Monthly Archives: January 2011

February 9: John Goldbach, Nick McArthur and Mike Spry

We continue the Montreal theme (begun January 26 with Larissa Andrusyshyn) with visiting writers John Goldbach and Mike Spry. Lest Pivot become a Habs-fest, we’ve rounded it out with local Nick McArthur. Come on down and be Nick’s backup.

OUR READERS

John Goldbach‘s writings have appeared in Hobart, Descant, Matrix, Green Mountains Review, the Globe and Mail, the Coming Envelope and the New Guard and he’s the author of Selected Blackouts, a collection of short stories. He lives in Montreal.

Nick McArthur is a Toronto-based editor, and the author of Short Accounts of Tragic Occurrences from DC Books. He is currently pursuing an MFA at the University of Guelph.

Mike Spry‘s work has appeared in Matrix, This Magazine, Geist, filling Station, and The Journey Prize Stories. His collection of poetry, JACK (Snare Books 2008), was shortlisted for the Quebec Writers’ Federation’s A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry. A collection of short fiction, Distillery Songs, is forthcoming in April from Insomniac Press.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring John Goldbach, Nick McArthur, and Mike Spry
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
8 p.m. at the Press Club
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC.

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January 26: Larissa Andrushysyn, Catherine Graham, and Zoe Whittall

A Mammoth walks into a bar, says he’s going to try to beat the record for Holding Still for as Long as Possible… no – Winterkill that. I’ll leave the jokes to the comediennes (likes Veronika Schwartz, who graces the Press Club bar on Pivot nights) and stick with just inviting you to come down to Pivot on the 26th to hear Larissa Andrushysyn, Catherine Graham, and Zoe Whittall.

Larissa Andrusyshyn recently completed a Master’s degree in creative writing at Concordia University where she represented the Stingers on the women’s rugby team. She was shortlisted for Arc magazine’s poem of the year in 2009. Her work has appeared in Versal, Headlight, CV2 and Rogue Stimulus (Mansfield Press). Larissa coordinates creative writing workshops for at-risk youth. Her first poetry collection Mammoth was released this spring by DC Books and was shortlisted for the QWF First Book prize. Her favorite color is green.

Catherine Graham is the author of Winterkill (Insomniac Press, 2010) The Red Element (Insomniac Press, 2008) Pupa (Insomniac Press, 2003) and The Watch (Abbey Press, 1998). Her poetry has appeared in literary journals in North America, the United Kingdom and Ireland and has been frequently anthologized. Graham earned an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University. She now lives and writes in Toronto, where she teaches creative writing and designs and delivers workshops on creativity for the business and academic community. She is Marketing Coordinator of the Rowers Pub Reading Series and Vice President of the non-profit organization Project Bookmark Canada.

Zoe Whittall was born in 1976 in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. She is the author of two literary novels – Holding Still For As Long As Possible (House of Anansi 2010) and Bottle Rocket Hearts (Cormorant 2007) which was named a Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year. She won the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Dayne Ogilvie Award in 2008, and was shortlisted for the 2010 ReLit Award. She is currently adapting both novels for screen. Her poetry books include The Best Ten Minutes of Your Life (McGill-Queens UP 2001) and The Emily Valentine Poems (Snare 2006) and Precordial Thump (Exile 2008). She edited the anthology Geeks, Misfits & Outlaws in 2003. She lives in Toronto, where she works as a journalist.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Larissa Andrusyshyn, Catherine Graham, and Zoe Whittall
Wednesday, January 26, 2010
The Press Club
850 Dundas Street West
PYWC
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January 12: Catherine Black, Claudia Dey and Melanie Janisse

Welcome back to work! How’s the hangover? We’ve got the cure for the post-holiday blues — amazing writing (and maybe a hair of that pesky dog). Come kick January in the face with us on January 12 when Catherine Black, Claudia Dey and Melanie Janisse grace the stage at Pivot.

Catherine Black has wandered her way back to Toronto where she was born and raised and now lives with her husband and son. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of writing at OCAD University. Black is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s M.F.A. writing program, and her poetry and fiction has appeared in various Canadian and American literary journals including The Fiddlehead, The Harpweaver, Scrivener Creative Review, Rhino, Preling and Palimpsest. Her first book of prose poetry, Lessons of Chaos and Disaster, was published as part of Guernica Editions’ First Poet Series in 2007. Her experimental memoir A Hard Gold Thread is forthcoming with Guernica Editions in fall 2011.

Claudia Dey is a novelist, playwright and columnist. She writes the weekly Coupling column for The Globe and Mail. She also wrote The Globe and Mail’s Group Therapy column and Toro magazine’s sex column under the pseudonym, Bebe O’Shea. Her plays have been produced internationally and include Beaver, Trout Stanley and The Gwendolyn Poems, which was nominated for the Governor General’s Award and the Trillium Award. Her debut novel, Stunt, was chosen by The Globe and Mail and Quill & Quire as Book of the Year and was shortlisted for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award. Her non-fiction follow-up, How to Be a Bush Pilot: A Field Guide to Getting Luckier is published by HarperCollins. Dey lives in Toronto.

Melanie Janisse‘s first collection of poetry is Orioles in the Oranges (Guernica, 2009). She holds degrees Communications from Concordia University and Visual Arts from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. Now a resident of Toronto, Melanie keeps active as a visual artist, poet, designer and shop owner.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Catherine Black, Claudia Dey and Melanie Janisse
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
8 PM
The Press Club
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC

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