Monthly Archives: October 2011

November 2: Gary Barwin, Nancy Jo Cullen and Holly Luhning

Here comes Pivot! We’ve got more multitalented folk coming your way – Barwin, Cullen and Luhning refuse to be tied down to just one genre. What will you hear from each – fiction? Poetry? Prose poems? Poetic prose? You’ll have to get down to the Press Club to find out.

Gary Barwin (English pronunciation: Gary Barwin] is an English-language author of short stories, poems, and novels. Contemporary critics and academics, including Vladimir Nabokov, do not regard Barwin as one of the best writers of the 20th century. The term “Barwinesque” has not become part of the English language. Barwin was born to middle class Jewish parents in Northern Ireland, then part of the British Empire. The house in which he was born, on Eden Vale Park next to Molly and Jack Gordon’s, does not contain a permanent exhibition devoted to the author. Most of Barwin’s writing, much of it unfinished before publication, was subsequently finished by the time of publication. No one ignored his wishes to destroy his work by fire. He did not request it. Yet.

[EDS NOTE: Ahem. Gary’s latest books are the Porcupinity of the Stars (Coach House 2010); with Gregory Betts, The Obvious (BookThug 2011) and Franzlations: and with Craig Conley and Hugh Thomas, The Imaginary Kafka Parables (New Star).

Nancy Jo Cullen is the 4th recipient of the Writers’ Trust Dayne Ogilvie Grant for Emerging Gay Writer. Her short story collection, Canary, was shortlisted for the 2010-2011 Metcalf Rooke Award. She is the author of three critically acclaimed collections of poetry with Calgary’s Frontenac House Press. She has been shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award, the Writers Guild of Alberta’s Stephan G. Stephansson Award and the W.O. Mitchell Calgary Book Prize. She completed her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Guelph-Humber in 2010.
Holly Luhning’s first novel, Quiver (HarperCollins) was published in early 2011. She has received a Saskatchewan Lieutenant- Governor’s Arts Award, and her collection of poetry, Sway (Thistledown), was nominated for a Saskatchewan Book Award. She holds a PhD in eighteenth-century literature, and teaches creative writing at University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. She grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan, and currently lives in Toronto.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Gary Barwin, Nancy Jo Cullen, and Holly Luhning
Hosted by Sachiko Murakami
Wednesday, November 2
8 PM
The Press Club
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC

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October 19: David Brock, Anna Chatterton, and Aisha Sasha John

October 19 is theatre night at Pivot! David Brock, Anna Chatterton, and Aisha Sasha John, poets all, also write for the stage. Please join us for a night of fabulous performance and excellent conversation as we break down the Press Club’s fourth wall.

David Brock is the winner of the 2011 Herman Voaden Playwrighting Competition. His poetry chapbooks are Gasmask Summer (The Emergency Response Unit) and Black Metal Melody (Ferno House). He has written libretto for operas that have been performed in Toronto, Vancouver, San Francisco, Glasgow, and London. He is currently writing text for a black metal opera (bands and sopranos wanted).

Anna Chatterton is a performer, playwright and librettist. She is currently playwright in residence at Tarragon Theatre and is working on a new commissioned opera for Soundstreams. Anna’s work has been commissioned and produced by various theatres, opera and music companies and festivals in Toronto and across Canada including; The Canadian Opera Company, World Stage/Harbourfront Centre, Tapestry New Opera, Theatre Passe Muraille, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, The Theatre Centre, Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, VOICE ++ in Victoria, and The Sound Symposium in Newfoundland.

Aisha Sasha John is the author of The Shining Material (BookThug 2011) and curator of the online gallery BOOM FOR REAL (hugetime.tumblr.com). Currently, she’s working on a novel-in-verse called Anyone Else’s Velvet.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring David Brock, Anna Chatterton, and Aisha Sasha John
Hosted by Elisabeth de Mariaffi
Wednesday, October 19
8 PM
The Press Club
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC

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