Monthly Archives: February 2009

March 11: Michael Fraser, Melissa Major and Michael Mirolla

March is the month of ems at Pivot, as we kick it off with three mmmarvelous readers:

Michael Fraser is a high school teacher, poet, and writer. He has been published in numerous journals such as Literary Review of Canada, The Paris Atlantic, and Caribbean Writer. He won the 2005 Toronto Star “Poem About Toronto” contest. His manuscript, The Serenity of Stone, won the 2007 Canadian Aid Literary Award and was published in 2008 by Bookland Press. He is the creator and director of the Plasticine Poetry Series.

Born in Italy, Michael Mirolla is a novelist, short story writer, poet and playwright who splits his time between Toronto and Montreal. Publications include two novels—Berlin and The Boarder,  two short story collections—The Formal Logic of Emotion and Hothouse Loves & Other Tales, and a bilingual Italian-English poetry collection, Interstellar Distances/Distanze Interstellari. His story, “A Theory of Discontinuous Existence,” was selected for The Journey Prize Anthology, while another story, “The Sand Flea,” was nominated for The Pushcart Prize. His prose and poetry has appeared in journals and anthologies in Canada, the U.S. and Britain, including Event’s Peace & War Anthology, Telling Differences: New English Fiction from Quebec, Tesseracts 2: Canadian Science Fiction, the Collection of Italian-Canadian Fiction, and New Wave of Speculative Fiction Book 1.

Melissa Major is a poet, playwright, director and performer. Her writing has been published in the CanPlay, Sydney Law Society Journal, International Psychogeriatrics and Open Book Toronto. She has worked on almost forty stage productions and her own scripts have been produced in Canada, USA and Asia. She is currently completing an MFA in Creative Writing at University of Guelph here in Toronto.

Hosted by Carey Toane
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
8 p.m. at the Press Club,
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC.

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Feb. 25: Pivot with Phlip Arima, Lisa Fiorindi and Adam Getty

Pivot is back Feb 25 with a great mix of fiction and poetry:

Phlip Arima has worked in the arts for more than 25 years. He has collaborated with visual artists, dancers and musicians; self-produced an audio CD; and had his poetry videos aired on national television. His is a former Artistic Director of the Art Bar Poetry Series and was co-organizer of The Basement reading series as well as one of the rotating hosts for the Syntactic Sundays series. Phlip’s third book of poetry, Breathe Now, was published in the spring of 2008 and a stage adaptation of his short story collection, Broken Accidents, will be staged in the fall of 2009. Samples of his work can be read at http://www.phliparima.com.

Lisa Fiorindi grew up in Windsor, Ontario where she completed her MA in English and Creative Writing. She recently completed her PhD in Comparative Literature and Women and Gender Studies, UofT, and has worked as Creative Writing editor for TransVerse: A Comparative Studies Journal. Her writing can be found in the anthology Re:Generations: Canadian Women Poets in Conversation (Black Moss 2005), in the Pocket Canon Series (Misprints Press) and on ditch, the poetry that matters. She is a mother of two.

Adam Getty’s first collection, Reconciliation, received the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and the Hamilton Literary Award for Poetry, and was shortlisted for the Trillium Poetry Award. His writing has been included in Breathing Fire 2: Canada’s New Poets, and his more recent poetry collection, Repose was published in 2008. Adam has worked in a number of different industrial occupations and his experiences resonate throughout his poetry. He currently lives in Hamilton. Ontario.

Hosted by Carey Toane
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
8 p.m. at the Press Club,
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC.

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