May 18: Maureen Hynes, Stan Rogal, and Matthew J. Trafford

If April is the cruelest month, what is May? The most frustrating? The promise of summer, the lingering chill. (How would The Wasteland be different if Eliot were a Torontonian? Discuss.)

Ahem. Rough winds may keep shaking our darling buds, but that won’t stop Pivot. We’re a hardy folk. Some of us even made it out onto the Press Club patio last Wednesday… Join us on the 18th as we welcome the cool poetic breezes of Maureen Hynes, Stan Rogel, and that warm, lingering glow of fiction, Matthew J. Trafford. We’ll brave, or bask, but we’ll do it together.

Maureen Hynes is a past winner of the Gerald Lampert Award and the Petra Kenney Poetry Award (London, England). Her poetry was shortlisted for the 2007 CBC Literary Awards and has been selected for Best Canadian Poetry 2010. She has published two books of poetry, Harm’s Way (Brick Books) and Rough Skin (Wolsak & Wynn), and her third collection, Marrow, Willow, is forthcoming from Pedlar Press. She is poetry editor for Our Times magazine.

Stan Rogal is the author of 15 books: three novels, three short story and nine poetry collections. He is active in the alternative theatre scene and has had plays produced variously across Canada. A fourth novel, Bloodline, will appear with Insomniac Press in spring 2012.  Tonight he reads from his recent Selected Works of poetry, also from Insomniac Press, Dance, Monster.

Matthew J. Trafford’s is the author of The Divinity Gene: Stories. His fiction has appeared in The Malahat Review and Matrix and has been anthologized in I.V. Lounge Nights and Darwin’s Bastards: Astounding Tales from Tomorrow. He has won the Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction and an honourable mention at the National Magazine Awards and has twice been shortlisted for the CBC Literary Prize. He lives in Toronto, where he works with Deaf college students.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Maureen Hynes, Stan Rogal, and Matthew J. Trafford
Wednesday, May 18
The Press Club
850 Dundas Street West


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