Monthly Archives: March 2011

April 6: Devon Code, Larissa Lai, and Shannon Maguire

So, we spruced the place up a bit. We’re now on Twitter (@pivotreadings), so follow us for tasty bits and bites about our feature readers. We also have a shiny new homepage complete with the easy-to-remember address pivotreadings.ca. Team Pivot, moving on up in the world!

It’s another strong mix of forward-thinking writing on April 6, with Journey Prize-winning fiction writer Devon Code, the playwright-turned-poet Shannon Maguire, and triple threat (poet, novelist, and critic) Larissa Lai. A night not to be in-a-mist!

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Devon Code is originally from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. In A Mist, his collection of short fiction, was selected by the Globe and Mail as a notable debut in 2008. In 2010, he won the Journey Prize for his story, “Uncle Oscar.” He lives in Toronto and teaches at Seneca College.

Larissa Lai is an Assistant Professor in Canadian Literature at the University of British Columbia, and is currently writer-in-residence at the University of Guelph. Her first novel, When Fox Is a Thousand (Press Gang 1995) was shortlisted for the Books in Canada First Novel Award. Her second novel, Salt Fish Girl (Thomas Allen Publishers 2002) was shortlisted for the Sunburst Award, the Tiptree Award and the City of Calgary W. O. Mitchell Award. In 2009, she published a book-length collaborative long poem with Rita Wong called sybil unrest (Line Books). That year she also published a chapbook called Eggs in the Basement (Nomados), which was shortlisted for the bp nichol Poetry Award, and her first full-length solo poetry book Automaton Biographies (Arsenal Pulp), which was shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Award. She has recently sent her critical book Slanting “I”, Imagining “We”: Asian Canadian Formations, Relations and Strategies in the 80s and 90s to a Canadian academic press.

Shannon Maguire is a Northern Ontario grrrl who has long made Toronto home. She co-cultivates AvantGarden, a new reading series which foregrounds innovative text and sound based performance by women. She is currently finishing her MFA in Creative Writing through the University of Guelph. Her poetry and work for theatre has appeared in various places including: Nightwood Theatre’s 4×4 Off Road Festival and Write-From-The-Hip, Gulch: An Assemblage of Poetry and Prose (Tightrope, 2009) and Ditch Magazine and is forthcoming in CV2 and online in EOAGH: A Journal Of The Arts. She won the FuitLupz Award (Supporting Our Youth) for emerging queer playwright in 1999.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Devon Code, Larissa Lai, and Shannon Maguire
Wednesday, April 6
8 PM
The Press Club
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC.

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March 23: Ruth Roach Pierson, Patria Rivera, and Rob Winger

Poetry! Get your poetry here! On Wednesday, March 23, Pivot continues its recent theme of All Poetry! All The Time! with Ruth Roach Pierson, Patria Rivera, and Rob Winger.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Ruth Roach Pierson, Patria Rivera, and Rob Winger
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
The Press Club
850 Dundas Street West
8 PM
PWYC

Ruth Roach Pierson is the author of Aide-Mémoire (Busheck 2007), a finalist for the 2008 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry, andWhere No Window Was (Busheck 2002). Professor emerita of OISE/UT, she is the author, co-author, and co-editor of numerous academic works. Contrary (Tightrope 2011), is her third book of poems.

Patria Rivera’s first poetry collection, Puti/White (Frontenac 2005), was shortlisted for the 2006 Trillium Book Award for Poetry. She has also published The Bride Anthology (Frontenac 2007) and co-authored Weathering: An Exchange of Poems. Her poetry is featured in Oxford University Press’s Perspectives in Ideology, and in Elana Wolff’s Implicate me: Short Essays on Reading Contemporary Poems. She has received fellowships from the Writers’ Union of Canada, the Banff Centre for the Arts, and the Hawthornden Castle International Writers’ Retreat Centre in Scotland. Rivera’s latest poetry collection is Be (Signature 2011).

Rob Winger grew up in small-town Ontario and recently moved to the Toronto area after seven years in Ottawa. His first book, Muybridge’s Horse (Nightwood 2007), was named a Globe and Mail Best Book, and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award, Ottawa Book Award and Trillium Book Award for Poetry. An active editor and teacher, Rob recently completed a PhD in literature and cultural studies in Ottawa. His second collection of poetry is The Chimney Stone (2010).

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