This is it. You’ve all been very patient through the long dry season as Pivot took its usual three months off for regrouping. Now that all that distasteful warmth and exposed skin is starting to wind down, we can get down the real business of bar room literary events. We’ve got the kind of great opening show that you’re used to. Brick Books Co-Founder and CanLit hero Stan Dragland brings his collection of essays and two poets bring the work that’s brought them major notice both domestic and international. Sara Peters’ debut 1996 has spent the summer getting raved in the continent’s better newspapers, and Robin Richardson already won Pivot’s Best New Title of the Year Award for her much-anticipated sophomore collection.
Stan Dragland is originally from Alberta and now lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland. He was educated at The University of Alberta and Queen’s University and is Professor Emeritus, Department of English, The University of Western Ontario. He was founder of Brick Magazine and Brick Books, and is still active with the latter. Among his books are Wilson MacDonald’s Western Tour (critical collage), Peckertracks (novel), Journeys Through Bookland and Other Passages (fiction and non-fiction), The Bees of the Invisible: Essays in English Canadian Writing, Floating Voice: Duncan Campbell Scott and the Literature of Treaty 9 (criticism), Apocrypha: Further Journeys (non-fiction), Stormy Weather: Foursomes (prose poems) and The Drowned Lands (novel).
Sara Peters was born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. She completed an MFA at Boston University, and was a 2010 to 2012 Stegner fellow at Stanford University. Her work has appeared in Slate, Maisonneuve, This Magazine, B O D Y, The Threepenny Review, The Walrus, and Poetry. Her first book, 1996, was recently published by House of Anansi Press.
Robin Richardson is the author of Knife Throwing Through Self-Hypnosis (forthcoming with ECW Press, 2013) and Grunt of the Minotaur (Insomniac Press, 2011). Her work has appeared in many journals including Tin House, Arc, The Berkeley Poetry Review, The Malahat Review, and The Cortland Review. She has been shortlisted for the ReLit award, longlisted for the CBC Poetry Award, and has won the John B. Santoianni Award (awarded by The Academy of American Poets) and the Joan t. Baldwin Award. She holds an MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence, and currently divides her time between Toronto, and New York.
Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Stan Dragland, Sara Peters & Robin Richardson
Wednesday, September 18th
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney