Monthly Archives: September 2008

Pivot Launch October 15

It is from the tips of my toes that I announce the opening night of the Pivot at the Press Club reading series: Wednesday October 15, 2008.

We’ll be breaking with tradition right away with four readers for the price of three:

Alex Boyd
Alex Boyd lives in Toronto.  He writes poems, fiction, reviews and essays, and has had work published in magazines and newspapers such as Taddle Creek, dig, Books in Canada, The Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire, The Antigonish Review and on websites such as The Danforth Review, and Nthposition. He booked and hosted the I.V. lounge reading series for five years, and is co-editor of the online journal Northern Poetry Review.  His personal site is alexboyd.com, and his first book of poems Making Bones Walk was published in 2007, winning the Gerald Lampert Award.

Leigh Nash
Leigh Nash is a writer, editor and MFA student in Creative Writing at the University of Guelph. She is the volunteer coordinator for the Scream Literary Festival and a reader for Bywords, an Ottawa-based literary journal. Her work has appeared in Carousel, Exile, Misunderstandings Magazine and the Ottawa Arts Review. She is the co-founder of The Emergency Response Unit, a Toronto-based chapbook press, which is releasing its first five titles in November 2008.

Rebecca Rosenblum
Rebecca Rosenblum is a writer of short stories, some of which have been or will be seen in Exile Quarterly, Danforth Review, The New Quarterly, Journey Prize Stories 19, Joyland, Best Canadian Short Stories 08, and Coming Attractions. Her first collection, Once, came out in September from Biblioasis.

Paul Vermeersch
Paul Vermeersch is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently Between the Walls (M&S, 2005). His next collection of poems, The Reinvention of the Human Hand, will be published by McClelland & Stewart in 2010. He is the poetry editor of Insomniac Press and a teacher at Sheridan College. He lives in Toronto.

The Press Club is located at 850 Dundas Street West, three blocks west of Bathurst on the north side of the street, and easily accessible by both the Dundas and Bathurst streetcars. The party starts at 8 and goes till late. No cover, no hat.

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The Pivot Facebook group already has almost 225 members (!!), but if that’s not your style, or if you want to make double sure you don’t miss any er, Pivotal news, you can subscribe to the mailing list by sending me an email at careytoane[at]gmail[dot]com. Guaranteed to increase your inbox size by about two emails a month.

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Pivot gets love

A whole day after announcing the new series, Pivot has already been the recipient of some quality online love. Aw shucks, boys.

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Pivot – the new dance craze sweeping Toronto’s lit scene

Hello and welcome to the digital home of Toronto’s newest poetry and fiction reading series. Born from the still-smoking ashes of the I.V. Lounge Reading Series, Pivot will maintain the same twice-monthly format with a few important changes.

When the I.V. Lounge closed its doors at the end of August (*sniff*), the series was left without a home. We have moved west down Dundas to the Press Club, located in an East Berlin-style, up-and-coming strip at 850 Dundas Street West, just three short blocks west of Bathurst on the north side of the street. We are very excited about the new location with its warm, art-filled space and great drink menu served with style by owners Mikael and Andrew Hickey. The bar also features a back patio for outdoor readings on warm summer nights.

The series was also left without a name, now that the I.V. is no longer. After Scrabbling through the dictionary for a name that incorporated the letters “iv”, we landed on Pivot at the Press Club. It’s active, it’s alliterative, it’s a little bit strange. We hope you like its dance-craze connotations, but we won’t be offended if you refer to the new series as “the new I.V.” or some such. The Skydome will always be the Skydome.

There’s also a new host for the series. After five years of donating his time to booking guests, handling publicity and hosting the events, Alex Boyd has decided to pass the torch to a new, virtually unknown aspiring poet, one Carey Toane. What was he thinking? You’ll have to come out to the launch to find out. More on that soon.

For now, all that’s left to do is give thanks to Alex Boyd, who has been sharing all his magic tricks and supporting the transition to the new series, and to series founder Paul Vermeersch, without whom there would have been no I.V. Lounge Reading Series to reincarnate. The new series will stick to the format they established: three readers a night reading poetry or fiction, with a mix of established and emerging talents. I sincerely hope the new series will also inherit some of what Alex referred to as the “oasis” atmosphere of its predecessor – a place for people to share and listen to great writing and support the writers, poets, publishers and, oh yes, book-buying audience that make up our community. Looking forward to it.

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