Do you hear that? School’s starting again soon. The great big shiny history of Pivot Opener Shows continues with Toronto iconoclast Lynn Crosbie, incredible new poet Liz Howard, and the great Montreal poet and performer, Cat Kidd. Buy yourself a new wardrobe and practice your look in the mirror. This year is different and you will be one of the cool kids.
LAST-SECOND UPDATE, SEPT 9: Lynn Crosbie won’t make it tonight and has been swapped out for poet Mathew Henderson. We’ll rebook Lynn soon hopefully.
Lynn Crosbie’s books collections include VillainELLE, Liar, and her selected poems Queen Rat. Her novels include Paul’s Case and the ReLit winner Life is About Using Everything. Her newest book is Where Did You Sleep Last Night? from House of Anansi. It’s a love story about a teenager and the reincarnated spirit of Kurt Cobain.
Liz Howard was born and raised in northern Ontario. Her poetry has appeared in Canadian literary journals such as The Capilano Review, The Puritan, and Matrix Magazine. Her chapbook Skullambient (Ferno House Press) was shortlisted for the 2012 bpNichol Chapbook Award. She’s a graduate of the University of Guelph’s MFA in Creative Writing through and works as a Research Officer in cognitive psychology at the University of Toronto. Her debut collection Infinite Collection of the Shaking Tent, came out this spring from M&S/Penguin Random House, was called “gorgeously heretical” by Lisa Robertson.
Catherine Kidd’s solo show Sea Peach won a Montreal critics’ award for Best New Text, touring to Toronto Harbourfront’s World Stage, Singapore’s Esplanade on the Bay, and the Edinburgh Fringe. A graduate of Concordia’s MA program in Creative Writing, she has taught writing at Concordia, through the QWF, and through Fondation Metropolis Bleu. Her work appears in Matrix, This Magazine, Toronto Quarterly, Branch, and P.E.N. International. A section of her novel Missing the Ark was nominated for the Journey Prize. Her poem Human Fish opened the Spier Arts Poetry Festival in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2007, that trip becoming the inspiration for her current work, Hyena Subpoena.
Pivot Readings at The Steady
Featuring Lynn Crosbie, Liz Howard, and Cat Kidd
Wednesday, September 9th
1051 Bloor St West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney
Presented with the financial assistance of the Toronto Arts Council.