Monthly Archives: December 2013

Pivot on January 29th: Eufemia Fantetti, Julie Joosten, & David McGimpsey

Our second show of the winter season will bring new names and old favourites. A man with long hair will be here. Eufemia Fantetti’s first book is short stories  from Mother Tongue and Julie Joosten’s is poetry from local goldmine BookThug. And a David McGimspey is a thing worth clearing your schedule for. January 29th.

Cast List:

Eufemia Fantetti is a graduate of The Writer’s Studio at SFU and the University of Guelph’s MFA in Creative Writing. Her fiction, nonfiction and playwriting have been published in the anthologies ContoursBeyond Crazy, eye wuz here and Fish 2012. Her work has also appeared in AccentiEvent and Open Minds Quarterly. She is a winner of the 2009 Event Magazine Non-Fiction Contest, the 7th annual Accenti Writing Contest and was a two-time finalist for the Theatre BC National Playwriting Competition. Her writing has also been nominated for the 2010 Creative Nonfiction Collective Reader’s Choice Award. Her essay, Alphabet Autobiografica, was listed as a notable essay in the 2009 Best American Essay Series. Mother Tongue Publishing will be releasing her short fiction collection, A Recipe for Disaster & Other Unlikely Tales of Love, in November 2013.

Julie Joosten lives in Toronto. Her poems and reviews can be read in Jacket 2, Tarpaulin Sky, the Malahat Review, and The Fiddlehead. Light Light (BookThug, 2013) is her first book.

David McGimpsey lives in Montreal and teaches creative writing and literature at Concordia University. His latest book is Li’l Bastard, Governor-General’s Award Nominee and listed as one of the National Post and Quill & Quire’s Best Poetry Books of 2011. His previous book of poetry, Sitcom, was a finalist for both the A.M. Klein Prize and the ReLit Award. David is also the author of the award-winning study Imagining Baseball: America’s Pastime and Popular Culture. McGimpsey writes a regular humour column for Montreal’s Matrix Magazine and the ‘Sandwich of the Month’ column as a contributing editor for enRoute.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Eufemia Fantetti, Julie Joosten, and David McGimpsey
Wednesday, January 29th
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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Pivot on January 15th: Margaret Christakos, Catherine Graham, Stevie Howell, & Ann Shin

This is going to be a truly incredible season and I think our first show of 2014 serves as proof of that concept. Margaret Christakos and Catherine Graham are returning Pivot veterans and Stevie Howell and Ann Shin are new faces (though Ann’s read at the old IV Lounge Series, our spiritual ancestor). The thing they all have in common is that they’re poets. We’ll be seven weeks removed from our last show by the 15th, so come by and catch up with your friends.

Cast List:

Originally from Sudbury, Ontario, Margaret Christakos has lived in Toronto since 1987. Christakos has published ninecollections of poetry and a novel. Her most recent collection is Multitudes, from Coach House Books. Previous books include What Stirs (2008) and Sooner (2005), both nominated for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award; Excessive Love Prostheses, winner of the ReLit Award (Coach House, 2002) and Charisma, a novel from Pedlar in 2000, shortlisted for the Ontario Trillium Book Award. From 2006 to 2012, she curated and facilitated the renowned “Influency: A Toronto Poetry Salon” and is the founding publisher of www.influencysalon.ca. In 2012, she was the recipient of a major Chalmers Arts Award.

Catherine Graham is the author of Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects (Wolsak and Wynn, 2013), Winterkill (Insomniac Press, 2010), The Red Element (Insomniac Press, 2008), Pupa (Insomniac Press, 2003) and The Watch (Abbey Press, 1998). Her poetry has appeared in literary journals in North America, the United Kingdom and Ireland and has been frequently anthologized. Graham now lives and writes in Toronto, where she teaches creative writing, mentors privately and is Marketing Coordinator for the Rowers Pub Reading Series.

Stevie Howell’s poetry has appeared in journals in Canada and abroad, including  Descant, Eighteen Bridges, Hazlitt, and Maisonneuve. In 2013, Stevie was a finalist for the Montreal International Poetry Prize, and in 2012, she was a finalist for the inaugural Walrus Poetry Prize. Stevie has released two chapbooks, Royal and Ringsend, and a pamphlet called Looting the Museum. She is currently completing a full-length volume of poetry to be published Fall 2014 by Ice House Press (an imprint of Goose Lane Editions).

Ann Shin’s writing has been published in anthologies and magazines in Canada and the US, including Crossroads Cant (Broken Jaw Press), On a Bed of Rice, (Anchor Books), IV Lounge Reader (Insomniac Press) and The Last Thing Standing (Mansfield Press).  Her latest book of poetry, The Family China was published in 2013, by Brick Books and has won the Anne Green Award for innovation in story and narrative form. Some of the poems from the book were produced for broadcast on the CBC Radio One program ‘Living Out Loud’.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Margaret Christakos, Catherine Graham, Stevie Howell, and Ann Shin.
Wednesday, January 15th
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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