Thurs Dec 14 – Martinello, Hardcastle, Dolman, Ruthnum

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*This Pivot is on a Thursday!*

It’s the last Pivot of the year & it’s a doozy – Anita Dolman, Naben Ruthnum, Kevin Hardcastle & Domenica Martinello come together to raise glasses & voices to a year of great literature.

PLUS: We’ll set up a table at the back as an informal book swap. Bring one+, take one+!

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Anita Dolman’s poetry and fiction have appeared in journals and anthologies throughout North America, including Canadian Ginger, Matrix Magazine, On Spec, Grain, PRISM international and Triangulation: Lost Voices. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks, and was a finalist for the 2015 Alberta Magazine Award for fiction. Lost Enough (Morning Rain Publishing, 2017) is Anita’s debut short fiction collection.

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Kevin Hardcastle is a fiction writer from Simcoe County, Ontario. He was a finalist for the 2012 Journey Prize, and his stories have been published widely. Hardcastle’s debut short story collection, Debris, won the Trillium Book Award and the ReLit Award for Short Fiction. His novel, In the Cage, has recently been published by Biblioasis.

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Domenica Martinello, a poet from Montreal, was a finalist for the 2017 Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers and the winner of the carte blanche 3Macs prize. Currently completing an MFA in poetry at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, her debut collection, All Day I Dream About Sirens, is forthcoming with Coach House Books in 2019.

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Naben Ruthnum won the Journey Prize for his short fiction, has been a National Post books columnist, and has written books and cultural criticism for the Globe and Mail, Hazlitt, and the Walrus. His crime fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and Joyland, and his pseudonym Nathan Ripley’s first novel will appear in 2018. Ruthnum lives in Toronto.

PWYC: Suggested $5
The Tranzac club is an accessible venue.
Doors at 8 PM.

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Pivot on Nov. 29 – Catherine Graham, Tajja Isen, and Concetta Principe

Catherine Graham, Tajja Isen, and Concetta Principe close out November in one of those Pivots that make you say ‘man, I should go to Pivot more often.’

Catherine Graham is the author of six poetry collections including The Celery Forest and the debut novel Quarry. Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects was a finalist for the Raymond Souster Award and CAA Award for Poetry. Winner of IFOA’s Poetry NOW, she teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies where she won an Excellence in Teaching Award. Published internationally, recent readings include the Seamus Heaney HomePlace, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, University of East London and Belfast’s Linen Hall Library. She lives in Toronto. www.catherinegraham.com@catgrahampoet

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Tajja Isen is a Toronto-based writer and voice actor. Her fiction has been published in The Malahat Review, The New Quarterly, Room, and was long listed for the 2015 CBC Short Story Prize. As an essayist, Tajja’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Electric Literature, Catapult, and Book Riot. A voice actor for sixteen years, she can be heard on such cartoons as The Berenstain Bears, Atomic Betty, and Super Why!, among others. She is currently completing a combined JD/MA in English and law at the University of Toronto.

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concetta principe writes prose poems, non-fiction, fiction and scholarly work. This Real, coming out with Pedlar Press this fall, is her fourth book of poetry, and, in being a project on love, is a sequel to Hiroshima: A Love (strike-out) War Story. She is Assistant Professor of English at Trent University.

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See you at the Tranzac Club (first door on your left) – this is an accessible venue.

Doors at 8
PWYC – suggested $5

 

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Pivot on Nov 15 – Susan Alexander, Alicia Elliott, Rasiqra Revulva

Warm up by the (faux) fireplace & be moved by this trio to end all trios: Alicia Elliott, Susan Alexander & Rasiqra Revulva 🔥

SUSAN ALEXANDER is the winner of the 2016 Short Grain poetry prize and the 2015 Vancouver Writers’ Festival Contest. Her poems have appeared in SubTerrain, Arc, CV2, Grain, Room, The Antigonish Review, and PRISM international. For inspiration, Alexander writes from eclectic experiences — as a chambermaid, CBC Radio journalist, stay-at-home mother, waitress, lay preacher, and associate at a boutique investment firm, as well as from her family history and passions. She is a member of the League of Canadian Poets and lives on Bowen Island, BC.

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Alicia Elliott is a Tuscarora writer living in Brantford, Ontario with her husband and child. Her writing has been published by The Malahat Review, The New Quarterly, The Walrus, Macleans, Globe and Mail and many others. Her essay “A Mind Spread Out on the Ground” won Gold at the National Magazine Awards and has been selected to be published in Best Canadian Essays 2017. She has most recently been named the 2017-2018 Geoffrey and Margaret Andrew Fellow at UBC.

