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Pivot on October 1st: James Arthur, Jonathan Bennett, Guadalupe Muro, & Judith Thompson

Pivot is off and kicking for another year. Our second show features an international group of poets and authors, and also brings the rescheduled Judith Thompson. Advice is to get there early, again.

Cast List:

James Arthur was born in Connecticut and grew up in Canada. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Poetry, Ploughshares, and The American Poetry Review. He has received the Amy Lowell Travelling Poetry Scholarship, a Hodder Fellowship, a Stegner Fellowship, a residency at the Amy Clampitt House, and a Discovery/The Nation Prize. Charms Against Lightning, his debut poetry collection, is available from Copper Canyon Press as a Lannan Literary Selection.

Jonathan Bennett is a novelist and poet. He is the author of six books, the most recent of which is The Colonial Hotel (ECW Press, 2014). His previous work includes the critically acclaimed novels, Entitlement and After Battersea Park, two collections of poetry, Civil and Civic, and Here is my street, this tree I planted, and a collection of short stories, Verandah People, which was runner up for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award. He is a winner of the K.M. Hunter Artists’ Award in Literature. Jonathan lives near Peterborough.

Guadalupe Muro is an Argentinian writer, producer and artist. Her first collection of poems, Con quién dormías? was published in 2007. Air Carnation is her first novel. She is currently working with musicians to compose a soundtrack to the novel, a project called “Songs for Runaway Girls,” which can be heard at https://www.facebook.com/songsforrunawaygirls. Muro lives in Sc. de Bariloche, a small town in Patagonia, where she directs the collaborative literary project “Las Cartas de Guadalupe.”

One of Canada’s best-known contemporary playwrights, Judith Thompson’s dramatic work has won two GG Awards, a Toronto Arts Award, and many Dora Mavor Moore Awards. Her newest productions are Borne and Watching Glory Die.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring James Arthur, Jonathan Bennett, Guadalupe Muro, and Judith Thompson
Wednesday, October 1st
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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Summer Hiatus

Pivot is taking its usual summer break. Lex and Jake would like to thank our 60+ readers from the 2013-14 season for making us good entertainment. We also thank the Press Club for their hospitality and their beer.

We will both be back (all three of us, actually, as the youngest member of Team Pivot, Mr. Oliver von Konigslow will be old enough to make it by the fall) on September 17th.

It’s come to our attention that NOW Magazine has us in their Best of Toronto Poll in the category Best Reading Series. Pivot has many good friends and fellow travelers left off that list (shout-outs to Liveword, The Art Bar, EW Reading Series, and others) but would appreciate it all the same if you jumped over and checked the box next to our name. The sticker would look good on the piano.

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Pivot on April 9: Book Launch for Erin Moure & Chus Pato with guests Liz Howard & Sonja Greckol

Generally Pivot at the Press Club does not host book launches as a rule but when Erín Moure asked us we just couldn’t say no. Join us on April 9 when we join forces with BookThug to present the launch of Secession by Chus Pato with Insecession by Erin Moure

Join us for this special Pivot Readings event with Erín Moure (present) and Chus Pato (virtually) and special guests Sonja Greckol and Liz Howard.

Secession / Insecession is a homage to the acts of reading, writing and translating poetry. In it, Chus Pato’s Galician biopoetics of poet and nation, Secession – translated by Erín Moure – joins Moure’s Canadian translational biopoetics, Insecession. To Pato, the poem is an insurrection against normalized language; to Moure, translation itself disrupts and reforms poetics and the possibility of the poem. In solidarity with Pato, Moure echoes Barthes: “A readerly text is something I cannot re-produce (today I cannot write like Atwood); a writerly text is one I can read only if I utterly transform my reading regime. I now recognize a third text alongside the readerly and the writerly: let’s call it the untranslatable.”

In Secession / Insecession, a major European poet and a known Canadian poet, born on opposite sides of the Atlantic in the mid twentieth century and with vastly different experiences of political life, forge a 21st century relationship of thinking and creation. The result is a major work of memoir, poetics, trans-ethics and history.

Cast List:
Montreal poet ERIN MOURE has published seventeen books of poetry in English and Galician/English, and thirteen volumes of poetry translated from French, Spanish, Galician and Portuguese into English, by poets such as Andrés Ajens, Nicole Brossard, Rosalía de Castro, Louise Dupré, and Fernando Pessoa. Her work has received the Governor General’s Award, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, the A.M. Klein Prize, and has been a three-time finalist for the Griffin Prize. Moure is currently revising the bilingual French/English impossible play Kapusta, a sequel to The Unmemntioable, and is translating Chus Pato’s Carne de Leviatán into English as Flesh of Leviathan. She is also working on a new book of poems called The Elements, and on a translation of Wilson Bueno’s Mar Paraguayo. Follow her on Twitter: @erinmoure.

