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