Monthly Archives: October 2015

Pivot on November 4th: Best Canadian Poetry 2015 Contributors Chad Campbell, Elena Johnson, Cara-Lyn Morgan, and Catriona Wright

Pivot is happy to join in the festivities surrounding the launch of the 2015 edition of Best Canadian Poetry in English. We’ve gathered together four contributors to this year’s anthology to read their selected work and more, including local favourites Catriona Wright and Cara-Lyn Morgan, BCer Elena Johnson, and recently returned Iowan MFAer Chad Campbell. Copies of the anthology will be on sale from our friends at Tightrope Books.

Cast List:

A finalist for the 2013 Malahat Long Poem Prize, Chad Campbell’s poetry has appeared in Maisonneuve and Arc, among other magazines. Originally from Toronto, he is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and lives and teaches in Iowa. His first collection, Laws & Locks, came out this year from Vehicule Press/Signal Editions.

Elena Johnson has been a finalist for the CBC Literary Awards and the Alfred G. Bailey Poetry Prize. Her first book of poetry, Field Notes for the Alpine Tundra (Gaspereau, 2015), was written at a remote ecology research station in the Yukon. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including The Fiddlehead, ARC, Lemon Hound and Best Canadian Poetry in English 2015. She lives in Vancouver.

Cara-Lyn Morgan was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and her family has been on the Canadian prairies for many generations. Her Metis mother hails from Spiritwood, SK and her father came to Saskatchewan as a young immigrant from Trinidad, She is a working writer and painter and a graduate of the University of Victoria?s Creative Writing program. Her work has appeared in a variety of national literary magazines. She lives in the Toronto, ON area. What Became My Grieving Ceremony, her first book, came out from Thistledown Press.

Catriona Wright is a writer, editor, and teacher. Her short stories and poems have appeared in Event, The New QuarterlyJoyland, Lemon HoundPRISM International, and elsewhere. In 2014, a selection of her poems won Matrix Magazine’s LitPop Award. She is an associate poetry editor for The Puritan.

Pivot Readings at The Steady Cafe
Featuring Chad Campbell, Elena Johnson, Cara-Lyn Morgan, and Catriona Wright
Wednesday, November 4th
8 PM
1051 Bloor St West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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Pivot on October 21st: Méira Cook, Kevin Hardcastle, & George Murray

Pivot moves into the middle of its fall session with some new books and some visitors. We bring you retired bookninja George Murray, multi-disciplinary writer and poet Meira Cook, and exceptionally well-bearded Kevin Hardcastle, a part of the extraordinary fiction line-up from Biblioasis. Come and be autumnal.

Cast List:

Méira Cook has published five poetry collections, most recently Monologue Dogs (Brick).  She won the CBC Poetry Prize in 2007 and the inaugural Walrus Poetry Prize in 2012. Her first novel, The House on Sugarbush Road (Enfield & Wizenty), won the McNally Robinson Manitoba Book of the Year Award in 2013. Her latest novel is  Nightwatching (HarperCollins).

Kevin Hardcastle studied writing at the University of Toronto and at Cardiff University. His stories have been published widely in Canada and the US, and have twice been published in the Journey Prize Stories anthology. His first book, a collection of stories called Debris, was published by Biblioasis this fall. His novel, In the Cage, will also be published by Biblioasis, likely in fall 2016. (TW: Violence, Drug or Alcohol Abuse, Illness (Bodily), Illness (Mental))

George Murray is the author of six books of poetry, including Diversion (ECW, 2015), one best-selling book of aphorisms, and one book for children. His poems have appeared widely in Canadian, American, British, European magazines and he is the Poet Laureate of St. John’s, Newfoundland, where he lives with his wife, novelist Elisabeth de Mariaffi and their combined brood of four children.

Pivot Readings at The Steady Cafe
Featuring Meira Cook, Kevin Hardcastle, & George Murray
Wednesday, October 21st
8 PM
1051 Bloor St West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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