Monthly Archives: September 2009

Pivot one-year anniversary: Babstock, Schultz, Strimas and Gordon

We’ve made it this far: Pivot is officially a year old on October 15, but we’re celebrating at the October 7 event with four readers for the price of one! Poets Ken Babstock and Meaghan Strimas will be joined by prose stylists Emily Schultz and Spencer Gordon. Arrive early and plan to stay late – it’s a party, after all.

Ken Babstock is the author, most recently, of Airstream Land Yacht (Anansi, 2006) winner of The Trillium Prize for Poetry, finalist for the Governor General’s Award, The Griffin Prize for Poetry, and The Winterset Award. Earlier collections include Mean, winner of The Atlantic Poetry Prize and The Milton Acorn Award, and Days into Flatspin, winner of a K.M. Hunter Award and finalist for the Winterset Prize. All three books were listed in the Globe and Mail‘s Books of the Year. His poems have won Gold at the National Magazine Awards, appeared widely in anthologies in Canada, the US, and Ireland, and have been translated into French, German, Dutch, Serbo-Croatian and Czech.

Spencer Gordon is a grad student at the U of T. His fiction chapbook, coming out in October, is called Lonely Planet and Other Stories (Ferno House 2009). His writing has appeared in periodicals like Broken Pencil, The Danforth Review, echolocation, zaum, Bywords Quarterly Journal, The Puritan, and The Frequent and Vigorous Quarterly, and in anthologies like experiment-o (AngelHousePress 2008), Departures (above/ground 2008), Gulch: An Assemblage of Poetry and Prose (Tightrope Books 2009), and For Crying Out Loud: An Anthology of Poetry & Fiction (Ferno House 2009). Upcoming projects include the extremely serious anthology Dinosaur Porn (Emergency Response Unit/Ferno House 2009). He was the co-editor/creator of The Puritan and he’s currently the editor of Ferno House (fernohouse.com). He blogs at dangerousliterature.blogspot.com, and operates in the third person. QED.

Emily Schultz recently published the novel Heaven Is Small with House of Anansi Press. Her debut poetry collection, Songs for the Dancing Chicken (ECW Press), was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. She co-founded and helps run the short fiction hub, Joyland.ca.

Meaghan Strimas was born in Chatham, ON, and raised in Owen Sound, ON. She is the author of one book of poems, Junkman’s Daughter, and her second poetry collection, A Good Time Had By All, will publish in Fall 2010. She is also the editor of The Selected Gwendolyn MacEwen. She lives in Toronto with her cat, Bates.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009
8 p.m. at the Press Club
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC.

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Sept. 23: Tonja Gunvaldsen Klaassen, Ted Nolan and Carmine Starnino

Pivot welcomes two out-of-town guests for the September 23 event – Halifax’s Tonja Gunvaldsen Klaassen and Montreal’s Carmine Starnino – both of whom have new books of poetry out on Gaspereau Press this year. We’re also pleased to introduce many of you to Ted Nolan, an exciting, new, as-of-yet-unpublished poet. Same time, same place: hope to see you there!

Tonja Gunvaldsen Klaassen was born in Saskatoon. Her first collection, Clay Birds, won the Saskatchewan Book Award for Poetry in 1996. Her second collection, Őr, was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Award in 2004. Her latest book is Lean-To. Gunvaldsen Klaassen lives in Halifax.

Ted Nolan is an American living in Toronto. He is the author of Still, an unpublished poetry manuscript, and recently received a Masters Degree in the field of Creative Writing from the University of Toronto.

Carmine Starnino is a poet, essayist, critic and the editor of Signal Editions, the poetry imprint at Véhicule Press. His collection With English Subtitles (GP, 2004) won the A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry and the 2006 Bressani Prize. His new book is This Way Out. Starnino lives in Montreal.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009
8 p.m. at the Press Club
850 Dundas Street West
Hosted by Carey Toane
PWYC.

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