Monthly Archives: December 2009

Pivot is off for the holidays

We’ll be back January 13 with Michael Bryson, Faye Guenther and Bill Kennedy.

Till then, happy holidays!


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Dec. 16: Claudia Dey, Edward Nixon and Moez Surani

The last Pivot of the year is gonna be a goodie. Join us for Claudia Dey, Edward Nixon and Moez Surani:

Claudia Dey is a novelist, playwright and columnist. For two years, she wrote the weekly ‘Group Therapy’ column for the Globe and Mail, and the sex column for Toro magazine under the pseudonym Bebe O’Shea. Her plays have been translated into French and German and produced internationally. They include Beaver, Trout Stanley and The Gwendolyn Poems, which was nominated for the Governor General’s Award and the Trillium Award. Her debut novel, Stunt, was released by Coach House Press earlier this year.

It is generally true that Edward Nixon was born and grew up in and around Victoria and the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, with some childhood years spent in West Vancouver, the Cariboo, and exotic Kamloops. Since since 1984 he has lived in Toronto.  He’s published three chapbooks: Nights in the City of the Dead (Aeolus House 2006), Arguments for Breath (lyricalmyrical 2007) and Free Translation (Cactus Press 2009), and despite his inexplicable recalcitrance to submit to magazines he’s been published in Jones Av, Rampike and Misunderstandings. Edward produces and hosts the monthly Toronto reading series livewords. He is a principal of EN Consulting, a public outreach consulting practice located at the Centre for Social Innovation; and he is currently a Senior Advisor to Ontario’s Minister of Energy and Infrastructure.

Moez Surani’s poetry and short fiction has been published in a variety of journals and anthologies, including Carousel, Prairie Fire, Vallum, Arc and 100 Poets Against the War. He has served as a writer-in-residence for the Toronto Catholic District School Board and curator for the Strong Words Reading Series in Toronto. Among his awards is a 2008 Chalmers Arts Fellowship which supported a research stint in India and East Africa. Reticent Bodies is his first collection of poems.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009
8 p.m. at the Press Club
850 Dundas Street West
Hosted by Carey Toane

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