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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