Monthly Archives: April 2014

Pivot on May 7th: David James Brock, Nicholas Ruddock, Kevin Spenst, & Jacob Wren

There are only three Pivots left before the summer. Come listen to some locals and some travelers and have a drink on the patio.

Cast List:

David James Brock is a poet, playwright, and librettist, and the author of two poetry chapbooks: Gasmask Summer and Black Metal Melody. His works for opera and stage have been performed in Toronto, Glasgow, Edinburgh, and San Francisco. His first collection of poetry, Everyone is CO2, was recently released by Wolsak & Wynn.

Nicholas Ruddock was born in Ottawa and raised in the Eglinton-Avenue Road area of Toronto. Nick’s writing has also been published in The Dalhousie Review, The Antigonish Review, Fiddlehead, Prism International, Grain, sub-Terrain, Event, and Exile. The Parabolist, a novel, was published by Doubleday, in February 2010.  It was shortlisted for the Toronto Book Award and the Arthur Ellis Award. How Loveta Got Her Baby, a book of short stories, was published by Breakwater Books this March 2014.

Kevin Spenst is doing a 50-venue reading tour across Canada in support of small presses. His poetry has been shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry and his manuscript, Ignite, has come in as a finalist for the Alfred G. Baily Prize.

Jacob Wren creates literature, performances and exhibitions. His books include Unrehearsed Beauty (1998), Families Are Formed Through Copulation (2007), and Revenge Fantasies of the Politically Dispossessed (2010). He’s the co-artistic director of the Montreal-based interdisciplinary group PME-ART. His newest literary creation is Polyamorous Love Song, which came out from Bookthug this spring.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring David James Brock, Nicholas Ruddock, Kevin Spenst, and Jacob Wren
Wednesday, May 7th
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

 

 

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Pivot on April 23rd: Brian Bartlett, Alice Burdick, & D.D. Miller

Pivot is staunchly, proudly, placidly a Toronto endeavor. However, we also have Nova Scotian roots and so we’re happy to host two CFAs (New Brunswick-born Bartlett–now of Halifax–and Toronto’s own Alice Burdick–now of Mahone Bay) and a transplant (D.D. Miller is from Kentville but now lives in Bloordale). We never plan to theme at Pivot but sometimes the tartanned, regionalist chips just fall that way. Let em fall, we say.

Cast List:

Brian Bartlett is the author of seven full-length collections of poetry, including The Watchmaker’s Table, The Afterlife of Trees, and Wanting the Day: Selected Poems (Goose Lane Editions/Peterloo Poets UK). His books have received the Atlantic Poetry Prize and the Acorn- Plantos Award for People’s Poetry. He has also been honoured with two Malahat Review Long Poem Prizes and first prize in the Petra Kenney poetry awards. Bartlett has edited volumes of selected poets by Don Domanski, James Reaney, and Robert Gibbs. He grew up in New Brunswick, lived in Montreal for fifteen years, and since 1990 has taught creative writing and literature at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax. His newest book is Ringing Here and There: A Nature Calendar (Fitzhenry & Whiteside).

Alice Burdick is a poet and visual-arts writer living in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. She has been involved in the small press community since 1990. She is the author of the full-length poetry collections Simple Master (Pedlar Press), Flutter (Mansfield Press) and Holler (Mansfield Press), as well as many chapbooks. Her work has appeared in the anthology Surreal Estate: 13 Canadian Poets Under the Influence (The Mercury Press, 2004). Recently, she was shortlisted in the inaugural Lemon Hound Poetry Contest.

D. D. Miller’s work has appeared in a number of journals and anthologies including The Malahat Review, The Fiddlehead, Eleven Eleven: Journal of Literature and Art and Dinosaur Porn. As the Derby Nerd, Miller is known around North America for his writing and commentary on roller derby, one of the world’s fastest growing sports. David Foster Wallace Ruined My Suicide and Other Stories (Wolsak & Wynn, 2014)is his first book.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Brian Bartlett, Alice Burdick, and D.D. Miller
Wednesday, April 9th
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

 

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