Monthly Archives: June 2011

July 6: Pivot Wrecks Scream, Starting with its Artistic Directors

The Scream asked the Toronto literary community to wreck its brand for its final festival. Pivot is leading the charge of destruction, starting with its Artistic Directors past and present. Come for a very special post-season Pivot on July 6 (one week after our last official reading of the year) to hear from Peter McPhee, Matthew Remski, and Bill Kennedy as we hurrah the Scream for the very last time.

Pivot Wrecks Scream
With Bill Kennedy, Peter McPhee, and Matthew Remski
Wednesday, July 6
8 PM
The Press Club
850 Dundas Street West
PYWC.
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June 29: Phoebe Tsang, Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang, and Jessica Westhead

It’s the last official event of the Pivot year, and it’s set to be a hot one. Our featured writers all wear at least two hats. That’s right. Two. Get your own two feet down to Dundas Street for readings from poet and librettist Phoebe Tsang, poet and children’s author Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang, and fictioneer and current Open Book Toronto Writer-in-Residence Jessica Westhead. (And keep your eyes on our Facebook group, Twitter and right here on pivotreadings.ca for news of a very special post-season, pre-Scream Pivot!)

Phoebe Tsang was born in Hong Kong, and grew up in England. The author of Contents of a Mermaid’s Purse (Tightrope Books, 2009), her dual career as a violinist and poet has led directly to her work as a librettist, and to poetry commissions from orchestras and other concert organizations. Phoebe holds a BSc in Architecture from the UK’s  Bartlett School of Architecture. As a librettist, Phoebe is currently working with composer Erik Ross. Their upcoming operetta, A Chinese Fox Story, was commissioned by the Canadian Sinfonietta, and will be premiered in January 2012. Phoebe’s poem-cycle, Prima Donna, set to music by composer Abigail Richardson, was premiered in November 2011 by Trio Desiree. In February 2010, Phoebe was commissioned by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra to write her poem-cycle Passion Dance, inspired by the music of Osvaldo Golijov. Visit her home on the web at www.phoebetsang.com.

Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang is the author of Sweet Devilry (Oolichan Books), and Flock of Shoes (Annick Press). She has two new books forthcoming with Annick Press, The Dog Doesn’t Eat Jam and a non-fiction book for kids on ancient China. Her work has been internationally sold and translated. She has published poetry and fiction extensively in journals such as CV2, The New Quarterly, Vallum Magazine, and The Antigonish Review.  She is currently completing UBC’s MFA program and graduated from the Humber School of Writing with a letter of distinction. Yi-Mei currently teaches poetry, fiction, and children’s writing for UBC’s Booming Ground program.

Jessica Westhead is a Toronto writer and freelance editor. Her fiction has appeared in literary magazines such as Joyland, Matrix, Geist, The New Quarterly, The Antigonish Review, and Indiana Review. She also stapled together poetry winner, a zine exposé of the nefarious National Library of Poetry (AKA www.poetry.com). Her short story chapbook, Those Girls, was published by Greenboathouse Books in 2006, and her first novel, Pulpy & Midge, was published by Coach House Books in 2007. She was shortlisted for the 2009 CBC Literary Awards. Her short story collection, And Also Sharks, was published by Cormorant Books in spring 2011.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Phoebe Tsang, Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang, and Jessica Westhead
Wednesday, June 29
The Press Club
850 Dundas Street West
8 PM
PYWC

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June 15: Adebe D.A., Julia McCarthy, and Gillian Savigny

We’re very pleased to present three fine writers on June 15. They’re all women, they’re all poets, we’re all excited. Come down to the Press Club for the antepenultimate Pivot before our summer break for readings from Adebe D.A, visiting poet Julia McCarthy, and Gillian Savigny.

Adebe D.A. is a writer whose words travel between Toronto and New York.  She recently completed her MA at York University, where she also served as Assistant Editor for the arts and literary journal, Existere.  Her debut poetry collection, Ex Nihilo (Frontenac House, 2010) was longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, the world’s largest prize for writers under 30.

Julia McCarthy is originally from Toronto. She spent ten years living in the United States, most notably Alaska and Georgia. She has also lived in Norway and spent significant time in South Africa. She is the author of the poetry collections Stormthrower (Wolask and Wynn, 2002) and Return from Erebus (Brick, 2010).  She now resides in Nova Scotia where she works as a freelance writer and editor.

Gillian Savigny is from Vancouver, British Columbia. She recently completed a graduate degree in creative writing at Concordia University and is currently at work on a poetry manuscript entitled Notebook M. In 2006, Gillian won second prize in The Antigonish Review’s Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest. She has served as Managing Editor for Matrix, reviewed for The Montreal Review of Books, and she now lives in Toronto where she works for SickKids Foundation and curates the Strong Words Reading Series.
Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Adebe D.A, Julie McCarthy, and Gillian Savigny
Wednesday, June 15
8 PM
The Press Club
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC

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