Monthly Archives: November 2012

Pivot on December 5th: Di Placido, Gordon & Rideout

This is the final Pivot before the End of Times, before Christmas, before 2013. Join us for a trio of new writers, all Friends of Pivot, to await these various foretold events. We have stories, a novel, some poems. We have two fiction writers with known predilections for poetry. We have representatives of Canada’s two MFA programs, prepared to square off like cross-town varsity football stars. We have some beer and merriment. We have Jimmy at the bar. We have ourselves and this small, warm, space.

Cast List:

Sonia Di Placido is a poet, playwright, writer, artist and performer currently completing the Creative Writing, Optional-Residency MFA Program, University of British Columbia. She graduated from Ryerson University Theatre School [Toronto] in 1996. Sonia completed an Hons B.A. Humanities at York University in 2006. [Toronto] She is a member of The Association of Italian Canadian Writers and a member of The League of Canadian Poets. Sonia has two chapbooks: Vulva Magic, LyricalMyracle Press, 2004 & Forest Primitive, Aelous House press, 2008. Sonia has written creative non-fiction profiles for magazines; she has published poems and creative non-fiction in anthologies and literary journals. Her first book of poetry Exaltation in Cadmium Red, with Guernica Editions, launches October 2012.

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Spencer Gordon holds an MA from the University of Toronto. He is co-editor of the online literary journal The Puritan and the Toronto-based micro-press Ferno House. His own stories, articles and poems have been published in numerous periodicals and anthologies.

He blogs at dangerousliterature.blogspot.com and teaches writing at Humber College and OCAD.

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Tanis Rideout first full-length book of poetry, Delineation, about the loves of comic book heroines was released in 2005.

In 2006 she joined Sarah Harmer on Harmer’s I Love the Escarpment Tour to draw attention to damage being done to the Niagara Escarpment by ongoing quarrying (the case has since been settled with expanded quarrying being denied). She was then named the Poet Laureate of Lake Ontario and toured with Gord Downie to draw attention to environmental justice issues on the lake.

She received second prize in the 2009 CBC Literary Awards for a selection of poems from her upcoming collection Arguments with the Lake, which will be published by Wolsak and Wynn, spring 2013.

Her first novel Above All Things was released in Canada in the spring to rave reviews and will be published in the US and UK in early 2013.

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Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Sonia Di Placido, Spencer Gordon, and Tanis Rideout
Wednesday, December 5th
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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Pivot on November 21st: Boyd, Coleman, Lanthier, and Matthews

Here comes Pivot wearing its red shoes! We have four more readers for you coming up for late November. We have a former P(IV)ot host, one of the city’s great poetry adventurers, a lovely series regular with an exciting new book, and a novelist from Newfoundland (home to this country’s better novelists.)

Cast List:

Alex Boyd writes poems, fiction, reviews and essays, and has published work in magazines and newspapers such as Taddle Creek, The Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire, and on websites such as Nthposition.  Recently, he helped establish Best Canadian Essays, selecting work from Canadian magazines.  He edits the online poetry journal Northern Poetry Review, and his poetry books include Making Bones Walk (2007) and The Least Important Man (2012). 

Victor Coleman is the author of numerous books of poetry, starting with the 1964 publication of From Erik Satie’s Notes to the Music, through CORRECTIONS (1985), LAPSED WASP (1994), and ICON TACT (2006). BookThug released his The Occasional Troubadour in October 2010 and more recently his transtranslation of Raymond Queneau’s Un Rude Hiver, called ivH. He was a founding editor of both Coach House Press (in 1966) and Coach House Books (in 1997) and has laboured as a film programmer and creative writing instructor at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON; was Director of the premiere artist-run centre in Canada, A Space, and co-director/programmer for The Music Gallery in Toronto. He was, between 2002 & 2006, the editorial director for the Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art (www.ccca.ca) and currently toils as a semi-retired free-lance editor and coordinator of a group of Advanced Writing students who meet weekly at The Coach House Press. His latest non-BookThug publication, from Shuffaloff / Eternal Network is How to Become a Good Dancer. The University of California Press released his (and Michael Boughn’s) edit of Robert Duncan’s The H.D. Book early in 2011. He is currently working on a long sequence of “portraits” of 20th & 21st Century singers called Miserable Singers, a selection of which will be released next year by the Malibu-based young musical duo known as KidCity.

Kateri Lanthier has a BA and MA in English from the University of Toronto. She has been an editor in educational publishing, served on the board of Descant
and now works as a freelance writer specializing in art, design and architecture. Her poetry has been published in literary journals and magazines in Canada,
England and the United States, including Descant, Grain, Matrix, The Antigonish Review, Saturday Night, Quarry, Writing Women, London Magazine, The Toronto Quarterly, www.levelerpoetry.com and www.lyrelyre.com. Reporting from Night, her first collection of poetry, was published by Iguana Books in December 2011
(www.iguanabooks.com). She is currently at work on a novel set in Toronto’s Beach neighbourhood, where she lives.

James Matthews was born in Corner Brook, Newfoundland — but recently relocated from Iqaluit, Nunavut, to Ontario. His short stories have previously been published in Canada and his first novel was published just this fall by Breakwater Books: The Mean Time is set back in Corner Brook, and explores the ways we allow pain and guilt to shape our lives. James now makes his home just outside Toronto, where he is hard at work on his second novel.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Alex Boyd, Victor Coleman, Kateri Lanthier, and James Matthews
Wednesday, November 21st
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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