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.


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.


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.


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


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