Monthly Archives: May 2013

Pivot on June 5th: Charmaine Cadeau, Andrew Faulkner, David Seymour, & Ayelet Tsabari

Pivot enters the final month of its 2012-13 season with a quartet of new readers. A duo of new books from the city’s great poetry citadel, Coach House Books, are paired with a buzzworthy short story collection (written by a brand new mom!) and the return of one of Ontario’s best young poets to her old stomping grounds. It’s our penultimate show of the spring. If you’ve been missing us lately: you’re going to want to get your fill.

Cast list:

Charmaine Cadeau grew up on the shores of Lake Ontario in Toronto. She has two collections of poetry: What You Used to Wear (2004), and Placeholder (2013) published this April by Brick Books. She lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina where she works as an Assistant Professor of English at High Point University, and edits the art and literary journal, Apogee Magazine.

Andrew Faulkner co-curates The Emergency Response Unit, a chapbook press. His poems have been published in The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2011, and his chapbook Useful Knots and How to Tie Them was shortlisted for the bpNichol Chapbook Award. His debut collection is Need Machine (Coach House Books, 2013). He lives in Toronto.

David Seymour‘s Inter Alia was nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award. His poems have been included in three Best Canadian Poetry anthologies, shortlisted for the CBC Literary Award and used as song lyrics for The Warped 45’s. His second collection, For Display Purposes Only, was released this spring from Coach House Books. David lives in Toronto, where he works in the film industry.

Ayelet Tsabari is the author of the short story collection The Best Place on Earth (HarperCollins). A two-time winner of Event’s Creative Non-Fiction Contest, her writing also appeared in Prism, Room, Grain, and Prairie Fire.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Charmaine Cadeau, Andrew Faulkner, David Seymour, and Ayelet Tsabari
Wednesday, June 5th
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC. Suggested donation of $5.
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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Pivot on May 22nd: Chris Eaton, Shannon Maguire, & Peter Norman

Variety, people. Pivot’s got it. From Chris Eaton’s identity-obsessed narrative experiment to Shannon Maguire’s eclectic intellectualism to the sneakily  emotive sublimeness in the new Peter Norman collection, we have the stuff that frees you from other stuff. Last week, Phil Hall gave us maybe the best single-line literature manifesto ever we ever heard: “The failure of order is the work / disorder is not the work.” Amen. Break out the tattoo needles. Also, how’s that for a teaser for these next serving of disorderists?

Chris Eaton is an artist from New Brunswick, currently living in Toronto. He is the author of three novels, one book of short fiction and four CDs (under the name Rock Plaza Central). His latest book is called Chris Eaton, a Biography, using parts of other Chris Eatons researched online to form one giant Voltron of Chris Eatons.

Shannon Maguire grew up on the mouth of Lake Superior and now lives in Guelph Ontario. Her poetry has appeared in CV2, Ditch, Gultch: An Assemblage of Poetry and Prose (2009), as well as other places. She is the author of three chapbooks: Vowel Wolves & Other Knots (2011), Fruit Machine (2012), and A Web of Holes (2012). A selection of poems from her debut collection Fur(l) Parachute was a finalist for the Manitoba Magazine Awards in the category of Best Poem or Suite of Poems (2012) and it was shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry (2011).

Born and raised in Vancouver, where he completed a Creative Writing BFA at the University of British Columbia, Peter Norman has since lived in Ottawa, Calgary and Halifax. His poetry and fiction have appeared in several periodicals and anthologies, including Jailbreaks: 99 Canadian Sonnets and the 2008 and 2009 editions of The Best Canadian Poetry. His first novel, Emberton, is forthcoming in 2014 from Douglas & McIntyre. His debut poetry collection, At the Gates of the Theme Park, was shortlisted for the 2011 Trillium Poetry Prize.

*Note: Shane Neilson and Dave Seymour were scheduled for this show, but commitments beyond Pivot have kept them away. We wish them well and will book them in sometime soon.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Chris Eaton, Shannon Maguire, and David Seymour
Wednesday, May 22nd
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC. Suggested donation of $5.
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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