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