurn Press, 2014). He also has a short story collection forthcoming called The Secrets Men Keep (Now or Never Publishing, Vancouver, Spring 2015). Mark has published many short stories and poems in literary journals across Canada, including in The New Quarterly, The Antigonish Review, PRISM international, The Nashwaak Review, The Puritan, This magazine, Pottersfield Portfolio, and FreeFall. He is a frequent book reviewer for Quill & Quire, Canadian Notes & Queries (CNQ) and other publications. Born and raised on Prince Edward Island, he currently lives and writes in Toronto.

Daniel Scott Tysdal is the author of two books of poetry, The Mourner’s Book of Albums (Tightrope 2010) and Predicting the Next Big Advertising Breakthrough Using a Potentially Dangerous Method (Coteau 2006). Predicting received the ReLit Award for Poetry (2007), the Anne Szumigalski Poetry Award (2006), and the John V. Hicks Award (2005). His work has appeared in wide range of literary journals, and earned him a number of honours, including honourable mention at the National Magazine Awards (2003) and the Matrix Lit Pop Award for Poetry (2010). His creative writing poetry textbook, The Writing Moment: A Practical Guide to Creating Poems, was released by Oxford University Press. He is the 2014 winner of The Puritan’s Thomas Morton Prize in Fiction.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Claire Caldwell, Kayla Czaga, Mark Sampson, & Daniel Scott Tysdal
Wednesday, November 26th
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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Pivot on November 12th: Megan Gail Coles, Elyse Friedman, Paul Vermeersch, & Deanna Young

We are in the midst of fall book season and have four authors here with new work to share. Locals Paul Vermeersch and Elyse Friedman come joined by Ottawa’s Deanna Young and St. John’s’ Megan Cole. Let us gather as we do in a biweekly manner.

Cast List

Megan Gail Coles is a graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland and the National Theatre School of Canada. She is Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Poverty Cove Theatre Company. Megan is currently working on a trilogy of plays examining resource exploitation in Newfoundland and Labrador titled The Driftwood Trilogy: Falling Trees, Building Houses andWasting Paper. She is a member of the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador, Playwrights’ Guild of Canada, Playwrights’ Atlantic Resource Centre (NL Rep) and Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal. Her completed plays include Our Eliza (Playwrights’ Canada Press & Breakwater Books), The Battery andBound. Megan is originally from Savage Cove on the Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland. She currently resides in St. John’s where she works at Breakwater Books Ltd. Eating Habits of the Chronically Lonesome is Megan’s first book of fiction.

Elyse Friedman is the Toronto-based author of three previous books of fiction: Long Story Short, Waking Beauty and Then Again. Her fiction has won a Gold National Magazine Award, has been shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award and the Toronto Book Award, and has appeared in Best Canadian Stories, The Journey Prize Anthology and Darwin’s Bastards (Zsuzsi Gartner, editor). A graduate of the Canadian Film Centre, she has had two feature films produced and has two films in active development: The Relationship Experiment and A Bright Tragic Thing. Her newest is The Answer to Everything (HarperCollins).

Paul Vermeersch is the author of several poetry collections, including the Trillium–award nominated The Reinvention of the Human Hand (M&S, 2010) and Don’t Let It End Like This Tell Them I Said Something (ECW, 2014). Vermeersch holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Guelph for which he received the Governor General’s Gold Medal. His poems have been translated into Polish, German and French and have appeared in international anthologies. He has taught creative writing at the University of Guelph and Sheridan College, and currently teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. He was, from 2001 to 2012, the Poetry Editor for Insomniac Press, and he is now Senior Editor for Wolsak & Wynn Publishers Ltd. He lives in Toronto.

