Friends, this is it. Pivot’s 2012-13 season comes in for a landing with her final four authors, numbers 67 through 70 for the year. Jael Richardson holds it down for the memoir form amid a sea of hotshot young poetgentlemen. Mark Callanan continues our trend towards visiting Newfoundlanders, Jacob Scheier brings his GG follow-up, and Michael Lista shares his unsettling new work-in-progress. Plus drinks and patio and fun. And drinks. Finals are over, prom is coming up, and Pivot won’t see all you chums until September.
Mark Callanan is the author of Scarecrow (Killick Press, 2003), Sea Legend (Frog Hollow Press, 2010), and Gift Horse (Véhicule Press, 2011), which was named on the National Post’s Best Poetry of 2011 list. He co-edited The Breakwater Book of Contemporary Newfoundland Poetry. He is currently the Poetry Reviews Editor for Canadian Notes & Queries, and he lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Michael Lista is the author of Bloom. He is the poetry editor of The Walrus and the poetry columnist for The National Post. His poems and essays have appeared in Poetry magazine. A second book, The Scarborough, is appearing in the fall of 2014.
Jael Ealey Richardson has a BA in Drama and an MFA in Creative Writing, both from the University of Guelph. Excerpts from her first play my upside down black face are published in the anthology T-Dot Griots: An Anthology of Toronto’s Black Storytellers. Her first memoir, The Stone Thrower: A Daughter’s lessons, A Father’s Life was published in the fall of 2012, and came out alongside a similarly named TSN documentary based on the book and her father’s life in the Canadian Football League. The book won a CBC Bookie Award, but the title is too long, so you should just recommend the book to your friends (even if they don’t have time to read). She’s a proud Brampton suburbanite because they recently gave her a Citizens’ Award for her work on The Stone Thrower. She lives in the burbs with her husband and son, and teaches literature and communications at Humber College. She is currently working on her first novel whose working title is GUTTER CHILD.
Jacob Scheier is a poet and journalist from Toronto. His debut collection, More to Keep Us Warm won the 2008 Governor General’s award for English language poetry. Scheier’s poems have been published in literary journals and magazine across North America, including Descant, Geist and Rattle, and have been heard on CBC Radio. His new collection from ECW Press is called Letter from Brooklyn.
Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Mark Callanan, Michael Lista, Jael Richardson, and Jacob Scheier
Wednesday, June 19th
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney