Monthly Archives: June 2012

July 11: Darren Bifford, Stephanie Bolster, Susan Glickman

It’s Sachiko’s last Pivot. Sniff. She’s brought la belle province to Dundas West for her goodbye (or should we say… au revoir) party. Le yay!  Montrealer Darren Bifford will read from his newly released first poetry collection, Wedding in Fire Country. Ex-Montrealer Susan Glickman reads from The Smooth Yarrow (Vehicule 2012). And Stephanie Bolster (of Pointe-Claire, but we’ll call that Montreal) reads from A Page From the Wonders of Life on Earth (Brick 2011). Come on down to the Press Club for farewell hugs and fantastic readings – and to find out who will be your new host in Fall 2012…

Darren Bifford is originally from Summerland, BC. His work has been published in a variety of journals across Canada. He’s also the author of Wolf Hunter, a chapbook published by Cactus Press (2010). Wedding in Fire Country is his first collection of poetry. Darren currently lives in Montreal, Quebec.

Stephanie Bolster’s first book, White Stone: The Alice Poems, won the Governor General’s and the Gerald Lampert Awards in 1998. Her other books are Two Bowls of Milk won the Archibald Lampman Award, Pavilion, and most recently A Page from the Wonders of Life on Earth (Brick 2011). Raised in Burnaby, B.C., she now teaches at Concordia University and lives in Pointe-Claire, Québec.

Susan Glickman has won both the Gabrielle Roy Prize and the Raymond Klibansky Prize for her work of literary criticism The Picturesque & the Sublime: A Poetics of the Canadian Landscape. Her first novel, The Violin Lover (Goose Lane, 2006) won the Canadian Jewish Book Award for fiction. She is the author of six poetry collections with Vehicule Press, most recently The Smooth Yarrow(2012). She teaches creative writing and is a freelance editor. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Darren Bifford, Stephanie Bolster, and Susan Glickman
Wednesday, July 11
The Press Club (850 Dundas Street West)
8 PM


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June 27: George Murray, Meaghan Strimas, Gillian Wigmore, and Julie Wilson

Pivot blasts off into summer with a quick-cut reading extravaganza: in other words, 3 hot girls and George Murray! Come out and hear two poets read poems, one poet read from her novel-in-progress, and one literary voyeur cut you in on her Peeping Julie escapades. Pivot Host Elisabeth de Mariaffi is about to blast off into a new Atlantic life on the island of Newfoundland, so come out and have a drink and say goodbye, while we’re at it.

George Murray’s six books of poetry include Whiteout (ECW, 2012), Glimpse: Selected Aphorisms (ECW, 2010), The Rush to Here (Nightwood, 2007),The Hunter (McClelland & Stewart, 2003). He has been widely anthologized and has published poems and fiction in journals and magazines in Canada, the United States, Australia, and Europe. He has won or been shortlisted for several awards, and he has been on the part time faculty at University of Toronto, New School University, and Humber College. He lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland. From 2003 to 2011, he was the editor and operator of the popular literary website, but he is most famously Pivot host Elisabeth’s new boyfriend. You can find him at

Meaghan Strimas  is the editor of The Selected Gwendolyn MacEwen, and the author of two collections of poetry, Junkman’s Daughter and A Good Time Had By All (all Exile Editions). At work on a new poetry book, and a novel, Strimas lives, works, and writes in Toronto.

GIllian Wigmore is the author of two books of poems: soft geography (Caitlin Press, 2007), which won the 2008 ReLit Award, and Dirt of Ages (Nightwood, 2012). Her poems and non-fiction have appeared in journals and anthologies and been nominated and short-listed for many awards including the Dorothy Livesay BC Book Prize for Poetry and the Great BC Novel Prize. She lives in north-central BC and has fewer farm animals than you would assume.

Julie Wilson is The Book Madam, a self-professed “professional publishing fan” living and working in Toronto. She’s the past Online Marketing Manager for House of Anansi Press and recent Host of the CBC Book Club. She thinks reading looks good on you.
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Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring George Murray, Meaghan Strimas, Gillian Wigmore, and Julie Wilson
Wednesday, June 27
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
Hosted by Elisabeth de Mariaffi

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June 13: Tamara Faith Berger, Alessandro Porco, Moez Surani

Get your hot self down to the Press Club on June 13, when three blazing writers – Tamara Faith Berger (Maidenhead), Alessandro Porco (The Minutes I-X) and Moez Surani (Floating Life). Sachiko Murakami hosts – and may just bring her water spritzer to combat the sparks that will be a-flying!

Tamara Faith Berger was born in Toronto. She wrote porn stories for a living and attempted to make dirty films before publishing her first book, Lie with Me, in 1999. In 2001, The Way of the Whore, her second book, was published. In 2004, Lie with Me was made into a film. Maidenhead, recently released from Coach House, is her third book. Berger is presently working on a novel about a Russian hired killer. She is a graduate student at UBC working on her Masters of Fine Arts.

Alessandro Porco is the author of two collections of poetry, The Jill Kelly Poems (2005) and Augustine in Carthage (2008), both published by ECW Press. BookThug recently published a chapbook of poems, The Minutes: I-X (2011). And ECW will publish The Minutes: I-XL, just as soon as he’s finished writing it. He holds a Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo and is currently employed as a Visiting Assistant Professor in upstate New York, in the shadow of the Adirondacks.

Moez Surani is a poet, reviewer and short fiction author. His writing has been included in numerous anthologies and literary journals, including The Literary Review of Canada and The Walrus. He has attended writing residencies in Finland, Latvia and Switzerland, and his writing has won the Chalmers Arts Fellowship, the Kingston Literary Award and the Antigonish Review’s Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest. He has published two poetry collections: Reticent Bodies (2009) and Floating Life (2012), both with Wolsak and Wynn.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Tamara Faith Berger, Alessandro Porco, and Moez Surani
Wednesday, June 13
The Press Club (850 Dundas Street West)
8 PM
PWYC ($5 suggested donation)
Hosted by Sachiko Murakami

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