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.

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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Pivot is on its Summer Hiatus

Pivot is done for the year. Our 2015-16 season closed this week and we are on hiatus until September 7th.

Jake would like to thank The Steady Cafe for being a friendly home this season. He also wants to say thanks to Alexis von Konigslow for her support and to Bianca Spence for filling the dual role of Supply Teacher and Guidance Counselor at Pivot Middle School. Pivot also thanks its friends at The Scope, especially Juanita Muwanga and Emily Joveski.

But mostly, Pivot thanks its readers. In chronological order (deep breath): Mathew Henderson, Cat Kidd, Liz Howard, Raoul Fernandes, James Grainger, Sabrina Ramnanan, Dina del Bucchia, Daniel Zomparelli, Margaret Christakos, Liz Worth, Meira Cook, Kevin Hardcastle, George Murray, Chad Campbell, Elena Johnson, Cara-Lyn Morgan, Catriona Wright, Faith Vanessa Arforful, Matt Cahill, Maureen Hynes, Karen Solie, Jonathan Ball, Amina Farah, Laura Clarke, Derek McCormack, Andy McGuire, Janue Munro, Jean Marc Ah-Sen, James Lindsay, Carolyn Smart, Madhur Anund, Trevor Cole, Lana Pesch, Kim Trainor, Jeff Blackman, Patrick Warner, Zachariah Wells, Gary Barwin, Melissa Bull, Michelle Brown, Tajja Isen, A.F. Moritz, Alessandro Porco, Daniel Kincade Renton, Rahat Kurd, Cassidy McFadzean, Brent Raycroft, Laurie D. Graham, Adrienne Gruber, Soraya Peerbaye, Talya Rubin, Jordan Tannahill, Carmine Starnino, Vivek Shraya and Arleen Pare.

That’s fifty-five readers. Forty-one of them read (mostly or only) poetry and fourteen (mostly or only) read prose. Our CWILA count for the season (using self-identified genders and guided by pronouns) was 31 women and 24 men, or a 56/44 split towards women. This moves Pivot’s all-time CWILA count to a somewhat uncanny and not-entirely planned 50.00/50.00 split.

Pivot should have some of its early Fall 2016 ready to publicize on Facebook in June or July. In the interim, watch pivotreadings.ca and follow us on iTunes as we’re going to post The Scope’s podcasts over the course of the summer.

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150 Pivots Later: Season Finale of May 4th with Arleen Paré, Vivek Shraya, Carmine Starnino and Jordan Tannahill

This is not just the end of our 2015-16 season, but represents Pivot’s 150th show since the series began. To celebrate, we’ve planned something of a builders’ ball, with four readers who, beyond the quality of their work itself, have gone out and made new communities and worlds: performative, critical, aesthetic ones, and have improved Canadian Book Stuff by doing so. Come see us off for the summer among friends.

Cast List:

Arleen Paré is a Victoria poet and novelist. Her first book, Paper Trail, was nominated for the Dorothy Livesay BC Book Award and won the Victoria Butler Book Prize in 2008. Her second book, Leaving Now, a mixed genre novel, was released in 2012.  Lake of Two Mountains, her first collection of poetry, won the Governor General’s Award for Poetry in 2014; it was also nominated for the Victoria Butler Book Prize and won the CBC Bookie Award.  Paré’s latest poetry collection, He Leaves His Face in the Funeral Car was released in September, 2015. (tw: mental illness & suicide)

Vivek Shraya is a Toronto-based artist whose body of work includes several albums, films, and books. She is also one half of the music duo Too Attached and the Associate Editor of Heartbeats, a website that features racialized artists and stories. Her first novel, She of the Mountains, was named one of The Globe and Mail’s Best Books of 2014, and will be followed by her debut collection of poetry, even this page is white, out this spring. Vivek has read and performed at shows, festivals and post-​secondary institutions internationally, sharing the stage with Tegan & Sara and Dragonette, and has appeared at NXNE, Word on the Street, and Yale University. Vivek is a three-time Lambda Literary Award finalist, a 2015 Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award finalist, and a 2015 recipient of the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Dayne Ogilvie Prize Honour of Distinction. Vivek’s first children’s picture book, The Boy & the Bindi, will be published by Arsenal Pulp Press in 2016. Her book on recording artist M.I.A. will be published in 2017 by ECW Press, as part of their Pop Classics series.

Carmine Starnino is a poet, essayist, and critic. He has published four volumes of poetry. His previous, This Way Out (2009), was nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award and his newest is Leviathan, from Gaspereau Press His other books include two collections of critical reviews and essays–Lazy Bastardism and A Lover’s Quarrel and The New Canon: An Anthology of Canadian Poetry, which he edited. Starnino lives in Montreal where he edits the poetry for Vehicule Press’s Signal Editions imprint.

Jordan Tannahill is a playwright, theatre director and filmmaker, recently described by The Globe and Mail as “…the poster child of a new generation of artists for whom “interdisciplinary” is not a buzzword, but a way of life”. In collaboration with William Ellis, Jordan runs the alternative art-space Videofag out of their home in Kensington Market. His plays and films have been presented across Canada and internationally. Jordan received the 2014 Governor Generals Award for Drama for his book Age of Minority: Three Solo Plays, the 2014 John Hirsch Prize for directing, and a Dora Award for rihannaboi95 in 2013 and for Concord Floral in 2015His book Theatre of the Unimpressed was published by Coach House Press in 2015.

Pivot’s Season Finale: Arleen Paré, Vivek Shraya, Carmine Starnino and Jordan Tannahill
Wednesday, May 4th
8 PM
1051 Bloor St West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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