Monthly Archives: April 2011

May 4: Linda Besner, rob mclennan, Jacob McArthur Mooney

Do you love hellos? Hate goodbyes? Or is it the other way around? We’ve got a smattering of salutations and a bit of see-ya-latering to do around these Pivot parts. Come say hello to Linda Besner and her new poetry collection, The Id Kid. Sidle up to visiting poet rob mclennan at the bar and inquire, “how you doin’?” And while we get to shake hands enthusiastically with Jacob McArthur Mooney’s new collection, Folk, we must also tearfully wave farewell as he departs for the Yukon imminently. And maybe, just maybe, we will be able to send him off properly on the Press Club patio (if spring ever says a proper hello). Goodbye, sadness! Hello, PIVOT!

Linda Besner is originally from Wakefield, Quebec. Her poetry and reviews have appeared in The Malahat Review, Grain, Maisonneuve, the Walrus, and Canadian Notes and Queries, among others. She works as a freelance radio producer, and has contributed to CBC’s Definitely Not the Opera, Outfront, and The Next Chapter. Her first collection of poetry, The Id Kid, was published by Signal Editions in April 2011.

rob mclennan currently lives in Ottawa. The author of more than twenty trade books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, his most recent titles are the poetry collections Glengarry (Talonbooks, 2011), kate street (Moira, 2011), 52 flowers (or, a perth edge) (Obvious Epiphanies, 2010) and wild horses (2010), and a second novel, missing persons (2009). An editor and publisher, he runs above/ground press, Chaudiere Books (with Jennifer Mulligan), The Garneau Review (ottwater.com/garneaureview), seventeen seconds: a journal of poetry and poetics (ottawater.com/seventeenseconds) and the Ottawa poetry pdf annual ottawater (ottawater.com). He spent the 2007-8 academic year in Edmonton as writer-in-residence at the University of Alberta, and regularly posts reviews, essays, interviews and other notices at robmclennan.blogspot.com

Jacob McArthur Mooney is the author of The New Layman’s Almanac (M&S, 2008) and now Folk (M&S, 2011). He lives in Toronto and maintains the poetry blog Vox Populism.  Recent creative and critical work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire, CNQ, Lemon Hound, and The National Post. He’s moving to the Yukon next month.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Linda Besner, rob mclennan, and Jacob McArthur Mooney
Wednesday, May 4
8 PM
The Press Club
850 Dundas Street West
PYWC.

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April 20: Jonathan Bennett, Camille Martin and Paul Vermeersch

Yes, it’s National Poetry Month, and Pivot has three delicious, mouth-watering poets for you on the 20th: Camille Martin, Jonathan Bennett, and Paul Vermeersch. Come eat them up at the Press Club. You bring the napkins, we’ll bring the special sauce. Nom nom nom mmmmpoetry!

Camille Martin, a Toronto poet and collage artist, is the author of Sonnets (Shearsman Books, 2010) and Codes of Public Sleep (Book Thug, 2007).  Her work has been widely and internationally published in journals and translated into Spanish and German. Her works in progress are “Looms,” a collection of layered narratives, and “The Evangeline Papers,” a poetic sequence based on her Cajun/Acadian heritage.

Jonathan Bennett‘s new book of poems is Civil and Civic (ECW Press 2011.) He is the author of four other books, including the novels Entitlement and After Battersea Park, a book of poetry, Here is my street, this tree I planted, and a collection of short stories, Verandah People, which was runner up for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award. He is a winner of the K.M. Hunter Artists’ Award in Literature. Born in Vancouver, raised in Sydney, Australia, Jonathan lives in the village of Keene, Ontario.

Paul Vermeersch is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently The Reinvention of the Human Hand (M&S, 2010), and the editor of The Al Purdy A-frame Anthology (Harbour, 2009). Right now he is completing his MFA in creative writing with the University of Guelph while teaching at Sheridan College and working as the poetry editor for Insomniac Press. He lives in Toronto.

 

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Jonathan Bennett, Camille Martin and Paul Vermeersch
Wednesday, April 20
8 PM
The Press Club
850 Dundas Street West
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