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.
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
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC. Suggested Donation: $5.00. All Donations go to support the Influency Salon.
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney