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


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