Monthly Archives: May 2010

June 2: Angela Hibbs, Dave Miller and Jim Smith

It’s my first Pivot posting and soon to be my first night hosting… gulp! Carey’s left some might fancy shoes to fill. I’ll try to not bring the series to a firey doom.

Angela Hibbs‘s second collection of poetry, Wanton, came out with Insomniac Press in the fall. Her work has been translated into Russian and French. Her first collection, Passport was long listed for the re-lit award. She was the winner of the 2001 Starchie Award, was shortlisted for the Irving Layton award and holds a MA creative writing from Concordia University. She recently received an SLS fellowship.

Dave Miller has studied at Mount Allison University, the University of Victoria and is currently completing this MFA at the University of Guelph. He has had work published in various magazines and journals across Canada including The Malahat Review and The Fiddlehead, and a story of his recently appeared in the Dinosaur Porn anthology (Ferno House and the Emergency Response Unit). A teacher at Humber College and the creator of The Derby Nerd (a roller derby blog), Dave has lived and traveled from coast to coast to coast but is feeling quite comfortable in Toronto.

Jim Smith is the author of fourteen books and chapbooks published between 1979 and 2010, including One Hundred Most Frightening Things (blewointmentpress, 1985), Convincing Americans (Proper Tales Press, 1986), The Schwarzenegger Poems (Surrealist Poets Gardening Association, 1988), Translating Sleep (Wolsak & Wynn, 1989), Leonel/Roque (Coteau Books, 1998) and his newest book, Back Off, Assassin! New and Selected Poems, just published by Mansfield Press in November, 2009.  Back Off, Assassin was listed as number 7 in Heather Reisman’s first-ever Chapters/Indigo Top Ten List of Poetry Books for National Poetry Month.  He is the only Canadian lawyer EVER to have published a New and Selected Poems.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010
8 p.m. at the Press Club
850 Dundas Street West
Hosted by Sachiko Murakami
PWYC ($5 suggested)

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Introducing new host Sachiko Murakami!

As of June 1, Sachiko Murakami will be taking over organizing, booking and hosting Pivot at the Press Club, as Carey Toane continues on to other adventures south of the border.

Those of you who had the opportunity to hear Sachiko read at Pivot in May will know that she is a talented writer, a seasoned reading host in her own right – and a downright quality person.

A bit more about Sachiko:

Sachiko Murakami’s first collection of poetry, The Invisibility Exhibit (Talonbooks 2008), was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Poetry and the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. She has been a literary worker for numerous journals and organizations, run reading series in Vancouver and Montreal, and is a past member of the Kootenay School of Writing collective. Her second poetry collection is forthcoming with Talonbooks.

Thanks for nearly two years of good literary fun.

Love,

Carey

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May 19: Jeff Latosik, Sachiko Murakami and Souvankham Thammavongsa

Please join us May 19 for three phenomenally talented young poets, and out-going host Carey Toane’s last time at the mic. Who will replace her? Who will you meet? Who will dance on the bar? You have to show up to find out.

Jeff Latosik’s award-winning poems have appeared in magazines and journals across the country. He won the P.K. Page Founders Award from The Malahat Review in 2007, placed first in THIS Magazine’s Great Literary Hunt in 2008, and was a finalist for the Bronwen Wallace Award for 2008. He teaches at Humber College in Toronto. His first book, Tiny, Frantic, Stronger, is published this spring by Insomniac Press.

Sachiko Murakami’s first collection of poetry, The Invisibility Exhibit (Talonbooks 2008), was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Poetry and the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. She has been a literary worker for numerous journals and organizations, run reading series in Vancouver and Montreal, and is a past member of the Kootenay School of Writing collective. Her second poetry collection is forthcoming with Talonbooks.

Souvankham Thammavongsa is the author of two poetry books from Pedlar Press, Small Arguments and Found. In 2004, Small Arguments won the ReLit award and the Canadian Author’s Association award for a writer under 30. In 2009, Found, based on a scrapbook that belonged to her father when they were living in a refugee camp in Thailand, was made into a short film. It screened in Germany, Finland, Sweden, Los Angeles, and at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010
8 p.m. at the Press Club
850 Dundas Street West
Hosted by Carey Toane
PWYC ($5 suggested)

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