Monthly Archives: February 2013

Pivot on March 13th: Dave Cameron, Cary Fagan, and Rachel Lebowitz

It’s practically spring. A day after our one-off Tuesday night show in celebration of our Irish guests, Pivot gets back on schedule with a trio of Canadian authors with diverse interests, concerns, and styles. Some of this will be funny and some of it will probably be quite sad and I can’t predict with any certainty which’ll be which.

 

Cast List:

Dave Cameron was nominated for two National Magazine Awards for his 2010 memoir, “Approximate Directions to a Burial.” He’s a semi-regular contributor to The Walrus, and is working on a story about the psychology of the goaltender. Dave lives in Hamilton (birthplace of Canadiens’ legend Ken Dryden, he will have you know).

Cary Fagan is the author of ‘Valentine’s Fall’ (finalist for the Toronto Book Award), ‘The Mermaid of Paris, ‘Felix Roth’, and other novels. His latest story collection, ‘My Life Among the Apes,’ was long-listed for the Giller Prize. He has also written many books for children. He lives in Toronto where he plays in a bluegrass band and helps to run the literary press, paperplates books.

Rachel Lebowitz is the author of Hannus (Pedlar Press, 2006) which was shortlisted for the 2007 Roderick Haig-Brown Regional BC Book Prize and the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction. She is also the co-author, with Zachariah Wells, of the children’s picture book Anything But Hank! (Biblioasis, 2008, illustrated by Eric Orchard). She lives in Halifax. Cottonopolis is a sequence of prose and found poems about the Industrial Revolution, in particular the links between the cotton industry in Lancashire, slavery in the Americas and the colonization of India. From the Irish slums of Manchester to the forts of the Slave Coast to the ruins of Dacca, India; from Civil War battlefields to Lancashire factory floors, from slave ship sailors to machine-breakers to child labourers, these poems tell the stories of the industrial age.

 

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Dave Cameron, Cary Fagan and Rachel Lebowitz
Wednesday, March 13th
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC. Suggested donation of $5.
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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(Bonus) Pivot on March 12th: Irish poets Rita Ann Higgins and Matthew Sweeney read in Toronto

Two of Ireland’s best contemporary poets will be at The Press Club on Dundas St. West on Tuesday, March 12th to read from new work. They will be joined by two local Toronto poets, drinks and stories and will be shared, and we will get to hear from their most recent collections. The event will be free of charge and open to all poetry fans, pub fans, and Irishophiles.

Made Possible through the Generous Support of Cultures Ireland.

Visitors:

Rita Ann Higgins was born in 1955 in Galway, Ireland. She divides her time between Galway and Spiddal. Her first five collections were published by Salmon Publishing: Goddess on the Mervue Bus (1986), Witch in the Bushes, (1988), Goddess and Witch (1990), Philomena’s Revenge (1992), and Higher Purchase (1996). Bloodaxe Books published her next three collections, includingThrow in the Vowels” New & Selected Poems in May 2005 to mark her 50th birthday. Her plays include: Face Licker Come Home (1991), God of the Hatch man (1992), Colie Lally Doesn’t Live in a Bucket (1993) and Down All the Roundabouts (1999). She was Galway County’s Writer-in-Residence in 1987, Writer in Residence at the National University of Ireland, Galway, in 1994-95, Writer in Residence for Offaly County Council in 1998-99. She was Green Honors Professor at Texas Christian University, in October 2000. Other awards include a Peadar O’Donnell Award in 1989, several Arts Council bursaries ‘Sunny Side Plucked’ was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. She was made an honorary fellow at Hong Kong Baptist University Nov 2006.

Matthew Sweeney was born in Donegal, Ireland in 1952. He moved to London in 1973 and studied at the Polytechnic of North London and the University of Freiburg. His poetry collections include A Dream of Maps (1981), A Round House (1983), Blue Shoes (1989), Cacti (1992), The Bridal Suite (1997) and A Smell of Fish (2000). Selected Poems, representing the best of 10 books and 20 years’ work, was published in 2002. He won a Cholmondeley Award in 1987 and an Arts Council Writers’ Award in 1999. He has also published poetry for children, collections including The Flying Spring Onion (1992), Fatso in the Red Suit (1995) and Up on the Roof: New and Selected Poems (2001). His novels for children include The Snow Vulture (1992) and Fox (2002). Matthew Sweeney has held residencies at the University of East Anglia and the South Bank Centre in London, and was Poet in Residence at the National Library for the Blind as part of the ‘Poetry Places’ scheme run by the Poetry Society in London. His latest poetry collections are Black Moon (2007) and a new selection of poems: The Night Post (2010).

Our two visitors will be joined by local Toronto poets and Pivot favourites Damian Rogers and Paul Vermeersch, who will offer short readings to set-up the visitors’ sets. Damian and Paul are both well-known to Pivot, Paul having read at our season opener (as well as founding the IV Lounge Reading Series, Pivot’s predecessor) this year and Damian back in 2010.

Details: Rita Ann Higgins and Matthew Sweeney, with Damian Rogers and Paul Vermeersch

The Press Club, 850 Dundas West

8:00 (Readings likely to begin around 8:30)

Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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Pivot on February 27th: Carolyn Black, Jonathan Bennett, and Gillian Savigny

Here we go. Poems about citizenship. Poems about science. Weird, incredible, stories. Pivot hits the darkest part of winter with three readers that, while they won’t bring you much levity, will definitely meet the mood of late February with work that is brooding, unsettling, and (in one case) delivered in an Aussie accent. Don’t worry, it’ll be spring soon. And then it will be winter all over again. Come hang out with likeminded people. It will make the worst of the year go down easy.

Cast List:

Carolyn Black’s work has appeared in the Journey Prize Anthology and received Honourable Mention at the National Magazine Awards. The Odious Child is her first collection of short stories.

Jonathan Bennett is the author of five books including the critically acclaimed novel, Entitlement, and two collections of poetry the most recent of which was Civil and Civic. He is a winner of the K.M. Hunter Artists’ Award in Literature. More at: www.jonathanbennett.com

Originally from Vancouver, Gillian Savigny has spent the last twelve years studying and working in cities across Canada. She has served as Editor for ultraviolet Magazine, Managing Editor for Delirium Press, and Contributing Editor for Matrix. From 2007 to 2008 she worked as a speechwriter for the Leader of her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition in Ottawa. Her poetry has appeared in several Canadian journals and anthologies. She lives in Toronto where she works in the non-profit sector. Her first collection, Notebook M, was recently released by Insomniac Press.

P(Influency) Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Carolyn Black, Jonathan Bennett
Wednesday, February 27th
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC. Suggested Donation: $5.00.
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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P(influency) on February 13th: Chris d’Iorio, Mark Goldstein, and Jenny Sampirisi

The Influency Salon is the best, broadest, big-thinkingest thing a poetry fan in Toronto could subject themselves to. Ten weeks of rotating talks by poets on other poets, readings of new work, and the goofy, grimey, good-natured presentation of thought and counter-thought. Influency is getting ready to run another class at the University of Toronto’s Cont Ed department starting in April, and Pivot is saluting them with a reading from three Pivot regulars. All the passed-hat donations will be thrown into a fund designed to keep book-pack costs as low as possible, to make sure the maximum count of humans can sign up for the course.

Cast List:

Chris D’Iorio published his first book of poetry, Without Blue, with Toronto’s Quattro Press in the fall of 2011. Long ago, he bought Literary Studies & Semiotics and Law degrees from the University of Toronto and now works the tax laws for a living. He is involved with the editorial collective for influencysalon.ca and is on the board of Sketch Working Arts for Homeless and Street-Involved Youth. He has had work appear in a smattering of journals.

Toronto writer Mark Goldstein is the author of three books of poetry published by the award-winning BookThug: Form of Forms (2012); Tracelanguage (2010); and After Rilke (2008). He has taught transtranslation at the Toronto New School of Writing and lectured on translation in Paris at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales. Goldstein is the winner of three Alcuin Awards for book design: the 2012 Governor General’s award recipient Killdeer, the Canadian edition of Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons and Tracelanguage. Before becoming a full-time writer and book designer, Goldstein played drums alongside Leslie Feist and Broken Social Scene’s Brendan Canning in the indie rock band By Divine Right.

Jenny Sampirisi is the author of Croak (Coach House 2011) and is/was (Insomniac Press 2008). In parallel universe narratives she is an English Lit and Creative Writing instructor at Ryerson University, or an editor, or a publicist, or a slew of other ongoing (pre)occupations.

P(Influency) Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Chris D’Iorio, Mark Goldstein, and Jenny Sampirisi
Wednesday, February 13th
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC. Suggested Donation: $5.00. All Donations go to support the Influency Salon.
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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