Monthly Archives: February 2016

Pivot on March 9th: Gary Barwin, Michelle Brown, and Melissa Bull

Alright, everybody. It’s the Bs. We have Nelly Arcan translator and poet Melissa Bull in from Montreal, plus Hamilton creative hub Gary Barwin and local favourite Michelle Brown. This is a good one. Maybe we’re done with snow and stuff even? Who knows. But you should come to this one.

Note, the fourth would-be Bee, Sheri Benning, has had to reschedule over a professional commitment. We’ll see her in the fall.

Cast List:

Gary Barwin is a writer, composer, multimedia artist, and the author of 20 books of poetry and fiction as well as books for kids. His most recent books are the short fiction collection, I, Dr Greenblatt, Orthodontist, 251-1457 (Anvil) and the poetry collections,  Moon Baboon Canoe (Mansfield), and The Wild and Unfathomable Always (Xexoxial). Yiddish for Pirates, a novel, will appear in April 2016 from Random House Canada. A PhD in music, Barwin was 2014-2015 Writer-in-Residence at Western University and the Toronto Public Library Young Voices eWrite-in-residence in 2013. He has taught creative writing at a number of colleges and universities. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario. (tw: violence)

Michelle Brown is currently working as a copywriter in Toronto. Recently longlisted for the CBC poetry prize, and shortlisted for the CV2 Young Buck poetry prize, she’s excitedly awaiting the launch of her first chapbook with Desert Pets Press in May and her first full-length collection, to be published with Palimpsest in 2018.

Melissa Bull is a writer and translator based in Montreal. She is the editor of Maisonneuve’s “Writing from Quebec” Column. Her translation of Nelly Arcan’s Burqa of Skin was published in 2014 by Anvil Press and her collection of poetry, Rue, came out in 2015, also with Anvil.

Pivot on March 9th: Gary Barwin, Michelle Brown, and Melissa Bull
Wednesday, March 9th
8 PM
1051 Bloor St West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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Pivot on February 24th: Jeff Blackman, Patrick Warner & Zachariah Wells

We’re in the thick of it now, just the last few shows before the annual spring floodgates of new books open up. And we have a really incredible show, with poets and a poet-slash-fictionaut. Folks from Newfoundland and Ottawa and Halifax. Worth coming out for on a winter night, I’d say.

Cast List

Jeff Blackman’s poetry has appeared in periodicals such as Blacklock’s Reporter, In/Words, and the Steel Chisel, the anthology Five (Apt. 9 Press), and Best Canadian Poetry in English 2015 (Tightrope Books). He keeps warm in Ottawa, Ontario, with his growing family.

Patrick Warner was born in Claremorris, Co. Mayo, Ireland in 1963. He has published four collections of poetry: All Manner of Misunderstanding (Killick Press, 2001), There, there (Signal Editions, 2005), Mole (House of Anansi Press, 2009), and Perfection (Goose Lane/Ice House, 2012). He has also published two novels: Double Talk (Breakwater, 2011) and One Hit Wonders (Breakwater, 2015). He is the rare books and special collections librarian for Memorial University Libraries.

Zachariah Wells is the author of several books, most recently the essay collection Career Limiting Moves and the poetry title Sum. Originally from PEI, he has hung his hat on all three coasts and several points in between. He now lives with his wife, writer Rachel Lebowitz, and their son in Halifax, from whence he rides the rails to Montreal aboard Via Rail’s “Ocean” train.

Pivot Readings at The Steady Cafe
Featuring Jeff Blackman, Patrick Warner, and Zachariah Wells
Wednesday, February 24th
8 PM
1051 Bloor St West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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