Monthly Archives: March 2015

Can You Help Pivot Find a New Home by April 22nd?

Pivot has some sad news.

After six years, The Press Club’s owners Mikael and Andrew have sold the bar. The details on the new ownership and their plans for the space are still unknown to us at this point but while we are still holding out hope for getting to stay in our home, we are following their advice and looking for at least a short-term venue so Pivot can complete its 2014-15 season, as the closing party for the current ownership is scheduled for April 11th. We know this seems sudden, it is sudden to us too. We found out earlier today.

We are asking our friends for some help identifying either a short term or forever home. This is sadly not a world we know all that well. We are looking for a small and reliable venue, ideally in the west end, that could provide a home for 40-80 people a night with nothing else booked to compete in the space. As an unfunded series we require a free venue willing to pay themselves with alcohol or food sales. Pivot runs April 22nd, May 6th, May 20th, and June 5th to close out our 2014-15 season and has tentatively scheduled our 2015-16 opener for September 9th. These are all Wednesday evenings.

We are sad by the surprise of losing our home but are hopeful either something can be arranged with The Press Club or we can save the series by finding a new place. Please reach out to us at pivotreadings@gmail.com with leads and introductions to anyone you think might be helpful.

Art in this city needs space. And for six years the venue Mikael and Andrew provided was the perfect space, and for that we say thank you to them. We find ourselves a little under the gun all of a sudden in the search for a new space for the 22nd onward but are hopeful something wonderful will happen.

Please think through your communities and reach out to us with ideas. And please share this message in your own networks to widen the search as much as possible.

With love and stiff upper lips.
Jake Mooney & Lex Von Konigslow
Pivot Reading Series

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Pivot on April 8th: Christine Fischer Guy, Aaron Kreuter, Nikki Reimer, & Kate Sutherland

Pivot hits the meat of Poetry Month and the saturation of book-events that comes every April. Plus, it’ll be baseball season by then. And potentially warm. We have a local favourite novelist Christine Fischer Guy, plus emerging poet Aaron Kreuter, law-talking author and poet Kate Sutherland, and a visiting Calgarian in the person of Nikki Reimer. Come come.

Cast List:

Christine Fischer Guy’s debut novel The Umbrella Mender, appeared in September 2014 with Wolsak & Wynn (Buckrider Books). Her fiction has appeared in Descant, Prairie Fire, and The Austin Review and has been nominated for the Writer’s Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize. She won a National Magazine Award in 2013 for her profile of Métis blogger Chelsea Vowel, is a fiction critic for The Globe and Mail and contributes to the LA Review of Books, The Millions and Ryeberg.com. She teaches creative writing at the School for Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto.

Aaron Kreuter is a writer of fiction and poetry, the founder of Picture Window: A Very Small Press, and a freelance writer and reviewer. He holds a BA in Creative Writing from Concordia University and an MA in English Literature from the University of Victoria, and is in the midst of his PhD at York University in Toronto. Aaron’s first collection of poetry, Arguments For Lawn Chairs, is forthcoming from Guernica Editions.

Nikki Reimer has published books two, [sic] with Frontenac House and more recently DOWNVERSE with Talon Books.  She has edited special issues of both The Incongruous Quarterly and Poetry is Dead. She lives in Calgary where she is a member of the Writers Union of Canada.

Kate Sutherland is the author of two collections of short stories, Summer Reading and All In Together Girls, and has more recently begun writing poems. She lives in Toronto where she teaches at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Christine Fischer Guy, Aaron Kreuter, Nikki Reimer, and Kate Sutherland
Wednesday, April 8th
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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Pivot on March 25th: Jessica Bebenek, E. Martin Nolan, and Gillian Wigmore

Pivot is getting a jump on Poetry Month. We take two audience regulars (and two of the city’s best emerging poets) and add in a major voice in contemporary feminist poetics. Detroit and Prince George and Toronto. Springtime.

Cast List:

Jessica Bebenek is a Toronto poet and writer with work appearing in Prairie Fire, Grain, and Little Brother, among other places. She is the founder of the micro-press Grow & Grow and the author of three chapbooks, most recently Kettle Song. She is at work on her first full collection of poetry, tentatively titled No One Knows Us There. She knits.

E Martin Nolan writes poetry and non-fiction. He’s an associate editor at The Puritan where he also publishes interviews and reviews. His essays and poems have appeared in The BarnstormerThe Toronto Review of BooksLemonhound,CV2and Eminem and Rap, Poetry, Race (McFarland Books), among others. He teaches at the University of Toronto. You might know him as Ted.

Gillian Wigmore’s latest book of poems, orient, is published by Brick Books.  She is also the author of two previous books of poems: Dirt of Ages, published by Nightwood Editions, and soft geography, published by Caitlin Press, which was nominated for the Dorothy Livesay award and won the 2008 Relit award. She has also written a novella, Grayling, published by MotherTongue Publishing in 2014. Her work has been published in magazines and anthologized.  She lives in Prince George, BC.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Jessica Bebenek, E. Martin Nolan, and Gillian Wigmore.
Wednesday, March 25th
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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