Pivot on October 5th: John Wall Barger, Joe Denham, Susan Perly & Kevin Spenst

 Pivot grows wings and looks around, bringing in some writers from the West Coast and from India (via the East Coast), plus local novelist Susan Perly. It’s our third show of the season, and will be plenty worth your time.

Cast List:

John Wall Barger’s poems have appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Rattle, Subtropics, Hotel Amerika, Best Canadian Poetry, and The Montreal Prize’s Global Poetry Anthology. His third book, The Book of Festus (Palimpsest Press), was a finalist for the 2016 JM Abraham Poetry Award. He lives in India.

Joe Denham has written 3 books of poetry and a novel. His most recent book, Regeneration Machine, won the 2016 Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry. He lives in Halfmoon Bay, BC with his wife and 2 children, where he writes and works as a homebuilder when he’s not captaining commercial fishing boats throughout the coastal waters of BC and Alaska. He is currently at work on another book of poetry, a sequel to the 2009 book-length poem, Windstorm, and is preparing to release his 1st album of songs, Lost at Sea, in the spring of 2017.

Susan Perly has worked as a journalist, war correspondent and radio producer for the CBC. In the early ’80s her Letters from Latin America for Peter Gzowski’s Morningside reported from locales such as El Salvador, Guatemala and Chiapas. During the Iran–Iraq war she broadcast Letters from Baghdad, and she produced many documentaries for the weekly program Sunday Morning. Perly is the author of the jazz novel Love Street, and her short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. She lives in Toronto with her husband, the poet Dennis Lee. Her debut novel, Death Valley, was released this year by Wolsak & Wynn and is on the Longlist for the 2016 Giller Prize.

Kevin Spenst is the author of Jabbering with Bing Bong (Anvil Press) and the chapbooks Pray Goodbye (the Alfred Gustav Press), Retractable (the serif of nottingham), Happy Hollow and the Surrey Suite (self-published), What the Frag Meant (100 tetes press) snap (Pooka Press), and Surrey Sonnets (JackPine press). He has done a one-man show at the Vancouver Fringe Festival and over a hundred readings of his poetry across the country. His work has won the Lush Triumphant Award for Poetry and has most recently appeared in BafterC, Poetry is Dead, Lemon Hound and the anthology Best Canadian Poetry 2014.

Pivot on October 5th
with John Wall Barger, Joe Denham, Susan Perly, and Kevin Spenst
8 PM
1051 Bloor St West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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Canisia Lubrin hosts Pivot on Sept 21st: Cherie Dimaline, Rudrapriya Rathore, Kilby Smith-McGregor, & Jess Taylor

Pivot is off and kicking for 2016-17, and Jake has taken this time to accidentally book a reading of his own out-of-town, but don’t fear, you’re in better hands with this quartet of women curated by emerging poet Canisia Lubrin. Lots to watch out for!

Cast List:

Cherie Dimaline is a member of the Georgian Bay Metis Community in Ontario. Her first award winning book, Red Rooms, was published by Theytus Books in 2007. Her 2013 novel ‘The Girl Who Grew a Galaxy’ was shortlisted for the Burt Award for First Nations, Metis and Inuit Literature. Cherie’s latest collection of short fiction “A Gentle Habit” was released by Kegedonce Books, December 2015. Named as the Ontario Emerging Artist of the Year for the 2014 Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, Cherie was appointed as the first Aboriginal Writer in Residence for the Toronto Public Library, Spring 2015. Her upcoming YA novel, The Marrow Thieves is forthcoming from Cormorant Books, spring 2017.

Rudrapriya Rathore is currently pursuing an MA in Creative Writing at U of T. She won the Irving Layton award for fiction in 2014 and has published pieces in the Hart House Review, The Puritan, and The Walrus. She lives and writes in Toronto.

Kilby Smith-McGregor spent her early professional life making theatre. Her writing across genres has appeared in Brick, Conjunctions, and The Kenyon Review—among other publications—and been anthologized in Best Canadian Essays, and Best Canadian Poetry. She was recognized with the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s 2010 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award and holds an MFA from the University of Guelph. Her first collection of poetry is Kids in Triage (Wolsak & Wynn, 2016).

