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.
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
1051 Bloor St West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney