Mid-October Pivots are always our favourite. It’s chilly enough to not be uncomfortable in the crowded bar, new books are making their way into the world, and the city looks its very best outside our window. We bring an all-poetry quartet of new voices and Pivot regulars. You’ll like it.
Poet, critic, editor, and anthologist, Anne Compton is the author of two books of poetry Opening the Island (2002), winner of the Atlantic poetry Prize, and Processional (2005), winner of the Governor-General’s Award and the Atlantic Poetry Prize. In 2008, she received the Alden Nowlan Award for Excellence in the Literary Arts. Her newest collection is out this year and is called Alongside.
Daniel Karasik is a grand prize winner of the CBC Literary Award for Fiction and the Canadian Jewish Playwriting Award. He is the author of two previous books: The Crossing Guard & In Full Light and The Remarkable Flight of Marnie McPhee, both published by Playwrights Canada Press. He also works as an actor and director and helms the Toronto-based theatre company Tango Co., through which he has developed many of his plays, presented to acclaim in New York, Vancouver and regularly in translation in Germany. His first collection of poetry, Hungry, came out this year from Cormorant.
Amber McMillan is a teacher and writer living in Toronto, Ontario. Her poems have appeared in fwriction:review, The Puritan, and Emerge Literary Journal.
Sandra Ridley’s first full-length collection of poetry, Fallout, won the 2010 Saskatchewan Book Award for publishing, the Alfred G. Bailey prize, and was a finalist for the Ottawa Book Award. Her second book, Post-Apothecary, was short-listed for the 2012 ReLit and Archibald Lampman Awards. Also in 2012, Ridley won the international festival Of Authors’ Battle of the Bards and was featured in The University of Toronto’s Influency Salon. Twice a finalist for the Robert Kroetsch Award for innovative poetry, Ridley is the author of two chapbooks, Rest Cure – and Lift, for which she was co-recipient of the bpNichol Chapbook Award. Her newest collection is The Counting House, from Bookthug.
Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Anne Compton, Daniel Karasik, Amber McMillan, and Sandra Ridley
Wednesday, October 16th
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney