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