Jess Taylor is a Toronto writer and poet. She founded The Emerging Writers Reading Series (2012-2016) and is the fiction editor of Little Brother Magazine. She’s released two chapbooks of poetry, And Then Everyone: Poems of the West End (Picture Window Press, 2014) and Never Stop (Anstruther Press, 2014). This October, her first collection of short stories, Pauls, was published by BookThug. The title story from the collection, “Paul,” received the 2013 Gold Fiction National Magazine Award. Jess is currently at work on a second collection, Just Pervs;  a novel, Where Everything Glows; and continuation of her life poem, Never Stop.

Pivot on September 21st
with Cherie Dimaline, Rudrapriya Rathore, Kilby Smith-McGregor and Jess Taylor.
8 PM
1051 Bloor St West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Canisia Lubrin

 

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Pivot’s 2016-17 Season Opener: H.D., Islam, Valencia & Whitlock.

Pivot’s Season Openers are an institution. We are excited to continue the built tradition of great new and established authors with another big kick-off show on September 7th. We’ve got emerging poet (and 2016 Arc POTY winner) Doyali Islam, weird-funny novelist Nathan Whitlock, Montreal Poetry Prize winner Eva H.D., and poet & Toronto Poetry Talks Founder Jacqueline Valencia. Come in out of the summer heat and be cool with us again.

Cast List:

Eva H.D. lives and writes in Toronto. She won the 2015 Montreal International Poetry Prize for her poem “38 Michigans” (judged by Eavan Boland). Her books are Rotten Perfect Mouth and the new Shiner (2016, Mansfield Press).

Doyali Islam’s recent poems have won CV2’s 2015 Young Buck Poetry Prize and Arc’s 2015 Poem of the Year contest. She is also the recipient of a 2015 Chalmers Arts Fellowship, and her first collection, Yusuf and the Lotus Flower was released from BuschekBooks in 2011.

Jacqueline Valencia is a poet and film/literary critic. She has written for the Rusty Toque, Lemon Hound, Next Projection, subTerrain, and the Barnstormer, among others. Her chapbook Maybe was selected for the 2012 Arte Factum exhibit by Poetry Is Deadmagazine. She is the founder and organizer of Toronto Poetry Talks and the author of the debut collection There is No Escape Out of Time (Insomniac, 2016) 

Nathan Whitlock’s work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, National Post, Toronto Life, Report on Business, Flare, Fashion, Geist, Maisonneuve, and Best Canadian Essays, and he is a contributing editor for Quill & Quire. Heather O’Neill called A Week of This, Whitlock’s first novel, “a portrait of people in a small town so intimate that it feels like you are under the covers with them.” His newest is Congratulations on Everything, out this spring from ECW Press.(tw: drug and alcohol abuse)

Pivot’s Season Opener: Eva H.D., Doyali Islam, Jacqueline Valencia, and Nathan Whitlock
Wednesday, September 7th.
8 PM
1051 Bloor St West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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PIVOTcast Episode 6: Renton, Moritz, and Porco

The newest episode of PIVOTcast brings you our January 24th show, with recordings from three of our four readers: Daniel Kincade Renton, A.F. Moritz, and Alessandro Porco.

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PIVOTcast Episode 5: Blackman, Warner, & Wells

The newest episode of PIVOTcast brings you our January 24th show, with poets Jeff Blackman and Zachariah Wells alongside the novelist and poet Patrick Warner.

 

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PIVOTcast Episode 4: Anand, Cole, Trainor (w/ Spence)

Our next episode of PIVOTcast comes from February. As Jake laid up broken and ill at home, Pivot’s Guest Host Supreme Bianca Spence came in and saved the day. Not saved, though, was the audio from Lana Pesch’s great reading. Leaving out Lana, we still have for you a great trio with (since Trillium-nominated) poet Madhur Anand, funny and wise novelist Trevor Cole, and BC-imported poet Kim Trainor. Enjoy it.

 

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PIVOTcast Episode 3: Lindsay, Ah-Sen, and Smart

Thanks to Juanita Muwanga and the team at The Scope, we’ll be pushing out PIVOTCasts from our Winter 2016 shows all summer. This one brings you James Lindsay, Jean Marc Ah-Sen, and Carolyn Smart. Subscribe on iTunes for the rest.

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