May 2: Gabe Foreman, Catherine Owen, Steven Price, and Claire Tacon

Three poets and a novelist walk into a bar…

Punchline to follow on May 2, as Pivot welcomes Gabe Foreman, Catherine Owen, Steven Price, and Claire Tacon to the Press Club for a night of spring revelry and literary madness. Or literary goodness. Anyway, there’ll be some revelry, and some literature, and it’s a bar. You’re coming, right?

Gabe Foreman was born in Thunder Bay. He has worked as a tree planter in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario, and is the author of one collection of poetry, A Complete Encyclopedia of Different Types of People (Coach House Books, 2011). He’s a co-founder of littlefishcartpress, and his writing has appeared in a number of literary journals, including Grain, Fiddlehead and Event. His work placed second in CV2’s two-day poem contest and a selection was shortlisted for the CBC Literary Awards. Currently, he lives in Montreal, where he manages the soup kitchen at a long-established mission.

Catherine Owen is from Vancouver. She’s published nine collections of poetry as well as the new Catalysts (Wolsak and Wynn, 2012), a collection of prose, essays, and memoirs. Her work has won the Alberta Book Prize and been nominated for the BC Book Prize, the CBC Award and the Re-lit. She plays metal bass and collaborates with multimedia artists, including Sydney Lancaster who created the cover of Catalysts, the book she will be reading from at Pivot. P.S. Her website is

Steven Price‘s newest collection of poetry is Omens in the Year of the Ox (Brick Books, 2012). His first collection, Anatomy of Keys (Brick Books, 2006), won the Gerald Lampert Award and was named a Globe & Mail Book of the Year. His first novel, Into that Darkness (Thomas Allen, 2011), has recently been nominated for the Ethel Wilson Award. His work has been translated into several languages, including German, French, and Hungarian. He teaches writing at the University of Victoria.

Claire Tacon is the winner of the 2010 Metcalf-Rooke award for her first novel, In the Field (Biblioasis, 2010). Her fiction has been short-listed for the Bronwen Wallace Award and the Playboy College Fiction Contest, and has appeared in journals such as The New Quarterly and sub-TERRAIN. She is a past fiction editor of the magazine PRISM international and is a lecturer at St. Jerome’s University.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Gabe Foreman, Catherine Owen, Steven Price, and Claire Tacon
Wednesday, May 2
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
Hosted by Elisabeth de Mariaffi


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