Pivot is approaching its season end now, and we have a penultimate show set up with four poets of very different styles. British poet and diplomat Matthew Henley is joined by three local favourites: Trillium-winner Jeff Latosik and debuting voices Ben Ladouceur and Jimmy McInnes.
Matthew Henley was born in Colchester, Essex. He holds a first class honours degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of York and a Master of Arts in Political Science from Simon Fraser University. In his non-writing life, Matthew works as a British diplomat. He has spent much of his career working on Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Balkans, including time spent as Political Advisor to the UN High Representative in Sarajevo. He speaks French, Bosnian and Russian. Matthew’s first collection of poetry, Beetle, was released in fall of 2014 from Templar Poetry.
Ben Ladouceur is a writer originally from Ottawa, now based in Toronto. His work has been featured in Arc, The Malahat Review, PRISM international and The Walrus, and in the Best Canadian Poetry anthology. He was awarded the Earle Birney Poetry Prize in 2013. His first collection of poems, Otter, came out through Coach House Books in April 2015.
Jeff Latosik debut collection Tiny, Frantic, Stronger won the 2011 Trillium Award for poetry and was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert and Relit awards. His work has been published widely in Canada in magazines such as The Walrus, Maisonneuve, and the Literary Review of Canada, and journals such as the Malahat Review, Grain, and Prairie Fire. He is the winner of This Magazine’s Great Literary Hunt (2008) and the P.K. Page Founder’s Award (2010), and appeared on the shortlist for the Bronwen Wallace award (2009). His second collection, Safely Home Pacific Western, came out this Spring from Ice House.
Jimmy McInnes was born and raised on Ontario’s Bruce Peninsula. His first chapbook, Begin Speech With, was released by Ferno House in the fall of 2013. His poetry has appeared in various journals, including This Magazine, ditch, The Puritan, Descant, and the Capilano Review Web Folio. His work has been shortlisted for the Great Canadian Literary Hunt and the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. He lives in Toronto, where he completed his MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Guelph, and is currently employed as a political hack. A More Perfect [ is his first book-length work of poetry.
Pivot Readings at The Steady
Featuring Matthew Henley, Ben Ladouceur, Jeff Latosik, & Jimmy McInnes
Wednesday, May 20th
1051 Bloor St West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney