Pivot’s sophomore effort this fall brings the wild west’s most out-sized character, the contemplative work of one of the city’s best veteran poets, and the new collection from a visiting American pioneer. I wrote that last sentence like it was the program for a movie at TIFF. Luckily by October 2nd it’ll be long-past TIFF time, so we can get back to the normal, blue-collar entertainments that real Toronto folk like: poetry readings and historical fiction.
Natalee Caple is the author of four books of fiction and two books of poetry, including the novel The Plight of Happy People in an Ordinary World; the short story collection The Heart Is Its Own Reason, which has been optioned for film; the poetry collection A More Tender Ocean, which was nominated for a Gerald Lampert Award; and the novel Mackerel Sky. Her newest novel In Calamity’s Wake was inspired by the life of “Calamity” Jane. She lives in Peterborough, Ontario.
Jon Paul Fiorentino is the author of Needs Improvement (2013: Coach House Books). He is also the author of the novel Stripmalling which was shortlisted for the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, and five poetry collections, including The Theory of the Loser Class, which was shortlisted for the A. M. Klein Prize and Indexical Elegies which won the 2009 CBC Book Club “Bookie” Award for Best Book of Poetry.
Born to an Armenian father and an Anglo-Indian mother, Keith Garebian holds a doctorate in Canadian and Commonwealth Literature from Queen’s University. He is the author of nineteen books and a chapbook, and his non-fiction has appeared in over a hundred newspapers, journals, magazines, and anthologies. The winner of the prestigious William Saroyan Medal in Armenia, and the 2000, 2008, and 2013 Mississauga Arts Award for Writing, his work has been translated into French, Armenian, and German.
Ron Silliman has written and edited over 30 books, and has had his poetry and criticism translated into 12 languages. He has worked as a political activist, editor, and market analyst. Among his honors, Silliman was a 2012 Kelly Writers House Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, and the 2010 recipient of the Levinson Prize, from the Poetry Foundation. His sculpture poetry (Bury Neon) is permanently on display in the transit centre of Bury, Lancashire, and he has a plaque in the walk dedicated to poetry in his home town of Berkeley, although he now lives in Chester County, Pennsylvania.
Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Natalee Caple, Jon Paul Fiorentino, Keith Garebian, and Ron Silliman
Wednesday, October 2nd
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney