Monthly Archives: April 2016

150 Pivots Later: Season Finale of May 4th with Arleen Paré, Vivek Shraya, Carmine Starnino and Jordan Tannahill

This is not just the end of our 2015-16 season, but represents Pivot’s 150th show since the series began. To celebrate, we’ve planned something of a builders’ ball, with four readers who, beyond the quality of their work itself, have gone out and made new communities and worlds: performative, critical, aesthetic ones, and have improved Canadian Book Stuff by doing so. Come see us off for the summer among friends.

Cast List:

Arleen Paré is a Victoria poet and novelist. Her first book, Paper Trail, was nominated for the Dorothy Livesay BC Book Award and won the Victoria Butler Book Prize in 2008. Her second book, Leaving Now, a mixed genre novel, was released in 2012.  Lake of Two Mountains, her first collection of poetry, won the Governor General’s Award for Poetry in 2014; it was also nominated for the Victoria Butler Book Prize and won the CBC Bookie Award.  Paré’s latest poetry collection, He Leaves His Face in the Funeral Car was released in September, 2015. (tw: mental illness & suicide)

Vivek Shraya is a Toronto-based artist whose body of work includes several albums, films, and books. She is also one half of the music duo Too Attached and the Associate Editor of Heartbeats, a website that features racialized artists and stories. Her first novel, She of the Mountains, was named one of The Globe and Mail’s Best Books of 2014, and will be followed by her debut collection of poetry, even this page is white, out this spring. Vivek has read and performed at shows, festivals and post-​secondary institutions internationally, sharing the stage with Tegan & Sara and Dragonette, and has appeared at NXNE, Word on the Street, and Yale University. Vivek is a three-time Lambda Literary Award finalist, a 2015 Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award finalist, and a 2015 recipient of the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Dayne Ogilvie Prize Honour of Distinction. Vivek’s first children’s picture book, The Boy & the Bindi, will be published by Arsenal Pulp Press in 2016. Her book on recording artist M.I.A. will be published in 2017 by ECW Press, as part of their Pop Classics series.

Carmine Starnino is a poet, essayist, and critic. He has published four volumes of poetry. His previous, This Way Out (2009), was nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award and his newest is Leviathan, from Gaspereau Press His other books include two collections of critical reviews and essays–Lazy Bastardism and A Lover’s Quarrel and The New Canon: An Anthology of Canadian Poetry, which he edited. Starnino lives in Montreal where he edits the poetry for Vehicule Press’s Signal Editions imprint.

Jordan Tannahill is a playwright, theatre director and filmmaker, recently described by The Globe and Mail as “…the poster child of a new generation of artists for whom “interdisciplinary” is not a buzzword, but a way of life”. In collaboration with William Ellis, Jordan runs the alternative art-space Videofag out of their home in Kensington Market. His plays and films have been presented across Canada and internationally. Jordan received the 2014 Governor Generals Award for Drama for his book Age of Minority: Three Solo Plays, the 2014 John Hirsch Prize for directing, and a Dora Award for rihannaboi95 in 2013 and for Concord Floral in 2015His book Theatre of the Unimpressed was published by Coach House Press in 2015.

Pivot’s Season Finale: Arleen Paré, Vivek Shraya, Carmine Starnino and Jordan Tannahill
Wednesday, May 4th
8 PM
1051 Bloor St West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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Pivot on April 20th: Laurie D. Graham, Adrienne Gruber, Soraya Peerbaye, and Talya Rubin

Pivot continues its all-poetry April with four of the countries most exciting poets. We have visitors Talya Rubin and Adrienne Gruber, plus London’s Laurie D. Graham and our own Soraya Peerbaye. This is the penultimate Pivot of the 2015-16 season, so get out for this one if you’ve been missing us!

Cast List:

Laurie D. Graham’s second book of poetry, called Settler Education, is out now with McClelland & Stewart. Work from this collection was shortlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize and won The Puritan‘s Thomas Morton Prize. Her first book, Rove, was published in 2013 and was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award. Laurie is an editor of Brick magazine, and she lives in London, Ontario. (tw: violence)

Adrienne Gruber is the author of two full-length poetry collections, Buoyancy Control (BookThug) and This is the Nightmare (Thistledown Press), and three chapbooks, Mimic (Leaf Press), Everything Water (Cactus Press) and Intertidal Zones (Jack Pine Press). She has been a finalist for the CBC Literary Awards in poetry, Descant’s Winston Collins Best Canadian Poem Contest and twice for ARC’s Poem of the Year Contest. Her poem Gestational Trail was awarded first prize in the Antigonish Review’s Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest in 2015 and she won the bpNichol Chapbook Award for Mimic in 2012. Originally from Saskatoon, Adrienne lives in Vancouver with her partner Dennis and their daughters Quintana and Tamsin.

Soraya Peerbaye is the author of Tell: Poems for a Girlhood (Pedlar Press, 2015); her first collection, Poems for the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names (Goose Lane Editions, 2009) was nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award. Her poetry has also been published in Translating Horses (eds. Jennifer Hiemstra & Gillian Sze, Baseline Press, 2015), and Red Silk: An Anthology of South Asian Canadian Women’s Poetry (eds. Rishma Dunlop & Priscilla Uppal, Mansfield Press, 2004). She works extensively in the field of dance, and is the co-curator, with Brandy Leary, of the Contemporaneity series of contemporary expressions of Asian, African, Arab, Latin American, and Indigenous dance, coming soon.

Talya Rubin is a writer and performance maker. Her poetry won the Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers and was short-listed for the Winston Collins/Descant prize for Best Canadian poem and the Montreal International Poetry Prize. She won the “Battle of the Bards” at Harbourfront and was invited to attend IFOA in 2015. Her first book of poetry, Leaving the Island, was published with Véhicule Press in April 2015. She also runs an interdisciplinary performance company, Too Close to the Sun. Talya holds an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC. She currently lives in Montreal. (tw: mental illness (anorexia))

Pivot on April 20th: Laurie D. Graham, Adrienne Gruber, Soraya Peerbaye, and Talya Rubin
Wednesday, April 20th
8 PM
1051 Bloor St West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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