Deanna Young is the author of three books of poetry, House Dreams, published by Brick Books in 2014,  Drunkard’s Path, and The Still Before a Storm. Young’s poetry has won 1st prize in the Atlantic Writing Competition (1996) and the Grand Prize in the Prism international Poetry Contest (2013). Two selections of poems from House Dreams were longlisted for the CBC Poetry Contest in 2012, while another poem from the book was a finalist for The Malahat Review’s Open Season Awards in 2014. Originally from southwestern Ontario, she lives in Ottawa.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Megan Gail Coles, Elyse Friedman, Paul Vermeersch, & Deanna Young
Wednesday, November 12th
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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Pivot on October 29th: R. Kolewe, Michael Lista, Mike Spry, & Jess Taylor

We have a lot of momentum, we think. Pivot would like to thank everyone for coming out these past few shows and especially would love to thank our readers for the steady diet of really memorable nights.

Next, we have two Mikes and two Bookthugs. Come early.

Cast List:

R. Kolewe is a writer and photographer. His photographs have been shown as part of the CONTACT photography festival in Toronto in 2009 and 2011, at several shows at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto from 2008 to 2011, and can be found in numerous private collections (Director’s Note: R also provided the cover image for Pivot’s Facebook page). His first book of poems, Afterletters, is available from BookThug

Michael Lista’s books are Bloom (House of Anansi Press, 2010) and now The Scarborough (Vehicule, 2014). He is poetry editor of the Walrus and poetry columnist for the National Post. He lives in Toronto.

Mike Spry has written for The Toronto StarThe National Post, The Sports Network, and Maisonneuve. He is the author of JACK, which was shortlisted for the 2009 A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry, and he was nominated for the 2010 Journey Prize for a story from his collection Distillery Songs, which was shortlisted for the 2012 ReLit Award. His latest work is Bourbon & Eventide from Invisible Publishing. He lives in Montreal.

Jess Taylor is the host and founder of The Emerging Writers Reading Series. Her full-length chapbook, Never Stop, is forthcoming from Anstruther Press this fall. Recently, she received the Gold 2013 National Magazine Award in Fiction for her short story, “Paul,” and was named “one of the best alt-lit reads coming out of Canada” by Dazed and Confused Magazine. Her debut short story collection, Pauls, will be released October 2015 by BookThug.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring R. Kolewe, Michael Lista, Mike Spry, and Jess Taylor
Wednesday, October 29th
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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Pivot on October 15th with Marianne Apostolides, andrea bennett, & Ricardo Sternberg

Pivot keeps moving into its Fall season with a trio of authors. Novelist and memoirist Marianne Apostolides is here with her new Bookthug novel, CWILA Interviews editor and debuting Nightwood poet Andrea Bennett, and much-loved Brazilian-Canadian poet Ricardo Sternberg. Come on over.

Cast List:

Marianne Apostolides is the author of five books and one play. She’s a recent recipient of the Chalmers Arts Fellowship; her previous book, Voluptuous Pleasure: The Truth About the Writing Life, was listed among the Top 100 Books of 2012 by Toronto’s Globe & Mail. She lives in Toronto with her two children.

andrea bennett’s writing has appeared in several literary journals and magazines across North America; her poetry has been anthologized in books from McGraw-Hill Ryerson and Ooligan Press. In 2012, she received a National Magazine Awards honourable mention in the Politics and Public Interest category. She is a contributing editor at Geist, and a former editor at Adbusters, This magazine and PRISM international. Originally from Hamilton, andrea now lives in Vancouver with her partner, Will. She is a graduate of the University of British Columbia’s MFA program in Creative Writing.

Ricardo Sternberg was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1948 and moved to the United States with his family when he was fifteen. He has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UCLA. Between 1975 and 1978, he was a Junior Fellow with the Society of Fellows at Harvard University. His poetry has been published in magazines such as The Paris Review, The Nation, Poetry (Chicago), Descant, American Poetry Review, The Virginia Quarterly and Ploughshares. Vehicule Press (Montreal) published The Invention of Honey (1990, republished 1996), Map of Dreams (1996) and McGill-Queen’s University Press published Bamboo Church (2003, republished 2006). Cyclops Press released a CD of his readings, Blindsight, in 1998. Some Dance, his fourth collection, was published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in April of 2014.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Marianne Apostolides, andrea bennett, & Ricardo Sternberg
Wednesday, October 15th
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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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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