Monthly Archives: October 2013

Pivot on November 13th: Catherine Bush, Amanda Leduc, David O’Meara, and Bardia Sinaee

November. Pivot is working towards the Christmas break with a big mid-season quartet covering poetry and fiction, established voices and new. We’re excited. One of these people was recently features in the magazine they give you when you fly on an airplane. This is a top-shelf Pivot. You should come.

Cast List:

Catherine Bush is the author of four novels, Accusation, Claire’s Head, The Rules of Engagement, and Minus Time.  Bush has taught Creative Writing at a number of universities and held a variety of writer-in-residence positions and writing fellowships in Canada and the U.S., in addition to working as an arts journalist. She lives in Toronto and is Coordinator of the Creative Writing MFA at the University of Guelph.

Amanda Leduc was born in Canada and has lived in England, British  Columbia, Ontario, and Scotland. She has published  across Canada, the US, and the UK, and been shortlisted for a number of awards, among them the 2012 (and 2008) PRISM International Short Fiction Contest, the 2012 TNQ Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest, the 2008 UK Daily Mail First Novel Award, and the 2006 CBC Literary Awards. Amanda is the co-founder of Bare it For Books, the not-for-profit literary campaign which produced a 2014 calendar featuring well-known Canadian authors baring themselves in support of PEN Canada. Her novel, The Miracles of Ordinary Men, was published on May 1, 2013 by Toronto’s ECW Press.

David O’Meara lives in Ottawa, Ontario. He is the author of four collections of poetry and a play, Disaster, nominated for four Rideau Awards. His poetry has been shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award, the ReLit Prize, the Trillium Book Award, a National Magazine Award and he won the Archibald Lampman Award twice. His most recent book is A Pretty Sight (Coach House, 2013). He is director of the Plan 99 Reading Series and was the Canadian judge for the 2012 Griffin Poetry Prize.

Bardia Sinaee was born in Tehran, Iran and currently lives in Etobicoke. His poetry has most recently appeared in The Puritan Compendium I and The Walrus. He is the owner of Odourless Press, a Toronto micropress.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Catherine Bush, Amanda Leduc, David O’Meara, and Bardia Sinaee
Wednesday, November 13th
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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Pivot on October 30th: Laurie D. Graham, Anita Lahey, & Andrew F. Sullivan

The fall goes from friendly reds and yellows to darker tones. Children dress up as ghosties and Miley Cyruses. It’s All Hallow’s Eve Eve. Probably we’ll bring some candy. Also, a very exciting debuting poet who happens to also edit one of the world’s best literary magazines, this country’s leading critical voice in poetry, and a fresh, funny, book of short stories praised by the likes of Miriam Toews and Zoe Whittall. Boo.

Cast List:

Laurie D Graham grew up in Sherwood Park, Alberta, and now lives in Toronto, where she is a poet, teacher, and assistant editor of Brick, A Literary Journal as well as an instructor at Humber College.  Her poems have appeared in Carousel, CV2, Event, FreeFall, The Malahat Review, Room, Other Voices and subTerrain.

Anita Lahey’s second poetry collection, Spinning Side Kick, was released by Véhicule Press in 2011, and her new book, The Mystery Shopping Cart: Essays on Poetry and Culture, is now out from Palimpsest. Her book Out to Dry in Cape Breton was nominated for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry and the Ottawa Book Award. Anita is a former editor of Arc Poetry Magazine, and a journalist who has written about subjects ranging from climate change science to seahorses to the allure of roller coasters to luminescent mushrooms to the legacy of the Sydney Tar Ponds for publications such as Saturday NightThe WalrusCottage LifeMaisonneuveReader’s Digest and Canadian Geographic. An Ontario native and former resident of Ottawa, Montreal and Fredericton, Anita now lives in Toronto with her husband, son and two cats—and still spends as much time as she can in her father’s “homeland,” Main-à-dieu.

Andrew F. Sullivan is from Oshawa, ON. His stories have appeared in places likes Joyland, The New Quarterly, Grain, and EVENT. Sullivan is the author of All We Want is Everything (ARP Books, 2013). He edits fiction for The Puritan and sprouts novels like limbs. Sullivan no longer works in a warehouse.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Laurie D. Graham, Anita Lahey, and Andrew F. Sullivan
Wednesday, October 30th
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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