Monthly Archives: March 2016

Pivot on April 6th: Rahat Kurd, Allison Lasorda, Cassidy McFadzean, and Brent Raycroft.

It’s April, and Pivot is earning its poetry citizenship badge by doing back-to-back All Poets Shows. We have visiting Vancouverite Rahat Kurd and Saskatoonian (?) Cassidy McFadzean, joined by the local Allison Lasorda and the localish Brent Raycroft. Tis the season.

Cast List:

Rahat Kurd’s essays have appeared in The Walrus and Maisonneuve magazines, and she is at work on a memoir about the making of Muslim culture in North America. The poetry sequence “Seven Stones for Jamarat”, published in Exile Literary Quarterly, is currently nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and was a finalist in the 2014 Gwendolyn MacEwen Poetry Prize. Rahat was selected as Emerging Artist in the Literary Arts category of the 2013 Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Awards. She’s here with Cosmophilia, out from Talonbooks last autumn.

Allison LaSorda’s work has appeared in The Malahat Review, Riddle Fence, [PANK], and The Fiddlehead, where one of her poems is nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Anstruther Press published her first chapbook, Playdate, in 2015. She’s currently finishing up her MFA at the University of Guelph.

Cassidy McFadzean is the author of Hacker Packer (McClelland & Stewart 2015), shortlisted for two Saskatchewan Book Awards. Her work has appeared in magazines in Canada and the US including Prelude, The Malahat Review, The Walrus, and The Fiddlehead, and has been a finalist for the CBC Poetry Prize and the Walrus Poetry Prize. Cassidy graduated from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and now teaches as a sessional lecturer at Luther College in Regina.

Brent Raycroft lives just north of Kingston Ontario, where he and his partner are down to one kid left at home. His poems have appeared in Vallum, Arc, Prairie Fire, Freefall, CV2, Grain, the Walrus, The Broken City and elsewhere. The Subtleties of Divine Creatures, a single-poem chapbook, was published last year by Thee Hellbox Press. This year he has taken the plunge and self-published Sydenham, a brief epic for Canada 175, about our real first Prime Minister.

Pivot on April 6th: Rahat Kurd, Allison Lasorda, Cassidy McFadzean, and Brent Raycroft.
Wednesday, April 6th
8 PM
1051 Bloor St West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

 

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Pivot on March 23rd: Tajja Isen, A.F. Moritz, Alessandro Porco, and Daniel Kincade Renton

There aren’t a lot of Pivots left this year. After this show we’re down to our last three, so think hard about it and maybe come out, okay? Okay.

Cast List:

Tajja Isen is a writer, voice actor, and law student. Her fiction has appeared in The Malahat Review, The New Quarterly, and Room Magazine, and was longlisted for the 2015 CBC Short Story Prize. She lives in Toronto and is currently revising her first novel. Her voice can be heard on such cartoons as Atomic Betty, The Berenstain Bears, and Jane and the Dragon, among others.

A. F. Moritz has written more than twenty books of poetry, and has received the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Award in Literature of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and the Ingram Merrill Fellowship. His collection The Sentinel won the 2009 Griffin Poetry Prize, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award, and was a Globe and Mail Top 100 of the Year. His most recent collection is Sequence. He lives in Toronto.

Alessandro Porco is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. He received his Ph.D. in Poetics from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Porco recently edited the critical edition of Jerrold Levy and Richard Negro’s Poems by Gerard Legro, a collaborative work of prank poetics first composed and performed at Black Mountain College in 1949.

Born in Saint John, NB, Daniel Kincade Renton has been published by Canadian journals and anthologies such as Prism International, Hazlitt, CV2, The Fiddlehead, The Malahat Review, and The Fish Quill Poetry Boat 2010-13. He hosts The Common Reading Series at the Bell Jar Cafe in Toronto and is completing a PhD on Derrida, poetics, and Hypercritical Faith at York University. Frog Hollow Press published his chapbook, Milk Teeth, in late 2015.

Pivot on March 23rd: Tajja Isen, A.F. Moritz, Alessandro Porco, and Daniel Kincade Renton.
Wednesday, March 23rd
8 PM
1051 Bloor St West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

 

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