Monthly Archives: February 2017

Pivot on March 8th: Puneet Dutt, Nora Gold, Hal Niedzviecki, & Matt Robinson

Hi Kids. Pivot comes back on March 8th with a wild and wonderful show of very different styles and tones. You’ll like it. Matt Robinson comes from points east and is is joined by some of Toronto’s favourites.

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Cast List:

Puneet Dutt holds a MA in English from Ryerson University. She is the author of the chapbook PTSD south beach (Grey Borders Books), which was a Finalist for the 2016 Breitling Chapbook Prize. Her work has been published in a number of journals and in Imaginarium 4: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing. She resides in Toronto with her husband, where she is a creative writing workshop facilitator with the Toronto Writers Collective and is an editorial board member of Canthius, a literary journal. Follow her on twitter @Puneet_Dutt.

Nora Gold is a prize-winning author who has written three books: The Dead Man (which came out this spring), Fields of Exile (winner of the 2015 Canadian Jewish Literary Award and praise from Cynthia Ozick), and Marrow and Other Stories (winner of a Canadian Jewish Book Award and praise from Alice Munro). She is also the founder and editor of the prestigious online literary journal Jewish Fiction .net, which has published 300 works of fiction from around the world (originally written in 14 different languages) and which has readers in over 140 countries. Dr. Gold, at one time a tenured professor, is now the Writer-in-Residence and an Associate Scholar at the Centre for Women’s Studies in Education, at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto, where she coordinates the Wonderful Women Writers Series.

Hal Niedzviecki is the author of books of nonfiction and fiction, most recently the collection of short stories Look Down, This is Where it Must Have Happened (City Lights Books) and the nonfiction books Trees On Mars: Our Obsession with the Future (Seven Stories Press) and The Peep Diaries: How We’re Learning to Love Watching Ourselves and Our Neighbors (City Lights Books). The Peep Diaries was made into a television documentary entitled Peep Culture produced for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Niedzviecki is the current fiction editor and the founder of Broken Pencil, the magazine of zine culture and the independent arts.  He edited the magazine from 1995 to 2002. Hal’s writing has appeared in newspapers, periodicals and journals across the world including The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, Playboy, the Utne Reader, The Globe and Mail, The National Post,  The Walrus and Geist.

Matt Robinson is an Atlantic Canadian poet living in Halifax, NS. His most recent book is Some Nights It’s Entertainment; Some Other Nights Just Work, his fifth collection of poems, which was released by Gaspereau Press in Fall 2016. Other publications include the chapbook a fist made and then un-made (Gaspereau, 2013), which was short-listed for the bpNichol Award, as well as Against the Hard Angle (ECW, 2010), no cage contains a stare that well (ECW, 2005), and A Ruckus of Awkward Stacking (Insomniac, 2000). He’s won the Petra Kenney Prize and The Malahat Review Long Poem Award and been shortlisted for things like the Gerald Lampert Award and the ReLit Award. He has a new chapbook, The Telephone Game, coming out with Baseline Press in Fall 2017.

Pivot on March 8th
with Puneet Dutt, Nora Gold, Hal Niedzvkiecki, and Matt Robinson
8 PM
1051 Bloor St West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)

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Pivot on February 22nd: Julie Mannell, Jane Ozkowski, and Adam Zachary

Here comes a mid-winter Pivot with three writers who make us feel good about the future of writing in this country. We have Jane Ozkowski’s All-Ages-YA, Adam Zachary’s strange new novel, and works in progress from Toronto/Montreal powerhouse Julie Mannell. This will be a good “I went and saw these people read in a small bar in 2017” kind of story to tell, I promise.

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Cast List:

Julie Mannell is a writer of poetry, fiction and essays, and an editor at Matrix Magazine. She is the recipient of the HarperCollins/Constance Rooke Scholarship, the Mona Adilman Poetry Prize and the Lionel Shapiro Award for Excellency in Creative Writing. Her work has been featured in the National Post, Toronto Star and Huffington Post, among others. At the moment, Mannell is an MFA candidate at the University of Guelph and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University in English Literature and Philosophy. Originally from Fonthill, Ontario, she currently splits her time between Montreal and Toronto.

Jane Ozkowski’s YA novel, Watching Traffic, is available now from Groundwood Books/House of Anansi. She can be found online at www.janeozkowski.com and in real life riding her bicycle through the streets of Toronto.

Adam Zachary (1993–present) is an artist and writer. Their debut novel The End, by Anna is out now with Metatron. Adam is also the host of a private reading/party series and an editor at The Puritan.

Pivot on February 22nd
with Julie Mannell, Jane Ozkowski, and Adam Zachary
8 PM
1051 Bloor St West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)

 

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