Monthly Archives: February 2011

March 9 – Margaret Christakos, Adam Seelig, Mark Truscott

Look out, language! Three poets pushing the aesthetic envelope take the Press Club stage on the 9th of March – Margaret Christakos, Adam Seelig, and Mark Truscott. It’s going to be a fantastic night of spillage, silence, and (slow) (s)welling.

OUR READERS

Margaret Christakos grew up “with hills, rock, lakes and short cuts” in Sudbury, Ontario, where winter was winter and summer was a fresh water lake called Ramsey. She is the award-winning author of seven acclaimed poetry collections and a novel, Charisma, shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award. She teaches creative writing and runs Influency: A Toronto Poetry Salon at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. Her most recent collections are Welling (Your Scrivener Press 2010), What Stirs (Coach House 2008) and Sooner (Coach House 2005), which was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Award.

Adam Seelig is the author of Every Day in the Morning (slow) (New Star Books 2010) and Talking Masks (BookThug 2009). Seelig is a poet, playwright, stage director, and the founder of One Little Goat Theatre Company in Toronto, with which he has premiered works by Yehuda Amichai, Thomas Bernhard, Jon Fosse and himself.

Mark Truscott is the author of Said Like Reeds or Things (Coach House 2004), Nature (BookThug 2010), and a forthcoming prose chapbook.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Margaret Christakos, Adam Seelig, and Mark Truscott
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
8 PM
The Press Club
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC
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Februrary 23: Jon Paul Fiorentino, Pearl Pirie and Carolyn Smart

Three out-of-towners grace the Press Club stage on the 23rd: Pearl Pirie of Ottawa, Carolyn Smart of Kingston, and Jon Paul Fiorentino of Montreal. Let’s show them the big Toronto love!

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Jon Paul Fiorentino, Pearl Pirie and Carolyn Smart
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
8 p.m. at the Press Club
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC.

OUR READERS

Jon Paul Fiorentino is a writer and editor. His first novel is Stripmalling (ECW, 2009) which was shortlisted for the 2009 Hugh MacLennan Award for Fiction. His most recent book of poetry is Indexical Elegies (Coach House Books, 2010). He is the author of the poetry books The Theory of the Loser Class (Coach House Books, 2006) which was shortlisted for the 2006 A.M. Klein Award for Poetry and Hello Serotonin (Coach House Books, 2004) and the humour book Asthmatica (Insomniac Press, 2005). His most recent editorial projects are the anthologies Career Suicide! Contemporary Literary Humour (DC Books, 2003) and Post-Prairie – a collaborative effort with Robert Kroetsch, (Talonbooks, 2005). He lives in Montreal where he is the Editor of Matrix magazine and Snare Books.

Pearl Pirie writes from Ottawa. Her collection been shed bore (Chaudiere Books, 2010) (www.beenshedbore.com) chapbooks include over and chapbooks, my dead corpus (AngelHouse, 2010) and boathouse (above/ground, 2008) are in tree-print. She blogs at pesbo, Humanyms, and a few other places. Poems have appeared thru dandelion, ditch, Dusie, This Magazine, PRECIPICe, 1cent, Ottawater, unarmed, Peter F Yacht Club, pooka press and gar.

Carolyn Smart‘s fifth collection of poems, Hooked – Seven Poems, was published in 2009 by Brick Books. An excerpt from her memoir At the End of the Day (Penumbra Press, 2001) won first prize in the 1993 CBC Literary Contest. She is the founder of the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers, and since 1989 she has taught Creative Writing and Contemporary Canadian Poetry at Queen’s University.

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