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Rasiqra Revulva is a Toronto-based poet, multi-media artist, editor, musician, and performer. She was recently awarded second place in the 2017 Blodwyn Memorial Prize for Emerging Writers; and is in the process of completing an Emerging Writers Mentorship with Diaspora Dialogues for a full-length collection inspired by the city of Toronto. Her debut chapbook of poetry and glitch-art illustration titled “Cephalopography” was published by words(on)pages press in October of 2016. Her band The Databats has recently signed to Slice Records, Australia, commencing with a re-release of their album “Chiropteratronic” in April of 2017. Learn more at @rasiqra_revulva and www.rasiqrarevulva.com.

We’ll be in the Tiki Room (front leftmost room) at the Tranzac Club, which is an accessible venue.
PWYC (Suggested $5)

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Pivot on Nov 1 – Dina Del Bucchia, Spencer Gordon, Ted Nolan

A 1-2-3 punch of brilliant new books by good friends of Pivot!

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Dina Del Bucchia is the author of three collections of poetry: Coping with Emotions and Otters (Talonbooks, 2013), Blind Items (Insomiac Press, 2014), and Rom Com(Talonbooks 2015), the latter written with her Can’t Lit podcast co-host Daniel Zomparelli. She is an editor of Poetry Is Dead magazine and the Artistic Director of the Real Vancouver Writers’ Series. Dina created and updates”Dress Like a Book” (on tumblr and Instagram) to unite two of her great loves: literature and fashion. Her first collection of fiction, Don’t Tell Me What to Do, is out now with Arsenal Pulp Press.

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E Martin Nolan is a poet, essayist and editor. He edits interviews at The Puritan, where he’s also published numerous essays, interviews and blog posts. He teaches at The University of Toronto. His book of poems, Still Point, was published by Invisible Publishing in Fall, 2017. For more visitemartinnolan.com.

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SPENCER GORDON is the author of the critically acclaimed short story collection Cosmo (Coach House Books, 2012) and the poetry collection Cruise Missile Liberals (Nightwood Editions, Fall 2017). He is a co-founder of The Puritan, the decade-old literary journal. His writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, EVENT, THIS Magazine, Poetry Is Dead, The Winnipeg Review, CNQ, Broken Pencil, Joyland and many other periodicals and anthologies. He lives and works in Toronto.

See you @ the accessible Tiki Room (first door to your left inside the Tranzac)
Doors @ 8, readings @ 8:30
PWYC (Suggested $5)

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Pivot on Oct 4th – Dunic, O’Connell, Hernandez, Smith

 

Welcoming travelling favourites Leanne Dunic and Danez Smith and local favourites Catherine Hernandez and Grace O’Connell – you’ll want to come early and stay late for this one. 🌻

Oct 4 @ the Tranzac Club (292 Brunswick Ave)

Doors at 7:30, show at 8:30

PWYC (Suggested $5)

Hosted by Canisia Lubrin & Michelle Brown

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Leanne Dunic is a multidisciplinary artist, musician, and writer. Her work has won several honours, including the 2015 Alice Munro Short Story Contest, and has appeared in magazines and anthologies in Canada and abroad. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Leanne is the Artistic Director of the Powell Street Festival Society and is the singer/guitarist of The Deep Cove. To Love the Coming End is her first book. Learn more at leannedunic.com.

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Catherine Hernandez is a theatre practitioner and award-winning author. She is the author of M is for Mustache: A Pride ABC Book (Flamingo Rampant) and the novel Scarborough (Arsenal Pulp Press) which won the 2015 ACWW Emerging Writers Award for Fiction for the unpublished manuscript. She is the Artistic Director of b current performing arts.

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Grace O’Connell is the author of Magnified World, which was a national bestseller, and her new novel, Be Ready for the Lightning, was published by Random House in early June 2017. She writes a books column for This Magazine and her work has appeared in various publications and anthologies
including The Walrus, the Globe and Mail, Taddle Creek, CBC, The Journey Prize Stories, as well as various lifestyle and literary publications across Canada. Grace has been nominated for national magazine awards and the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for her fiction, and she was the recipient of the 2014 Canadian Authors Association Emerging Writer Award. Grace lives in Toronto, where she teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto and works as the Senior Editor for Open Book.

