February 8: Meira Cook, Dani Couture, and Sarah Pinder

It’s true: February is the coolest month here at Pivot, and we’re bringing in the ladies to prove it! All the way from Manitoba, prairie girl poet Meira Cook (A Walker in the City) joins Essex County sweetheart and novelist Dani Couture (Algoma) and from North-of-Algoma, poet Sarah Pinder (Cutting Room). Yes yes yes, these ladies all live in cities and what does geography have to do with it? Never mind. I had to get your attention somehow. See you on the 8th!

Meira Cook’s  poetry collections include A Fine Grammar of Bones (Turnstone 1993), Toward A Catalogue of Falling (Brick 1996), Slovenly Love (Brick 2003), and A Walker in the City (Brick 2011).  She has published a book of literary criticism, Writing Lovers: Reading Canadian Love Poetry by Women (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2005), and edited and introduced a selection of Don McKay’s poetry entitled Field Marks: The Poetry of Don McKay (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2006).  Her poetry won first place in the CBC Literary Awards in 2007, has been published in The Best Canadian Poetry of 2008, and has been featured in Winnipeg Transit’s “Poetry in Motion” program.  She has been the Poetry Editor of Prairie Fire magazine and teaches creative writing classes at the University of Manitoba.  http://www.brickbooks.ca/?page_id=3&bookid=231

Dani Couture is the author of two collections of poetry: GOOD MEAT (Pedlar Press, 2006) and SWEET (Pedlar Press, 2010). SWEET was named one of Maisy’s Best Books of 2010 by Maisonneuve Magazine, was nominated for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry, and won the ReLit Award for poetry. In 2011, Dani also received an Honour of Distinction from The Writers’ Trust Dayne Ogilvie Grant.  Her debut novel, ALGOMA, was published in fall 2011 by Invisible Publishing.

Sarah Pinder lives in Toronto. A zine maker of more than a decade, her work has been shortlisted for the Expozine Small Press Awards and NOW Magazine’s Best of Toronto. You can find her writing in the anthology She’s Shameless, journals like Room, Canadian Woman Studies and invisible city, and Montreal’s Distroboto art vending machines. Her book Cutting Room is forthcoming with Coach House Press, in fall 2012.   http://bitsofstring.wordpress.com/

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Meira Cook, Dani Couture, and Sarah Pinder
Wednesday, February 8
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
Hosted by Elisabeth de Mariaffi


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