Well, it’s April. New books everywhere and Pivot kicks up a notch to notice. We have four women with new work at the tip of Canadian letters. You will like that. You should come.
Kerry Clare is a National Magazine Award–nominated writer and editor of the anthology The M Word: Conversations About Motherhood. Her essays, reviews and short fiction have appeared most recently in The Globe and Mail, Chatelaine, Joyland and Canadian Notes & Queries. Kerry teaches blogging at the University of Toronto and writes about books and reading at her popular website, PickleMeThis.com. She is also Editor at 49thshelf.com. Her first novel, Mitzi Bytes, came out last month from Harper Collins.
Aisha Sasha John is a singing dancer–and the author of the very recently published I have to live. (McClelland & Stewart). Aisha’s previous poetry collection THOU (BookThug 2014) was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry and the ReLit Poetry Award. Later this spring, Aisha dances the aisha of oz at the Whitney Museum as part of the 2017 Whitney ISP exhibition. This spring will also see Aisha’s video work installed at the GO concourse at Union Station in conclusion of a public art residency Aisha completed with four collaborators, Let’s understand what it means to be here (together) (Art Metropole). She was born in Montreal.
Kateri Lanthier’s poems have been published in Canada, the United States and England, most recently in The Fiddlehead, EVENT, Hazlitt, Great Lakes Review, Green Mountains Review, the Literary Review of Canada, Matrix, and Best Canadian Poetry 2014 (Tightrope Books). She won the 2013 Walrus Poetry Prize. Her work was shortlisted for Arc’s Poem of the Year 2016, won third prize in the London, England-based 2016 Troubadour International Poetry competition, and will be included in three anthologies in 2017. Her poetry reviews have appeared in The Rusty Toque. She is a Mentor in the MA in English in the Field of Creative Writing at the University of Toronto. Her first collection is Reporting from Night (Iguana, 2011). Her second collection is Siren (Signal Editions, Véhicule Press, April 2017).
Jennifer LoveGrove is the author of the Giller Prize–longlisted novel Watch How We Walk, as well as two poetry collections: I Should Never Have Fired the Sentinel and The Dagger Between Her Teeth. In 2010, LoveGrove was nominated for the K.M. Hunter Artist Award for Literature and in 2015, her poetry was shortlisted for the Lit POP Awards. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications across North America. Her latest book, Beautiful Children with Pet Foxes is now out from BookThug. She divides her time between downtown Toronto and rural Ontario.
Pivot on April 5th
with Kerry Clare, Aisha Sasha John, Kateri Lanthier, & Jennifer LoveGrove
1051 Bloor St West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)