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Danez Smith is a Black, queer, poz writer, and internationally touring performer from St. Paul, MN. Danez is the author of [insert] boy (YesYes Books, 2014), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry, and Don’t Call Us Dead (Graywolf Press, 2017). Danez is also the author of two chapbooks, hands on your knees (2013, Penmanship Books) and black movie (2015, Button Poetry), winner of the Button Poetry Prize. They are the recipient of fellowships from the Poetry Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, and is a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow. Danez’s work has been featured widely, including on The New York Times, Buzzfeed, Blavity, PBS NewsHour, and on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. They are a 2-time Individual World Poetry Slam finalist, 3-time Rustbelt Poetry Slam Champion, and a founding member of the Dark Noise Collective. Danez is represented by Beotis Creative.

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Pivot Season Opener Sept 20th – Lynn Crosbie, Allison LaSorda & Natalie Wee

 

 

*Update: *Update: Due to unfortunate and unforeseen travel-related circumstances, Safiya won’t be able to make the opener. In happier news, Natalie Wee has kindly stepped in. Can’t wait to see you all!

 

Pivot’s season opener brings a new accessible venue (Tranzac Club’s Tiki Room) and a trio of writers we can’t believe we were lucky enough to book. Come early – with Natalie Wee, Lynn Crosbie and Allison LaSorda kicking off the 17/18 season it maaaay just be a sell-out. ✨

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Lynn Crosbie is the author of _The Corpses of the Future_ (Anansi, 2017.)
It is a collection of poems named by, and about, her father’s serious illness.

She has written other collections, most recently, _Liar_ in 2009.

A novelist and Ph.D—who has taught at the AGO, the University of Toronto, SisterWrites and OCAD university—she is making a very slow, lateral move to photography.

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Allison LaSorda holds an MFA from the University of Guelph and has received residency scholarships from the Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity and the Vermont Studio Center. Her writing appears in publications like PRISM international, Shenandoah, The Fiddlehead, Hazlitt, and others. Her first book, Stray, was published by icehouse poetry / Goose Lane Editions in 2017. She is currently at work on a short story collection.

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Natalie Wee is the author of OUR BODIES & OTHER FINE MACHINES (Words Dance Publishing, 2016). Her work has been published or is forthcoming in The Adroit Journal, Drunken Boat, PRISM International, Maisonneuve, and more. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net Anthology 2016. Find more of her work at http://natalieweewrites.com/.

 

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Accessible Venue – Tranzac Club’s Tiki Room (292 Brunswick Ave)
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Doors @ 8
Beer etc. a’plenty

Hosted by Canisia Lubrin and Michelle Brown

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Pivot’s 9th Season Finale: Linda Besner, Kate Cayley & Suzannah Showler

Nine years! How bout it. Pivot closes down for another summer with three superstars and it’ll be a great way to end the season. Thanks to everyone who came and supported Pivot, this season and the previous eight.

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Cast List:

Linda Besner is the author of The Id Kid, published in 2011 by Vehicule Press and named one of the National Post’s Best Poetry Books of the Year. Her poetry and journalism have appeared in numerous magazines. Her second collection is Feel Happier in Nine Seconds, out now from Coach House.

Kate Cayley is a poet, playwright, and fiction writer living in Toronto. Her newest book is Other Houses, out now from Brick. She is the author of one previous poetry collection (When This World Comes to an End, Brick Books), a young adult novel (The Hangman in the Mirror, Annick Press), and a short story collection (How You Were Born, Pedlar Press), which won the 2015 Trillium Book Award and was a finalist for the Governor-General’s Award. She has been a playwright-in-residence at Tarragon Theatre in Toronto since 2009, and has written two plays produced by Tarragon, After Akhmatova and The Bakelite Masterpiece.

Suzannah Showler is the author of  Thing is (McClelland & Stewart/Penguin Random House 2017) and Failure to Thrive (ECW, 2014), which was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Award and was named one of the best books of the year by The National Post. A book of cultural criticism about The Bachelor is forthcoming from ECW’s Pop Classic series Spring 2018. Her writing has appeared places like Slate, Buzzfeed, The Walrus, Hazlitt, Maisonneuve, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. She is a two-time National Magazine Award finalist and the Silver award winner in the “One of a Kind” category in 2015.  She is a 2017-2018 Presidential Fellow at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, where she lives with her husband, novelist Andrew Battershill.

Pivot’s Season Finale on May 17th
with Linda Besner, Kate Cayley and Suzannah Showler
8 PM
1051 Bloor St West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)

 

 

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