Monthly Archives: February 2015

Pivot on March 11th: Vincent Colistro, Nicholas Power, Priscila Uppal, & Jane Woods

Pivot turns its back (hopefully) on the worst of winter and towards this eccentric little show scheduled just before the deluge of new spring books. We think you’ll love it. Psychotherapist and poet Nicholas Power is joined by emerging poet and newlywed Vincent Colistro, Griffin nominee Priscilla Uppal, and Goose Lane-published novelist Jane Woods. Some great people and you should sincerely be there.

Cast List:

Vincent Colistro’s poetry has appeared in various publications, including The Walrus, Hazlitt and Geist. His first book of poetry, Late Victorians, is forthcoming with Vehicule Press.

Nicholas Power is a founding ­member of the Meet the Presses ­collective, and has performed with the sound poetry ensemble Alexander’s Dark Band. He works as a ­psychotherapist in private practice. He has been published by Underwhich ­Editions (wells), The Writing Space (a modest device) and Battered Press (No Poems). His collection, Melancholy Scientist, was published in 2014.

Priscila Uppal was born in Ottawa and currently lives in Toronto where she is a poet, fiction writer, academic, and professor of Humanities and English at York University.She is the author of nine books of poetry, two novels, a memoir, and a critical study of elegies. Her 2006 collection Ontological Necessities was a finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize and her 2013 memoir Projection was a finalist for both the GG Award and Weston Prize for Nonfiction. Her newest book is Cover Before Striking, a collection of stories out recently with Dundurn Press.

Jane Woods spent a decade working in Canadian regional theatre before settling in Montreal to work as a voice actress. Later, she began translating and adapting French-language films and television series to be dubbed into English. She lives in Toronto, where she continues to work as a translator. She is the author of The Walking Tanteek, a novel released in 2014.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Vincent Colistro, Nicholas Power, Priscilla Uppal, & Jane Woods
Wednesday, March 11th
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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Pivot on February 25th: Dionne Brand, Elisabeth de Mariaffi, & Edward Nixon

Pivot brings a big mid-winter show with a former Poet Laureate, a former Pivot host turned big-deal thriller writer (we knew her when!) and the poet behind Livewords, our east end sibling. Come be warm.

Cast List

As a young girl growing up in Trinidad, Dionne Brand submitted poems to the newspapers under the pseudonym Xavier Simone, an homage to Nina Simone, whom she would listen to late at night on the radio. Since then, her 9 books of poetry include winners of the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Trillium Book Award, the Griffin, and the Pat Lowther Memorial Award.  Her novels have won the Toronto Book Award and been named to the New York Times Notable Books list. She was Toronto’s Poet Laureate from 2009 to 2012. Her newest is the novel Love Enough, published last year by Knopf.

Elisabeth de Mariaffi’s first book of short stories, How to Get Along with Women, was longlisted for the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her poetry and short fiction have been widely published in magazines across Canada. In 2013, her story “Kiss Me Like I’m the Last Man on Earth” was shortlisted for a National Magazine Award. She lives in St. John’s but, prior to that, spent time in Toronto and for two years served as co-host and co-director of the Pivot Reading Series.

Edward Nixon was born and grew up in British Columbia. He has hosted and curated the monthly Toronto reading series Livewords since 2008. He is the author four poetry chapbooks – Nights in the City of the Dead, Arguments for Breath, Free Translation, and Instructions for Pen and Ink. The Fissures of Our Throats, his first full collection, was recently released by Guernica Editions.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Dionne Brand, Elisabeth de Mariaffi, and Edward Nixon
Wednesday, February 25th
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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