Monthly Archives: October 2014

Pivot on November 12th: Megan Gail Coles, Elyse Friedman, Paul Vermeersch, & Deanna Young

We are in the midst of fall book season and have four authors here with new work to share. Locals Paul Vermeersch and Elyse Friedman come joined by Ottawa’s Deanna Young and St. John’s’ Megan Cole. Let us gather as we do in a biweekly manner.

Cast List

Megan Gail Coles is a graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland and the National Theatre School of Canada. She is Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Poverty Cove Theatre Company. Megan is currently working on a trilogy of plays examining resource exploitation in Newfoundland and Labrador titled The Driftwood Trilogy: Falling Trees, Building Houses andWasting Paper. She is a member of the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador, Playwrights’ Guild of Canada, Playwrights’ Atlantic Resource Centre (NL Rep) and Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal. Her completed plays include Our Eliza (Playwrights’ Canada Press & Breakwater Books), The Battery andBound. Megan is originally from Savage Cove on the Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland. She currently resides in St. John’s where she works at Breakwater Books Ltd. Eating Habits of the Chronically Lonesome is Megan’s first book of fiction.

Elyse Friedman is the Toronto-based author of three previous books of fiction: Long Story Short, Waking Beauty and Then Again. Her fiction has won a Gold National Magazine Award, has been shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award and the Toronto Book Award, and has appeared in Best Canadian Stories, The Journey Prize Anthology and Darwin’s Bastards (Zsuzsi Gartner, editor). A graduate of the Canadian Film Centre, she has had two feature films produced and has two films in active development: The Relationship Experiment and A Bright Tragic Thing. Her newest is The Answer to Everything (HarperCollins).

Paul Vermeersch is the author of several poetry collections, including the Trillium–award nominated The Reinvention of the Human Hand (M&S, 2010) and Don’t Let It End Like This Tell Them I Said Something (ECW, 2014). Vermeersch holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Guelph for which he received the Governor General’s Gold Medal. His poems have been translated into Polish, German and French and have appeared in international anthologies. He has taught creative writing at the University of Guelph and Sheridan College, and currently teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. He was, from 2001 to 2012, the Poetry Editor for Insomniac Press, and he is now Senior Editor for Wolsak & Wynn Publishers Ltd. He lives in Toronto.

Deanna Young is the author of three books of poetry, House Dreams, published by Brick Books in 2014,  Drunkard’s Path, and The Still Before a Storm. Young’s poetry has won 1st prize in the Atlantic Writing Competition (1996) and the Grand Prize in the Prism international Poetry Contest (2013). Two selections of poems from House Dreams were longlisted for the CBC Poetry Contest in 2012, while another poem from the book was a finalist for The Malahat Review’s Open Season Awards in 2014. Originally from southwestern Ontario, she lives in Ottawa.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Megan Gail Coles, Elyse Friedman, Paul Vermeersch, & Deanna Young
Wednesday, November 12th
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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Pivot on October 29th: R. Kolewe, Michael Lista, Mike Spry, & Jess Taylor

We have a lot of momentum, we think. Pivot would like to thank everyone for coming out these past few shows and especially would love to thank our readers for the steady diet of really memorable nights.

Next, we have two Mikes and two Bookthugs. Come early.

Cast List:

R. Kolewe is a writer and photographer. His photographs have been shown as part of the CONTACT photography festival in Toronto in 2009 and 2011, at several shows at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto from 2008 to 2011, and can be found in numerous private collections (Director’s Note: R also provided the cover image for Pivot’s Facebook page). His first book of poems, Afterletters, is available from BookThug

Michael Lista’s books are Bloom (House of Anansi Press, 2010) and now The Scarborough (Vehicule, 2014). He is poetry editor of the Walrus and poetry columnist for the National Post. He lives in Toronto.

Mike Spry has written for The Toronto StarThe National Post, The Sports Network, and Maisonneuve. He is the author of JACK, which was shortlisted for the 2009 A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry, and he was nominated for the 2010 Journey Prize for a story from his collection Distillery Songs, which was shortlisted for the 2012 ReLit Award. His latest work is Bourbon & Eventide from Invisible Publishing. He lives in Montreal.

Jess Taylor is the host and founder of The Emerging Writers Reading Series. Her full-length chapbook, Never Stop, is forthcoming from Anstruther Press this fall. Recently, she received the Gold 2013 National Magazine Award in Fiction for her short story, “Paul,” and was named “one of the best alt-lit reads coming out of Canada” by Dazed and Confused Magazine. Her debut short story collection, Pauls, will be released October 2015 by BookThug.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring R. Kolewe, Michael Lista, Mike Spry, and Jess Taylor
Wednesday, October 29th
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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Pivot on October 15th with Marianne Apostolides, andrea bennett, & Ricardo Sternberg

Pivot keeps moving into its Fall season with a trio of authors. Novelist and memoirist Marianne Apostolides is here with her new Bookthug novel, CWILA Interviews editor and debuting Nightwood poet Andrea Bennett, and much-loved Brazilian-Canadian poet Ricardo Sternberg. Come on over.

Cast List:

Marianne Apostolides is the author of five books and one play. She’s a recent recipient of the Chalmers Arts Fellowship; her previous book, Voluptuous Pleasure: The Truth About the Writing Life, was listed among the Top 100 Books of 2012 by Toronto’s Globe & Mail. She lives in Toronto with her two children.

andrea bennett’s writing has appeared in several literary journals and magazines across North America; her poetry has been anthologized in books from McGraw-Hill Ryerson and Ooligan Press. In 2012, she received a National Magazine Awards honourable mention in the Politics and Public Interest category. She is a contributing editor at Geist, and a former editor at Adbusters, This magazine and PRISM international. Originally from Hamilton, andrea now lives in Vancouver with her partner, Will. She is a graduate of the University of British Columbia’s MFA program in Creative Writing.

Ricardo Sternberg was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1948 and moved to the United States with his family when he was fifteen. He has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UCLA. Between 1975 and 1978, he was a Junior Fellow with the Society of Fellows at Harvard University. His poetry has been published in magazines such as The Paris Review, The Nation, Poetry (Chicago), Descant, American Poetry Review, The Virginia Quarterly and Ploughshares. Vehicule Press (Montreal) published The Invention of Honey (1990, republished 1996), Map of Dreams (1996) and McGill-Queen’s University Press published Bamboo Church (2003, republished 2006). Cyclops Press released a CD of his readings, Blindsight, in 1998. Some Dance, his fourth collection, was published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in April of 2014.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Marianne Apostolides, andrea bennett, & Ricardo Sternberg
Wednesday, October 15th
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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