Variety, people. Pivot’s got it. From Chris Eaton’s identity-obsessed narrative experiment to Shannon Maguire’s eclectic intellectualism to the sneakily emotive sublimeness in the new Peter Norman collection, we have the stuff that frees you from other stuff. Last week, Phil Hall gave us maybe the best single-line literature manifesto ever we ever heard: “The failure of order is the work / disorder is not the work.” Amen. Break out the tattoo needles. Also, how’s that for a teaser for these next serving of disorderists?
Chris Eaton is an artist from New Brunswick, currently living in Toronto. He is the author of three novels, one book of short fiction and four CDs (under the name Rock Plaza Central). His latest book is called Chris Eaton, a Biography, using parts of other Chris Eatons researched online to form one giant Voltron of Chris Eatons.
Shannon Maguire grew up on the mouth of Lake Superior and now lives in Guelph Ontario. Her poetry has appeared in CV2, Ditch, Gultch: An Assemblage of Poetry and Prose (2009), as well as other places. She is the author of three chapbooks: Vowel Wolves & Other Knots (2011), Fruit Machine (2012), and A Web of Holes (2012). A selection of poems from her debut collection Fur(l) Parachute was a finalist for the Manitoba Magazine Awards in the category of Best Poem or Suite of Poems (2012) and it was shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry (2011).
Born and raised in Vancouver, where he completed a Creative Writing BFA at the University of British Columbia, Peter Norman has since lived in Ottawa, Calgary and Halifax. His poetry and fiction have appeared in several periodicals and anthologies, including Jailbreaks: 99 Canadian Sonnets and the 2008 and 2009 editions of The Best Canadian Poetry. His first novel, Emberton, is forthcoming in 2014 from Douglas & McIntyre. His debut poetry collection, At the Gates of the Theme Park, was shortlisted for the 2011 Trillium Poetry Prize.
*Note: Shane Neilson and Dave Seymour were scheduled for this show, but commitments beyond Pivot have kept them away. We wish them well and will book them in sometime soon.
Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Chris Eaton, Shannon Maguire, and David Seymour
Wednesday, May 22nd
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC. Suggested donation of $5.
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney