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.

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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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Can You Help Pivot Find a New Home by April 22nd?

Pivot has some sad news.

After six years, The Press Club’s owners Mikael and Andrew have sold the bar. The details on the new ownership and their plans for the space are still unknown to us at this point but while we are still holding out hope for getting to stay in our home, we are following their advice and looking for at least a short-term venue so Pivot can complete its 2014-15 season, as the closing party for the current ownership is scheduled for April 11th. We know this seems sudden, it is sudden to us too. We found out earlier today.

We are asking our friends for some help identifying either a short term or forever home. This is sadly not a world we know all that well. We are looking for a small and reliable venue, ideally in the west end, that could provide a home for 40-80 people a night with nothing else booked to compete in the space. As an unfunded series we require a free venue willing to pay themselves with alcohol or food sales. Pivot runs April 22nd, May 6th, May 20th, and June 5th to close out our 2014-15 season and has tentatively scheduled our 2015-16 opener for September 9th. These are all Wednesday evenings.

We are sad by the surprise of losing our home but are hopeful either something can be arranged with The Press Club or we can save the series by finding a new place. Please reach out to us at pivotreadings@gmail.com with leads and introductions to anyone you think might be helpful.

Art in this city needs space. And for six years the venue Mikael and Andrew provided was the perfect space, and for that we say thank you to them. We find ourselves a little under the gun all of a sudden in the search for a new space for the 22nd onward but are hopeful something wonderful will happen.

Please think through your communities and reach out to us with ideas. And please share this message in your own networks to widen the search as much as possible.

With love and stiff upper lips.
Jake Mooney & Lex Von Konigslow
Pivot Reading Series

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Pivot on April 8th: Christine Fischer Guy, Aaron Kreuter, Nikki Reimer, & Kate Sutherland

Pivot hits the meat of Poetry Month and the saturation of book-events that comes every April. Plus, it’ll be baseball season by then. And potentially warm. We have a local favourite novelist Christine Fischer Guy, plus emerging poet Aaron Kreuter, law-talking author and poet Kate Sutherland, and a visiting Calgarian in the person of Nikki Reimer. Come come.

Cast List:

Christine Fischer Guy’s debut novel The Umbrella Mender, appeared in September 2014 with Wolsak & Wynn (Buckrider Books). Her fiction has appeared in Descant, Prairie Fire, and The Austin Review and has been nominated for the Writer’s Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize. She won a National Magazine Award in 2013 for her profile of Métis blogger Chelsea Vowel, is a fiction critic for The Globe and Mail and contributes to the LA Review of Books, The Millions and Ryeberg.com. She teaches creative writing at the School for Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto.

Aaron Kreuter is a writer of fiction and poetry, the founder of Picture Window: A Very Small Press, and a freelance writer and reviewer. He holds a BA in Creative Writing from Concordia University and an MA in English Literature from the University of Victoria, and is in the midst of his PhD at York University in Toronto. Aaron’s first collection of poetry, Arguments For Lawn Chairs, is forthcoming from Guernica Editions.

Nikki Reimer has published books two, [sic] with Frontenac House and more recently DOWNVERSE with Talon Books.  She has edited special issues of both The Incongruous Quarterly and Poetry is Dead. She lives in Calgary where she is a member of the Writers Union of Canada.

Kate Sutherland is the author of two collections of short stories, Summer Reading and All In Together Girls, and has more recently begun writing poems. She lives in Toronto where she teaches at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Christine Fischer Guy, Aaron Kreuter, Nikki Reimer, and Kate Sutherland
Wednesday, April 8th
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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Pivot on March 25th: Jessica Bebenek, E. Martin Nolan, and Gillian Wigmore

Pivot is getting a jump on Poetry Month. We take two audience regulars (and two of the city’s best emerging poets) and add in a major voice in contemporary feminist poetics. Detroit and Prince George and Toronto. Springtime.

Cast List:

Jessica Bebenek is a Toronto poet and writer with work appearing in Prairie Fire, Grain, and Little Brother, among other places. She is the founder of the micro-press Grow & Grow and the author of three chapbooks, most recently Kettle Song. She is at work on her first full collection of poetry, tentatively titled No One Knows Us There. She knits.

