Monthly Archives: July 2009

August 12: Jacqueline Larson, Mark Sampson and Sarah Selecky

Pivot returns to regularly scheduled biweekly programming as of August 12. And to celebrate, we’re offering up the literary delights of three exciting readers: Jacqueline Larson, Mark Sampson and Sarah Selecky. Feast your eyes on their bios:

Though she lives in Toronto now, Jacqueline Larson was born in and formed by Alberta. She received her MA (English) from SFU where she also worked as managing editor of West Coast Line. Her work has been published in a number of journals and shortlisted for the National Magazine award and Hart House Review poetry prize. Salt Physic, her first book, was published recently by Pedlar Press.

Mark Sampson has published one novel, entitled Off Book, which came out with Norwood Publishing of Halifax in the fall of 2007. He has also published short stories and poems in literary journals and anthologies around Canada, including Pottersfield Portfolio, paperplates, The Frequent & Vigorous Quarterly, Inscribed and Lunch: My Favourite Season. Originally from the Maritimes, Mark now lives and writes in Toronto, where he is working on a novel set in South Korea.

Sarah Selecky’s stories have been published in The Sun, Geist Magazine, Prairie Fire, The New Quarterly, Event and The Journey Prize Anthology. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia and has been teaching creative writing workshops in her living room for the past eight years. Her short story collection, This Cake is for the Party, will be released by Thomas Allen Publishers in Spring 2010. Find more about Sarah here.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009
8 p.m. at the Press Club
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC.

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July 15: Pivot with Philip Quinn, Angela Szczepaniak and Gillian Sze

How did this happen? So many SZ combinations have never descended upon Pivot in one evening! Please join us July 15 for poetry from Philip Quinn and Gillian Sze and fiction that reads like poetry from Angela Szczepaniak. Prizes will be awarded to those who can pronounce all three names in quick succession without stumbling.

Philip Quinn’s work has appeared in sub-Terrain, blood+aphorisms, White Wall Review, Front&Centre, Kiss Machine, Lichen journal, Broken Pencil, Snow Monkey and Anemone Sidecar. On-line appearances include: Laura Hird’s Showcase (www.laurahird.com), eli mae (www.elimae.com) The Shore Magazine (www.theshoremag.com) and Danforth Review (www.danforthreview.com). Jay Millar’s BookThug press published Quinn’s first collection of poetry, The SubWay, in November 2008. Sample poems can be found online at: http://www.philipquinn.ca. Books include: Dis Location, Stories After the Flood and The Double, a novel, published by Gutter Press. Upcoming: The Skeleton Dance, a novel, (Anvil Press) fall of 2009. Mr. Quinn lives in Toronto.

A doctoral candidate at the University at Buffalo, Angela Szczepaniak is neck-deep in a dissertation on innovative poetry, detective fiction, and comic books. Her first book is a novel-in-poems, called Unisex Love Poems. In addition to publishing poetry and critical essays, she recently participated in a hygiene themed poetry-art project with LOCCAL, and as a result her visual poetry can be found on placards in some of the finest public restrooms in Seattle. At the moment, she lives in Toronto, where she thinks about being ravaged by time’s withered claw.

Gillian Sze is a native of Winnipeg, Manitoba. She studied in Montreal where she earned an MA in creative writing at Concordia University in 2008. Her thesis, a collection of poems based on visual art from a range of cultures, is the basis of her newly released book, Fish Bones, published by DC Books. Gilliansze.com

Wednesday, July 15, 2009
8 p.m. at the Press Club
850 Dundas Street West
Hosted by Carey Toane
PWYC.

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Pivot alternative: Dennis Lee

I hope you’re all familiar by now with the amazing lineup of events at this year’s Scream Literary Festival – but just in case, here are a few of my picks (which, full disclosure, I will be participating in in some fashion or another…):

Chapters 11: The Bankruptcy Walking Tour

Yes, yours truly will be leading a group of mourners around the Annex this Saturday, July 4 to peel off the bakery and men’s clothing store facades of various businesses to reveal the dearly departed independent bookstores which once operated underneath. If you’re curious, grab your black umbrella and meet us at the Victory Cafe at 1. p.m.

If Hope Disorders Words: Dennis Lee Reprised – The Book-Length Reading

The annual book-length dinner is – strike allowing – happening in the atrium of the Toronto Archives on Friday July 10, featuring Dennis Lee reading from Civil Elegies, as well as Un and Yes/No. Not to be missed. Get your tickets for the dinner ($40 – yum) or just for the reading ($15) online at the link above or at any Type Books location before this Sunday – they’re going fast! I’ll save you a seat at my table 🙂

And of course there’s a ton of other stuff going on for just about any literary palate, so check out the schedule (if you haven’t already) or the Facebook group, natch.

Thanks,
Carey

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