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Pivot on January 16th: Couture, Matuk, Pool, and Solie

Pivot is doing its occasional all-poetry thing to kick off our new season. We have a couple poets with fiction projects in the pipeline (or recently graduated from the pipeline), a couple with new books, one just back from a few years in Calgary. One who’s Karen Solie. It’s our first show of 2013. Not to limit future success, but: it’ll be one of our best.


DANI COUTURE is the author of two collections of poetry: GOOD MEAT (Pedlar Press, 2006) and SWEET (Pedlar Press, 2010). SWEET was named one of Maisy’s Best Books of 2010 by Maisonneuve Magazine and nominated for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry; SWEET won the ReLit Award for poetry. In 2011, Dani also received an Honour of Distinction from The Writers’ Trust Dayne Ogilvie Prize. Her debut novel, ALGOMA, was published in fall 2011 by Invisible Publishing.

NYLA MATUK was born in Winnipeg and spent her childhood in Ottawa. She was educated at McGill University where she earned an M.A. in English and won the Lionel Shapiro Prize for short fiction. She has worked as a magazine editor, freelance writer, and college English instructor, and in corporate communications, refugee claims, and public policy. Sumptuary Laws (Signal Poetry/Véhicule Press, 2012) is her first full-length collection of poetry. A chapbook of poems, Oneiric, appeared in 2009.

SANDY POOL is a multidisciplinary artist and recently appointed Killam scholar. She holds a degree in Theatre Performance and English from the University of Toronto, as well as a Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University Guelph. Currently, she is a doctoral student in Canadian Literature and Poetics at the University of Calgary, where she is the editor of Dandelion magazine. Sandy’s first book, Exploding into Night, was nominated for the 2010 Governor General’s Award for Poetry. She was most recently anthologized in The Best Canadian Poems in 2011. She is also a librettist and voice work artist.

KAREN SOLIE was born in Moose Jaw and grew up in southwest Saskatchewan. Her first poetry collection, Short Haul Engine, won the BC Book Prize for poetry, and was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award and Griffin Prize. Her second, Modern and Normal, was shortlisted for the Trillium Poetry Prize. Her most recent, Pigeon, won the Pat Lowther Award, the Trillium Poetry Prize, and the Griffin Prize. She has been on faculty for the Sage Hill Writing Experience and The Banff Centre, taught creative writing at York University, and currently teaches for the University of British Columbia’s optional residency MFA program. Previously writer-in-residence at the University of Alberta and University of British Columbia, she has been awarded a 2011 writing residency in St. Andrews, Scotland. She lives in Toronto.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Dani Couture, Nyla Matuk, Sandy Pool, and Karen Solie
Wednesday, January 16th
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC. Suggested Donation: $5.00
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney



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