E Martin Nolan writes poetry and non-fiction. He’s an associate editor at The Puritan where he also publishes interviews and reviews. His essays and poems have appeared in The BarnstormerThe Toronto Review of BooksLemonhound,CV2and Eminem and Rap, Poetry, Race (McFarland Books), among others. He teaches at the University of Toronto. You might know him as Ted.

Gillian Wigmore’s latest book of poems, orient, is published by Brick Books.  She is also the author of two previous books of poems: Dirt of Ages, published by Nightwood Editions, and soft geography, published by Caitlin Press, which was nominated for the Dorothy Livesay award and won the 2008 Relit award. She has also written a novella, Grayling, published by MotherTongue Publishing in 2014. Her work has been published in magazines and anthologized.  She lives in Prince George, BC.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Jessica Bebenek, E. Martin Nolan, and Gillian Wigmore.
Wednesday, March 25th
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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Pivot on March 11th: Vincent Colistro, Nicholas Power, Priscila Uppal, & Jane Woods

Pivot turns its back (hopefully) on the worst of winter and towards this eccentric little show scheduled just before the deluge of new spring books. We think you’ll love it. Psychotherapist and poet Nicholas Power is joined by emerging poet and newlywed Vincent Colistro, Griffin nominee Priscilla Uppal, and Goose Lane-published novelist Jane Woods. Some great people and you should sincerely be there.

Cast List:

Vincent Colistro’s poetry has appeared in various publications, including The Walrus, Hazlitt and Geist. His first book of poetry, Late Victorians, is forthcoming with Vehicule Press.

Nicholas Power is a founding ­member of the Meet the Presses ­collective, and has performed with the sound poetry ensemble Alexander’s Dark Band. He works as a ­psychotherapist in private practice. He has been published by Underwhich ­Editions (wells), The Writing Space (a modest device) and Battered Press (No Poems). His collection, Melancholy Scientist, was published in 2014.

Priscila Uppal was born in Ottawa and currently lives in Toronto where she is a poet, fiction writer, academic, and professor of Humanities and English at York University.She is the author of nine books of poetry, two novels, a memoir, and a critical study of elegies. Her 2006 collection Ontological Necessities was a finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize and her 2013 memoir Projection was a finalist for both the GG Award and Weston Prize for Nonfiction. Her newest book is Cover Before Striking, a collection of stories out recently with Dundurn Press.

Jane Woods spent a decade working in Canadian regional theatre before settling in Montreal to work as a voice actress. Later, she began translating and adapting French-language films and television series to be dubbed into English. She lives in Toronto, where she continues to work as a translator. She is the author of The Walking Tanteek, a novel released in 2014.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Vincent Colistro, Nicholas Power, Priscilla Uppal, & Jane Woods
Wednesday, March 11th
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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Pivot on February 25th: Dionne Brand, Elisabeth de Mariaffi, & Edward Nixon

Pivot brings a big mid-winter show with a former Poet Laureate, a former Pivot host turned big-deal thriller writer (we knew her when!) and the poet behind Livewords, our east end sibling. Come be warm.

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As a young girl growing up in Trinidad, Dionne Brand submitted poems to the newspapers under the pseudonym Xavier Simone, an homage to Nina Simone, whom she would listen to late at night on the radio. Since then, her 9 books of poetry include winners of the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Trillium Book Award, the Griffin, and the Pat Lowther Memorial Award.  Her novels have won the Toronto Book Award and been named to the New York Times Notable Books list. She was Toronto’s Poet Laureate from 2009 to 2012. Her newest is the novel Love Enough, published last year by Knopf.

Elisabeth de Mariaffi’s first book of short stories, How to Get Along with Women, was longlisted for the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her poetry and short fiction have been widely published in magazines across Canada. In 2013, her story “Kiss Me Like I’m the Last Man on Earth” was shortlisted for a National Magazine Award. She lives in St. John’s but, prior to that, spent time in Toronto and for two years served as co-host and co-director of the Pivot Reading Series.

Edward Nixon was born and grew up in British Columbia. He has hosted and curated the monthly Toronto reading series Livewords since 2008. He is the author four poetry chapbooks – Nights in the City of the Dead, Arguments for Breath, Free Translation, and Instructions for Pen and Ink. The Fissures of Our Throats, his first full collection, was recently released by Guernica Editions.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Dionne Brand, Elisabeth de Mariaffi, and Edward Nixon
Wednesday, February 25th
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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