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.
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
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney