Monthly Archives: January 2017

Pivot on February 8th: Michael Knox, Dwayne Morgan, and D.S. Stymeist

Pivot is excited to keep it moving into February with three distinct voices for the middle of the winter. Mike Knox is a local favourite poet now turned to fiction, D.S. Stymeist brings a first book with him built on a career spent thinking about poems, and Dwayne Morgan is one of the very best spoken word artists Canada has ever produced. Come get warmed.

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Michael Knox’s new novel is Harshly Purring, from Now or Never. He has two previous books, Play Out the Match (2006) and The North End Poems (2008), and his work has appeared in a range of literary journals and magazines. He lives with his wife in Toronto.

Dwayne Morgan began his career as a performer in 1993. In 2014, he received the Renaissance Planet Africa Award for Career Achievement, and was acknowledged by the Ontario Black History Society as a Community Trailblazer, following up on his 2013 Scarborough Walk of Fame Induction. Morgan is a member of the Writers’ Union of Canada, a 2012 National Team Poetry Slam Champion, and four-time runner up. He has received both the African Canadian Achievement Award, and the Harry Jerome Award for Excellence in the Arts, and is the winner of 3 Canadian Urban Music Awards. In 2008, Morgan’s contribution to the Arts and Canadian society were recognized on the Legacy Black History Month poster.  Meanwhile, Morgan has published 8 books, most recently his first children’s book, Before I was Born. Dwayne has collaborated or shared stages with many of Canada’s top artists including Russell Peters, Kardinal Offishal, Jully Black,  Drake, and Nelly Furtado, and participating in festivities for Super Bowl 46, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

D.S. Stymeist has published poems and articles in many magazines and journals, and currently teaches crime writing, and indigenous literatures at Carleton University. He grew up a resident of O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation, is the editor and founder of the micro-press, Textualis, and is the current vice-president of VERSe Ottawa, which runs the annual poetry festival, VerseFest. Frontenac House has just released his debut book of poetry, The Bone Weir.

Pivot on February 8th
with Michael Knox, Dwayne Morgan, and D.S. Stymeist
8 PM
1051 Bloor St West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)

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Pivot on January 25th: Nyla Matuk, D.D. Miller, & Drew HaydenTaylor

Pivot keeps it up with our second show of the year and it has a bit of everything. We have local poet and recent New Yorker contributor Nyla Matuk along with sportswriter and fiction guy D.D. Miller and genre-bending humourist, playwright and author Drew Hayden Taylor. This will be a good one, gang.

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Nyla Matuk is the author of two books of poetry: Stranger (Vehicule Press, 2016) and Sumptuary Laws (Vehicule Press, 2012). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, the New Poetries VI anthology, PN Review, CNQ, The Manchester Review, and other journals in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K. Sumptuary Laws was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award and two of its poems were nominated for The Walrus Poetry Prize.

Originally from Nova Scotia, D.D. Miller is a Toronto-based writer who teaches in the English Department at Humber College. His first book was the 2014 story collection David Foster Wallace Ruined My Suicide and Other Stories (published through Wolsak and Wynn’s Buckrider Books imprint). His latest is Eight-Wheeled Freedom (Wolsak and Wynn), a social history of the sport of roller derby.

Drew Hayden Taylor is an award winning playwright, author, journalist and filmmaker. He has done practically everything from performing stand up comedy at the Kennedy Centre in Washington D.C, to being Artistic Director of Canada’s premiere Native theatre company, Native Earth Performing Arts Inc.  An Ojibway from the Curve Lake First Nation, his 30th book has just been released, titled CREES IN THE CARIBBEAN. He also makes mean stuffed peppers. 

Pivot on January 25th
with Nyla Matuk, D.D. Miller, & Drew Hayden Taylor
8 PM
1051 Bloor St West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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