Monthly Archives: November 2009

Dec 2: Lauren Kirshner, Bill Howell and Jeff Parker

Pivot begins the last month of ’09 with readings by Lauren Kirshner, Bill Howell and Jeff Parker. Come listen, be charmed and alarmed, leave with new autographed books for yourself and (!!) for those you love, a propos the impending holiday season.

Lauren Kirshner is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s M.A. program in English in the field of Creative Writing. Her fiction, poetry, and journalism have appeared in publications such as Exile, NOW, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, Chatelaine, and The Hart House Review. Her first novel Where We Have to Go is forthcoming in German and Dutch translation. In 2009, she was named “best emerging author” by Now Magazine.

One of the original ‘Storm Warning’ poets, Bill Howell is now at the height of an award-winning literary career spanning four decades. He has published four poetry collections, including Porcupine Archery earlier this year with Insomniac Press, as well as a recent chapbook, Ghost Test Flights. His writing has appeared in literary journals and magazines across the country, in the United Kingdom, and in the United States. Bill was a network producer-director for CBC Radio Drama for almost three decades; his plays have garnered multiple ACTRA and international awards. He lives in Toronto.

Jeff Parker is the author of the novel Ovenman and the story collection The Taste of Penny. He’s co-edited two collections of contemporary Russian writing: Amerika: Russian Writers View the United States and Rasskazy: New Fiction from a New Russia. He is currently the Acting Director of the MA in field of Creative Writing at the University of Toronto.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009
8 p.m. at the Press Club
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC.

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Nov. 18: Amy Jones, Alexandra Leggat and Priscila Uppal

Come Pivot with us November 18 – and by “us” I mean Metcalf-Rooke winner Amy Jones, Alexandra Leggat and Priscila Uppal. Natch.

Originally from Halifax, Amy Jones is a graduate of the Optional Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at UBC. Her short fiction has appeared or in several Canadian publications, including The New Quarterly, Grain, Prairie Fire, Event, The Antigonish Review, maisonneuve, and 08: Best Canadian Stories. In 2006, she was the winner of the CBC Literary Award for Short Story in English. Her first short fiction collection, What Boys Like, is the winner of the 2008-2009 Metcalf-Rooke Award and was published by Biblioasis in September, 2009. Amy currently lives in Toronto.

Alexandra Leggat is the author of the short story collections Animal (Anvil Press, 2009), Meet Me in the Parking Lot (Insomniac Press 2004), Pull Gently, Tear Here (Insomniac Press, 2001) which was nominated for the Danuta Gleed First Fiction Award and a collection of poetry entitled This is me since yesterday (Coach House Books, 2000) She is a graduate of Ryerson University’s Journalism program. Her articles and reviews have appeared in Toro, Shift, The Globe and Mail and Niagara Life Magazine and her poetry and fiction has been published in journals across the U.S., Canada and the U.K. She teaches creative writing classes at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies.

Priscila Uppal is a Toronto poet, fiction and non-fiction writer, and academic born in Ottawa in 1974. Among her publications are five collections of poetry: How to Draw Blood From a Stone (1998), Confessions of a Fertility Expert (1999), Pretending to Die (2001), Live Coverage (2003) and Ontological Necessities (2006); all with Exile Editions; the critically-acclaimed novels The Divine Economy of Salvation (2002) and To Whom It May Concern (2009); both with Doubleday Canada; and the academic study, We Are What We Mourn: The Contemporary English-Canadian Elegy (2009) with McGill-Queen’s University Press. Her work has been published internationally and has been translated into Croatian, Dutch, Greek, Korean, Latvian, and Italian. Ontological Necessities was shortlisted for the prestigious $50,000 Griffin Prize for Excellence in Poetry. She has an MA (University of Toronto) and a PhD in English Literature (York University) and is a professor of English at York University in Toronto. Forthcoming in 2009, as editor, are the books The Exile Book of Poetry in Translation: Twenty Canadian Poets Take On the World, and The Exile Book of Sports Stories. Forthcoming in 2010 are a selected poetry collection, Successful Tragedies, from Bloodaxe Books (U.K.), and a new poetry collection, Traumatology, from Exile Editions. She is an active participant in several arts committees and organizations, and is on the Board of Directors at the Toronto Arts Council. For more information please visit priscilauppal.ca

Wednesday, November 18, 2009
8 p.m. at the Press Club
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC.

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