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

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


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