CHUS PATO is a central figure in contemporary poetry and one of the most iconoclastic figures in Galician and European literature. Her sixth book, m-Talá, broke the poetic mould in 2000. Hordes of Writing, the third text in her projected pentology Method, received the 2008 Spanish Critics’ Prize for Galician Poetry, and the Losada Diéguez Literary Prize in 2009. Pato continues to refashion the way we think of the possibilities of poetic text, of words, bodies, political and literary space, and of the construction of ourselves as individual, community, nation, world. She brings us face to face with the traumas and migrations of Europe, with writing itself, and the possibility (or not) of poetry accounting for our animal selves. Secession is Pato’s ninth book and her fourth to be translated into English.

LIZ HOWARD was born and raised in northern Ontario and is of Anishinaabe and European ancestry. She co-curates the feminist reading series AvantGarden and is a member of the Influency Salon editorial group. Her poetry has appeared in Canadian literary journals such as The Capilano Review, The Puritan, and Matrix. Her Skullambient (Ferno House Press) was shortlisted for the 2012 bpNichol Chapbook Award. She is currently completing an MFA in Creative Writing through the University of Guelph and works as a cognition researcher in Toronto.

SONJA GRECKOL began to write poetry when Mike Harris was re-elected in Ontario. Since, her work has appeared in Literary Review of Canada, Canadian Literature, Dalhousie Review, CV2, Canadian Women’s Studies, Fiddlehead and Matrix. She coordinates poetry for Women and Environments International Magazine and has served as the Associate Rep representative on the National Council of the League of Canadian Poets (2006-08). She has taught college and university, studied order and disorder in jokes, done human rights and gender-based research and consulting, and does local activism while she writes. Her long poem, ‘Emilie Explains Newton to Voltaire,’ was short-listed for the CBC Poetry Prize in 2008. Her debut book Skein of Days is available this spring from Pedlar Press.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring the launch of Secession/Insecession by Chus Pato & Erin Moure, with guest readers Liz Howard & Sonja Greckol
Wednesday, April 9th
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
NO DONATIONS ACCEPTED, FREE EVENT
Hosted by Pivot Reading Series

 

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Pivot on March 26th: Jeremy Hanson-Finger, Guillaume Morissette, & Stuart Ross

Pivot’s moves into Spring with three local Gentlemen of Letters and a visiting poet who holds the best job title in all of Scottish poetry. No promises about patio weather, but a dream never hurt anybody…

UPDATE: Liz Lochhead’s trip to Canada has been canceled due to illness. We and our colleagues at VerseFest Ottawa are both sad to report that we’ll have to get her next time. Let’s all wish Liz a healthy recovery. It’s not anything particularly serious, luckily, but it does put the kibosh on Transatlantic flying.

Cast List

Jeremy Hanson-Finger’s fiction has been published in Joyland, Feathertale, Monkeybicycle, and Front&Centre, among other places, and he has poetry in two anthologies (published by Orca Books and Your Scrivener Press).  He currently lives in Toronto, where he co-founded and co-ran the online literary magazine and dance party manufacturer Dragnet . He works in e-book conversion at Kobo and he is in the final stages with his novel manuscript, The Big Freeze, a black comedy/revisionist hardboiled detective story/hospital drama set in the anesthesiology department of the Ottawa Civic Hospital, from which he will be reading tonight. You can visit his website at http://hansonfinger.tumblr.com.

Guillaume Morissette is the author of I Am My Own Betrayal (Maison Kasini, 2012) and the forthcoming novel New Tab (Vehicule Press, 2014). His work has appeared in Maisonneuve Magazine, carte-blanche, Little Brother Magazine, Metazen, ThoughtCatalog, HTMLGiant and many other publications.

Stuart Ross is the poetry editor at Mansfield Press and a founding member of the Meet the Presses collective. His books include the Trillium-shortlisted Father Gloomy’s New Hybrid, the story collection Snowball, Dragonfly, Jew, and poetry volumes like Dead Cars in Managua and the new Our Days in Vaudeville, which features collaborations with 29 other poets. He’s one third of the sound ensemble “Donkey Lopez”. He lives in Cobourg.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Jeremy Hanson-Finger, Guillaume Morissette, and Stuart Ross
Wednesday, March 26th
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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Pivot on February 12th: Stacey May Fowles, Emma Healey, and Peter Unwin

Welcome back Pivot. The mid-winter shows are always memorable, whether for their propensity towards full-tilt, 3-feet-of-visibility snowstorms or for their consistent supply of great readings and good people. Let’s do the latter thing for sure this time.

Three readers. We have a young poet whose new book was quietly one of the year’s best, a journalist and author with a diverse and exciting resume, and a novelist who doubles as one of the country’s most challenging essayists and public intellectuals. And beer. And jokes about the weather.

Cast List:

Stacey May Fowles is a writer and magazine professional living in Toronto. Her first novel, Be Good, was published by Tightrope Books in 2007. In fall 2008 she released an illustrated novel, Fear of Fighting, and staged a theatrical adaptation of it with Nightwood Theatre. The novel was later selected as a National Post Canada Also Reads pick for 2010. Her writing has appeared in various magazines and journals, including The Walrus, Elle Canada, Hazlitt, Taddle Creek, Prism, and Maisonneuve. She currently works at The Walrus, and is a regular contributor to The National Post. Her latest novel, Infidelity, was out with ECW press in fall 2013. It was selected as an Amazon Best Book of 2013.

Emma Healey is a writer and editor who currently lives in Toronto. Her first book,Begin with the End in Mind, was published by Arbeiter Ring Publishing in 2012. Her fiction, poetry and nonfiction have been featured in various publications includingMatrix, Joyland, Maisonneuve, Broken Pencil, the National Post, the Toronto Star, Said the Gramophone, the Void, CV2 and Lemon Hound. She is also the founder and editor-in-chief of the Incongruous Quarterly, an online literary magazine devoted to the publication of unpublishable literature.

Peter Unwin was born in Sheffield, England and was raised in southern Ontario. He studied at Carleton University in Ottawa, and then moved to Toronto where he took on various jobs as a grain handler, beer porter, a denture courier, and a journalist. He has traveled extensively in Ontario and was once thrown out of Providence Bay by someone who claimed to be the mayor. Currently, he lives in Toronto.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Stacey May Fowles, Emma Healey, & Peter Unwin
Wednesday, February 12th
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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Pivot on January 30th: Paula Eisenstein, Jeff Latosik, and James Lindsay

Pivot is off to a confident start and is excited to keep things moving along. We have a debuting novelist with a well-earned reputation as a Toronto art and culture dynamo, a Pivot favourite returning to showcase some new poetry, and a regular of the Pivot audience who happens also to be not just a Music Guy, but an emerging poet of real talent. It’ll be the end of January. It’ll be around 8:00 or so.

Cast List:

Paula Eisenstein grew up in London Ontario. Every few summers Paula’s parents migrated the family to Gaspe Quebec for a few weeks, where her mother’s family was from, and where luckily the ocean got enough into her.  She was a champion swimmer and had curly hair. Paula still has curly hair and she still swims. She swims at the Toronto YMCA for an hour, a couple of times a week. Paula’s greatest feat was writing her first novel Flip Turn which was published this past November by Mansfield Press. Paula also had writing published in some other publications like Descant and The White Collar Book Anthology. She contributed as an editor to Influencysalon.ca. Now Paula lives in Toronto. Paula never had work published in Room Magazine but she keeps trying.

 

Jeff Latosik’s work has appeared in journals and magazines across the country. He is the winner of the 2008 P.K. Page Award, This Magazine’s Great Literary Hunt (2009), and the 2011 Trillium Award for Poetry. He lives in Toronto where he teaches at Humber College. His new project “Sackbut”(an electronic synthesizer created by Ontario inventor Hugh LeCaine in the 1940s) looks at those moments of innovation in our personal and social lives where the possible reorients itself in our view and where we gain a vantage point both on the systemic pressures that work on us and the way in which those pressures, and our language, might be renewed.

 

James Lindsay is co owner of Pleasence Records. His poetry has appeared in Taddle Creek, Prairie Fire, and the Rogue Stimulus anthology (Mansfield Press). He is also a music writer and regular contributor to Weird Canada and Offerings, Toronto free music monthly.

 

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Paula Eisenstein, Jeff Latosik, & James Lindsay
Wednesday, January 30th
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC. Suggested Donation: $5.00
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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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
PYWC

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