Pivot on March 22nd: Gwen Benaway, Ashley-Elizabeth Best, Robert Chafe, & Shari Kasman

Pivot’s last show before the rush of spring publishing brings four writers at different points along the journey. We have visiting Newfoundlander and past GG winner Robert Chafe, Kingston’s Ashley-Elizabeth Best and a duo of local Toronto writers in Shari Kasman and Gwen Benaway. Will be good; you will like.


Cast List:

Gwen Benaway is a trans woman of Anishinaabe and Métis descent.  Her first collection of poetry, Ceremonies for the Dead, was published in 2013, her second collection of poetry, Passage, was released in 2016 from Kegedonce Press and her third collection of poetry, What I Want is Not What I Hope For, is forthcoming from Bookthug in 2018.In 2015, she was the recipient of the inaugural Speaker’s Award for a Young Author and in 2016 she received an Dayne Ogilvie Honour of Distinction for Emerging Queer Authors from the Writer’s Trust of Canada. TWs: Sexual Abuse, Child Abuse, Rape

Ashley-Elizabeth Best is from Cobourg, Ontario. Her work has appeared in FjordsCV2BerfroisGrist, and Ambit Magazine, among other publications. Recently, she was shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. She lives and writes in Kingston, Ontario. Her first collection Slow States of Collapse came out this past April from ECW.

Robert Chafe has worked in theatre, dance, opera, radio and film. His stage plays have been seen in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and in the United States, and include Oil and Water, Tempting Providence, Afterimage, Under Wraps and The Colony of Unrequited Dreams. He has been shortlisted twice for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama, and he won the award in 2010. He is the playwright and Artistic Director of Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland. Two-Man Tent (Breakwater Books) is his first work of fiction. He lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Shari Kasman is a Toronto-based writer, multidisciplinary artist, and musician. Her work has been shown in public space and private space, but not in outer space. Some of her best material took the form of handwritten letters to Steven Spielberg that she left on a bicycle labelled with the director’s name. Her writing has appeared in Taddle Creek, Joyland, and This Magazine as well as in an eBook entitled The Broken Social Scene Story Contest: Short Works Inspired By You Forgot It In People, published by House of Anansi Press. Her short story collection, Everything Life Has to Offer, was published by Invisible Publishing in 2017. She has been teaching piano for over fifteen years.

Pivot on March 22nd
with Gwen Benaway, Ashley-Elizabeth Best, Robert Chafe, and Shari Kasman
8 PM
1051 Bloor St West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)


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