Monthly Archives: November 2015

Pivot on December 2nd: Jonathan Ball, Laura Clarke, and Amina Farah

After seventeen shows and fifty-eight readings, Pivot closes down its 2015 with a trio of writers emerging and established, local and visiting. We have Manitoban trickster figure Jonathan Ball, Torontonian prose writer Amina Farah, and debuting ex-Bronwen Wallace winner Laura Clarke. Last chance to Pivot until after the holidays.

Cast List:

Jonathan Ball holds a Ph.D. in English and teaches literature, film, and writing at the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg. He is the author of the poetry books Ex Machina, Clockfire, and The Politics of Knives, and the co-editor of Why Poetry Sucks: An Anthology of Humorous Experimental Poetry. Visit him online at JonathanBall.com, where he writes about writing the wrong way.

Laura Clarke is the author of Decline of the Animal Kingdom (ECW, 2015). You can find her poetry, criticism and other writing in publications like The National Post, PRISM International, Riddle Fence, Grain and The Puritan. She is the 2013 winner of the Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers from the Writers’ Trust of Canada. She’s from Hamilton and now lives in Toronto.

Amina Farah is a Somali-Canadian writer who has roots in Nairobi, Vancouver and now calls Toronto home. She has worked as a youth worker and educator in communities across Canada, participated in Diaspora Dialogues Emerging Writers Program, and completed a MFA in creative writing at the University of Guelph.

Pivot Readings at The Steady Cafe
Featuring Jonathan Ball, Laura Clarke, and Amina Farah.
Wednesday, December 2nd
8 PM
1051 Bloor St West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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Pivot on November 18th: Faith Vanessa Arkorful, Matt Cahill, Maureen Hynes, and Karen Solie

Pivot moves ahead into November with confidence and high hopes. We have some of our very favourite people in the room this time, along with some new names that we think you will really love. Come by around eight.

Cast List:

Faith Vanessa Arkorful has been published in NOWHEARTHIS!’s anthology of student writing The Barracuda and Young Voices. She was the first-runner up in Echolocation’s 2013 The Chase Chapbook Contest. She lives in Toronto. (TW: Alcohol/Drug Abuse)

Matt Cahill is a Toronto writer. His debut novel, the literary thriller The Society of Experience was released in the fall of 2015 and was picked as one of the top must-reads of the season by Harper’s Bazaar magazine. He has contributed essays to Ryeberg, blogTO and Torontoist, and his short stories have appeared with Found Press and The Rusty Toque. Matt worked for twenty years in the film and television industry before training to become a psychotherapist. He now has a private practice and is a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. Matt reads highfalutin books of all sorts, plays intermediate soccer, and occasionally drums.

Maureen Hynes’s first book of poetry, Rough Skin, won the League of Canadian Poets’ Gerald Lampert Award for best first book of poetry by a Canadian. Subsequent collections are Harm’s Way from Brick Books, Marrow, Willow and her most recent, The Poison Colour, both from Pedlar Press. She is a winner of the Petra Kenney Poetry Prize (London, England), and her poems have been included in Best Canadian Poems in English (2010), and twice longlisted for the CBC Canada Reads poetry contest. Maureen is poetry editor for Our Times magazine.

Karen Solie was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. She is the author of four collections of poems including Pigeon, which won the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Pat Lowther Award, and the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. She was International Writer-in-Residence at the University of St. Andrews in 2011, and is an Associate Director for the Banff Centre’s Writing Studio program. Her poems have been published in the U.S., the U.K., and Europe, and have been translated into French, German, Korean, and Dutch. Her first U.K. edition, The Living Option: Selected Poems, was published in 2013. Her newest is The Road In Is Not The Same Road Out, published in Canada by House of Anansi.

Pivot Readings at The Steady Cafe
Featuring Faith Vanessa Arkorful, Matt Cahill, Maureen Hynes, and Karen Solie
Wednesday, November 18th
8 PM
1051 Bloor St West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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