Monthly Archives: January 2016

Pivot on February 10th:Madhur Anand, Trevor Cole, Lana Pesch, and Kim Trainor

Pivot is experimenting a bit with spacing out our winter shows in the interest of season-avoidance. So, the next Pivot is happening three weeks after the last one, instead of the usual two. Hopefully this will not result in a bunch of sad Pivoteers piling into the Steady on Feb 3rd and seeing no poems nor stories.

Cast List:

Madhur Anand’s acclaimed debut collection of poems is A New Index for Predicting Catastrophes (McClelland & Stewart/Penguin Random House Canada, April 2015). Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in The Rusty Toque and The Walrus. She is a professor in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph.

Trevor Cole’s first two books — Norman Bray in the Performance of His Life and The Fearsome Particles — were both short-listed for the Governor General’s Literary Award and long-listed for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His third novel, Practical Jean, was nominated for the Rogers’ Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and won the Leacock Medal for Humour. Trevor’s latest novel, Hope Makes Love, has been called soulful, harrowing, graceful and full of life. He lives in Toronto.

Lana Pesch is a Saskatchewan born, Toronto-based writer and producer. Her debut short story collection, Moving Parts, was published in October 2015 by Arsenal Pulp Press. Lana’s writing has appeared in Elle Canada, Taddle Creek, 49th Shelf, and Little Bird Stories: Volumes I and II. She was long-listed for the 2014 CBC Short Story Prize, and won the Random House of Canada Creative Writing Award at the University of Toronto in 2012.

Over the years Kim Trainor has worked at a campus radio station, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, a biomedical library, and is currently a sessional lecturer at UBC. Her poetry has won the Gustafson Prize and the Malahat Review Long Poem Prize, and has appeared in the 2013 Global Poetry Anthology and The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2014. She lives in Vancouver. (tw: violence)

Pivot Readings at The Steady Cafe
Featuring Madhur Anand, Trevor Cole, Lana Pesch, and Kim Trainor
Wednesday, February 10th
8 PM
1051 Bloor St West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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PIVOTcast for January 4th: McCormack, McGuire & Munro

We’re pleased to again partner with our friends at The Scope to offer PIVOTcast. This time around, we have a recording of our January 4th Season Opener featuring work from, in order: Derek McCormack, Andy McGuire, and Jane Munro.

PIVOTcast Episode 2 was produced by Emily Joveski.

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Pivot on January 20th: Jean Marc Ah-Sen, James Lindsay, and Carolyn Smart

Pivot keeps moving unafraid into what we are told is the winter. We have three great readers on the twentieth, with debuting novelist Jean Marc Ah-Sen and debuting poet James Lindsay joined by the much-loved poet and professor Carolyn Smart.

Cast List:

Jean Marc Ah-Sen is the Toronto-based author of Grand Menteur, a novel about Mauritian street-gangs that the Globe and Mail included in their top 100 books of 2015 and which the National Post hailed as an “inventive escape from the conventional.” He is working on a second novel called The Lost Norman. (tw: violence, racial slurs)

James Lindsay has been a bookseller for more than a decade. He is also co-owner of Pleasence Records in Toronto, a record label specializing in post-punk, odd-pop and avant-garde sound pieces. His debut collection of poems, Our Inland Sea came out this fall from Wolsak & Wynn.

Carolyn Smart has written seven collections of poetry including Careen, Hooked, and The Way to Come Home. She is the founder of the Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers, poetry editor for McGill-Queen’s Press, and since 1989 has taught Creative Writing at Queen’s University. (tw: violence)

Pivot Readings at The Steady Cafe
Featuring Jean Marc Ah-Sen, James Lindsay, and Carolyn Smart.
Wednesday, January 20th
8 PM
1051 Bloor St West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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