Monthly Archives: April 2013

Pivot on May 8th: Margaret Christakos, Adam Dickinson, John Goldbach, & Phil Hall

Pivot is glad it won’t be April anymore. It’ll be May, the month in which Toronto resets its attempt at spring, the new books stack up on all our bedside tables, and the students & teachers among us get to exhale a bit. We have quite the show to get it started. Margaret Christakos will bring works in progress, and there are three new books to showcase: Adam Dickinson talkin’ plastics, John Goldbach talkin’ crime, and Phil Hall talkin’ through his ten-foot-high pile of poetry awards. Come have a pint on the patio and listen to the breeze.

Cast List:

Margaret Christakos has been a worker in the field of letters. Her ninth poetry collection, called Multitudes, will be published in fall 2013 by Coach House Books.

Adam Dickinson is a writer, researcher and teacher. His poems have appeared in literary journals in Canada and internationally as well as in anthologies such as Breathing Fire 2: Canada’s New Poets and The Shape of Content: Creative Writing in Mathematics and Science. His collection Kingdom, Phylum was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. He is the author most recently of The Polymers (Anansi 2013). He is also working on another poetry project that involves testing his blood and body for chemicals and microbes. When not giving his body to science, he teaches at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario.

John Goldbach is the author of Selected Blackouts, a collection of stories. He lives in Montreal. Goldbach’s new novel, The Devil and the Detective, is noir about the biggest mystery of all – that of consciousness. It’s an unorthodox meditation on writing, love, violence and ideology – imagine The Big Sleep via Fernando Pessoa, with a side of Buster Keaton.

Phil Hall was the 2011 winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry in English for his book of essay-poems, Killdeer. In 2012, Killdeer also won Ontario’s Trillium Book Award, an Alcuin Design Award, and was nominated for the Griffin Poetry Prize. Previously, Trouble Sleeping (2001) was nominated for the Governor General’s Award, and An Oak Hunch (2005) was nominated for the Griffin Poetry Prize. Hall has recently been writer-in-residence at Queens University & the University of Windsor. In fall 2013 he will be an instructor at the Banff Cenre for the Arts, in the Wired Writing Program. Currently, he offers a manuscript mentoring service for the Toronto New School of Writing. His new book is called The Small Nouns Crying Faith and is now available from BookThug. He lives near Perth, Ontario.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Margaret Christakos, Adam Dickinson, John Goldbach, and Phil Hall
Wednesday, May 8th
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC. Suggested donation of $5.
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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Pivot on April 24th: Mary Dalton, Guy Ewing, Jay MillAr, & Michael Eden Reynolds

Pivot is going local. Pivot is going national. Pivot is bringing poets from the farthest capitals in the country (Whitehorse, St. John’s) and series regulars from just down the Street. That’s Bookthug Street and Mercury Press Street. It’ll be late April. The kitsch of Poetry Month will be flapping in the wind behind us. The patio will be open. Those of you involved in the noble pursuits of the academy will be free of exams and marking. Everything is something to celebrate.

Cast List:

Mary Dalton is the author of five books of poetry, The most recent of which are Merrybegot, Red Ledger, and Hooking, just released by Vehicule Press. Merrybegot, winner of the E. J. Pratt Poetry Award and a nominee for the Pat Lowther Award, is also an audiobook produced by Rattling Books. Red Ledger was short-listed for the Atlantic Poetry Prize and the E. J. Pratt Poetry Award and was named a Top Book of the Year by The Globe and Mail. Dalton’s work has been anthologized throughout Canada, in Ireland, England, Belgium and the U.S. She lives in St. John’s, where she teaches in the Department of English at Memorial University of Newfoundland.  She was an editor and co-publisher of the literary magazine TickleAce and an editor of the interdisciplinary journal Newfoundland Studies. She has been a poetry mentor at the Banff Centre and at Piper’s Frith in Newfoundland. She is the founder and director of the SPARKS Literary Festival, held annually in St. John’s.

Guy Ewing was a community literacy worker in Toronto, mainly in Parkdale, from 1982 until 2012.  He is the author of two books of poetry, Hearing, and answering with music, published by The Mercury Press in 2009, and Earth Becoming Sky, published by Teksteditions in 2012.

Jay MillAr is a Toronto poet, editor, publisher, teacher and virtual bookseller. He is the author of several books, the most recent of which are the small blue (2008), esp : accumulation sonnets (2009), Other Poems (2010), and Timely Irreverence (2013). He is also the author of several privately published editions, such as Lack Lyrics, which tied to win the 2008 bpNichol Chapbook Award. MillAr is the shadowy figure behind BookThug, a publishing house dedicated to exploratory work by well-known and emerging North American writers, as well as Apollinaire’s Bookshoppe, a virtual bookstore that specializes in the books that no one wants to buy. Currently Jay teaches creative writing and poetics at George Brown College and Toronto New School of Writing.

Michael Eden Reynolds was born in Ottawa in 1973 and has lived in Whitehorse for 18 years. He has received the Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize, and the John Haines Award for Poetry and was anthologized in The Best of Canadian Poetry in English.  His book Slant Room was published in 2009 by Porcupine’s Quill.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Mary Dalton, Guy Ewing, Jay MillAr, and Michael Eden Reynolds
Wednesday, April 24th
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC. Suggested donation of $5.
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

 

 

 

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