Monthly Archives: March 2013

Pivot on April 10th: Roseanne Carrara, Jessica Hiemstra, and Christine McNair

April. I know right? April! We get moving into the spring with three very different poets with addresses in Ottawa and Toronto. A translator. A novelist. A book doctor. A newlywed. A blogger. A follow-up collection. A debut collection. If Pivot cared about National Poetry Month, we’d mention that April is also National Poetry Month. But we don’t, really. Every month is our National Poetry Month.

Cast List:

Roseanne Carrara is the author of A Newer Wilderness, poems, Insomniac Press, 2007. She holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Toronto. She is now completing an “opera novel set in Toronto” entitled, The Week In Radio, a second book of poems, Spectral Evidence, and, with her husband, Blaise Moritz, a translation of Silences, the poetry of Jacques Ellul. She also works as a professional writer and educator.

Jessica Hiemstra is a visual artist and writer living in Toronto. She’s is the winner of two Malahat Review Open Season Awards (2011) and the Room Magazine Annual Poetry Contest (2009). She’s published two full-length collections, Apologetic for Joy (Goose Lane Editions, 2011) and Self-Portrait Without a Bicycle (Biblioasis, 2012). Like many writers, she’s writing a novel she can’t see the end of. Like many poets, she goes for long walks. Like many artists, she believes art gives us the courage to live. She has a virtual address: jessicahiemstra.ca.

Christine McNair’s work has appeared in Arc, Descant, Prairie Fire, Poetry is Dead, and sundry other places. Her first book Conflict was published by BookThug in 2012. She works as a book doctor in Ottawa.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Roseanne Carrara, Jessica Hiemstra, and Christine McNair
Wednesday, April 10th
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC. Suggested donation of $5.
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

 

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Pivot on March 27th: Ken Babstock, Andrew Borkowski, Jessica Moore, & Stan Rogal

Things are getting serious. The days are longer, the air is warmer, and there are book launches every day. It’s late March in Toronto, and we have a quartet of authors ranging from cosmopolitans to localists, from rookies to veterans. I’m holding out some sickly little hope that it’ll be nice enough out to have a beverage on the patio. Am I dreaming, or is it the week before baseball season?

Cast List:

KEN BABSTOCK was born in Newfoundland and raised in the Ottawa Valley. He is the author of four collections, the most recent of which are Airstream Land Yacht, which won the Trillium Book Award, and Methodist Hatchet, which won the Griffin Poetry Prize.

ANDREW J. BORKOWSKI’s critically acclaimed debut short story collection, Copernicus Avenue, published by Cormorant Books, won the 2012 Toronto Book Award and was shortlisted for the 2012 Danuta Gleed Literary Award for short fiction. His work has been published in Grain, The New Quarterly, Dragnet, and in Storyteller magazine. His short story “Twelve Versions of Lech” was a finalist for the 2007 Writer’s Trust/McClelland and Stewart Journey Prize. Andrew’s arts, travel, and human interest journalism has appeared in publications including the Globe and Mail, the Canadian Forum, Quill & Quire, TV Guide, and the Los Angeles Times. As an editor and proofreader, he has contributed to nonfiction titles for McGraw-Hill Ryerson, John Wiley & Sons Canada, Pearson Publishing, and D&M Publishers.

JESSICA MOORE is a writer and translator. Her translation of Turkana Boy by Jean-Francois Beauchemin won a 2008 PEN America Translation Award. She also writes songs – her debut solo album will be released in spring 2013. Everything, now (Brick Books) is her first poetry collection.

STAN ROGAL‘s work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies in Canada, the US and Europe. He’s also the author of 17 books: 4 novels, 3 story and 10 poetry collections. His latest book of poems (almost printed) is titled, “Love’s Not The Way To” — and he hopes the ink is dry for this reading — a collection of urban haiku dedicated to the life and works of Richard Brautigan. Stan is also a playwright and hopes to have a piece accepted in this year’s SummerWorks program.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Ken Babstock, Andrew J. Borkowski, Jessica Moore, & Stan Rogal
Wednesday, March 27th
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC. Suggested donation of $5.
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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