Monthly Archives: April 2015

Pivot at The Steady on May 6th: Shane Neilson, Julie Paul, Damian Rogers & Blair Trewartha

After a successful opener at our new venue, Pivot, um, pivots towards the rest of our season and brings four more readers to The Steady Cafe. Palimpsest Press poet Blair Trewartha is joined by visiting BC author Julie Paul, poet and more Shane Neilson, and Anansi editor/poet Damian Rogers.

Cast List

Shane Neilson was born in New Brunswick.  He obtained his MD from Dalhousie University, and an MFA at the University of Guelph. Neilson’s books include the collections Meniscus and Complete Physical, the memoir Gunmetal Blue, and the short story collection Will. His newest is On Shaving off his Face, from Porcupine’s Quill.

Julie Paul’s stories, poems and essays have been published in numerous journals, including The Malahat Review, Event, The Fiddlehead, Geist, Vallum,  Canadian Living, and in the anthologies Coming Attractions 07 and Women Behaving Badly. Her collection of stories, The Jealousy Bone, was released in February, 2008, by Emdash Publishing. Her second collection of short fiction, The Pull of the Moon, published by Brindle & Glass in the fall of 2014,

Damian Rogers was born and raised in suburban Detroit and now lives in Toronto. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a graduate degree from Bennington College. She is the author of Dear Leader (Coach House Books, 2015) and Paper Radio (ECW Press, 2009). She is the poetry editor at House of Anansi Press, the creative director of Poetry in Voice/Les voix de la poésie, the poetry editor at The Walrus and co-host with Jason Collett of the music and literary performance series the Basement Revue.

Blair Trewartha is a Toronto-based poet whose work has appeared in Carousel, Prism, CV2, Event, Existere, and Qwerty. His first full length collection, Easy Fix is published this fall with Palimpsest Press. He has published 2 chapbooks, Break In, (Cactus Press in 2010) and Porcupine Burning (Baseline Press 2012). He is the former co-host of the Toronto reading series, The Vagabond Trust, and a co-editor of Misunderstandings Magazine.

Pivot Readings at The Steady
Featuring Shane Neilson, Julie Paul, Damian Rogers, and Blair Trewartha
Wednesday, May 6th
8 PM
1051 Bloor St West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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Pivot at The Steady on April 22nd: kevin mcpherson eckhoff, Jake Kennedy & Matt Rader

Pivot has a home. Come home with Pivot as we open our run at The Steady Café and Bar with three visiting westerners. kevin mcpherson eckhoff and Jake Kennedy refused to travel separately and are here as a unit, while Matt Rader has managed to get himself here solo. Poems and short stories and experimental fiction. Bookthugs to the horizon. Let’s show our new venue that we are a large and thirsty crowd.

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kevin mcpherson eckhoff’s writing has appeared in dandelion, Open Letter and Descant. He teaches at Okanagan College and is best friends with Jake Kennedy. He lives in Armstrong, British Columbia, with his partner, Laurel, who rescues dogs; check out what Laurel does at loveafteradversity.com. His newest book is their biography, from Bookthug.

Jake Kennedy is the author of three poetry collections: The Lateral (2010), Apollinaire’s Speech to the War Medic (2011),and now Merz Structure No. 2 Burnt by Children at Play. His work has appeared in literary journals across Canada, the US, and the UK, including The Capilano Review, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and The Awl. Kennedy is the recipient of the bpNichol Chapbook Award for Hazard (BookThug, 2007), the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry for The Lateral (2010), and the Robin Blaser Award for Poetry for the long poem “Futuromani” (2011).

Matt Rader is the author of three collections of poetry, Miraculous Hours (2005), Living Things (2009), and A Doctor Pedalled Her Bicycle Over the River Arno (2011). He is also the author of the story collection What I Want to Tell Goes Like This (2014) and several chapbooks including I Don’t Want to Die Like Frank O’Hara (2014). His work has appeared in journals, magazines, and websites across Canada including Geist, The Walrus, The Malahat Review, The New Quarterly, Joyland, and Hazlitt.

Pivot Readings at The Steady
Featuring kevin mcpherson eckhoff, Jake Kennedy, and Matt Rader
Wednesday, April 22nd
8 PM
1051 Bloor St West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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Pivot has a Home at The Steady

Hi Everyone,

As many of you know from last night, Pivot’s search for a new venue has been successful. As of April 22nd, we will be coming to you from The Steady Café, located at 1051 Bloor St West. The Steady is a known entity for Toronto book types, as a host of many launches as well as home for our friends at Speakeasy Reading Series.

How do I get to The Steady?

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For most you, the new location will be a quicker commute. If you live anywhere at or north of Bloor, or east of the west end, just get on the subway and go to Dufferin Station. From there, it’s two blocks east on the south side.

The Steady has a front room, a long hallway, and then a back room where we will do our thing. Their beer selection is on point, and they do bar snacks. The owner and bar staff know reading series and should be great hosts.

We have signed on for the last four shows of our 2015 Spring Season, on April 22nd, May 6th, May 20th, and June 3rd. Once we go through those shows, we’ll evaluate how it went (and, I imagine, The Steady will evaluate us) and decide whether we want to re-up as a permanent part of their schedule.

So, please let us know what you think of the place either before or after we start using it. Our general anonymous feedback form can be used for that.

Thanks everyone who suggested venues or followed up with friends. We definitely felt the love during our moment of crisis. Onward and upward and all that.

Love Returned,

Jake and Lex.

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