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.
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 Quarterly, Joyland, Lemon Hound, PRISM 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
1051 Bloor St West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney