Monthly Archives: March 2017

Pivot on April 5th: Kerry Clare, Aisha Sasha John, Kateri Lanthier, & Jennifer LoveGrove

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.

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Cast List

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
8 PM
1051 Bloor St West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)

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Pivot on March 22nd: Gwen Benaway, Ashley-Elizabeth Best, Robert Chafe, & Shari Kasman

Pivot’s last show before the rush of spring publishing brings four writers at different points along the journey. We have visiting Newfoundlander and past GG winner Robert Chafe, Kingston’s Ashley-Elizabeth Best and a duo of local Toronto writers in Shari Kasman and Gwen Benaway. Will be good; you will like.

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Cast List:

Gwen Benaway is a trans woman of Anishinaabe and Métis descent.  Her first collection of poetry, Ceremonies for the Dead, was published in 2013, her second collection of poetry, Passage, was released in 2016 from Kegedonce Press and her third collection of poetry, What I Want is Not What I Hope For, is forthcoming from Bookthug in 2018.In 2015, she was the recipient of the inaugural Speaker’s Award for a Young Author and in 2016 she received an Dayne Ogilvie Honour of Distinction for Emerging Queer Authors from the Writer’s Trust of Canada. TWs: Sexual Abuse, Child Abuse, Rape

Ashley-Elizabeth Best is from Cobourg, Ontario. Her work has appeared in FjordsCV2BerfroisGrist, and Ambit Magazine, among other publications. Recently, she was shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. She lives and writes in Kingston, Ontario. Her first collection Slow States of Collapse came out this past April from ECW.

Robert Chafe has worked in theatre, dance, opera, radio and film. His stage plays have been seen in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and in the United States, and include Oil and Water, Tempting Providence, Afterimage, Under Wraps and The Colony of Unrequited Dreams. He has been shortlisted twice for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama, and he won the award in 2010. He is the playwright and Artistic Director of Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland. Two-Man Tent (Breakwater Books) is his first work of fiction. He lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Shari Kasman is a Toronto-based writer, multidisciplinary artist, and musician. Her work has been shown in public space and private space, but not in outer space. Some of her best material took the form of handwritten letters to Steven Spielberg that she left on a bicycle labelled with the director’s name. Her writing has appeared in Taddle Creek, Joyland, and This Magazine as well as in an eBook entitled The Broken Social Scene Story Contest: Short Works Inspired By You Forgot It In People, published by House of Anansi Press. Her short story collection, Everything Life Has to Offer, was published by Invisible Publishing in 2017. She has been teaching piano for over fifteen years.

Pivot on March 22nd
with Gwen Benaway, Ashley-Elizabeth Best, Robert Chafe, and Shari Kasman
8 PM
1051 Bloor St West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)

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