Pivot on Oct 4th – Dunic, O’Connell, Hernandez, Smith


Welcoming travelling favourites Leanne Dunic and Danez Smith and local favourites Catherine Hernandez and Grace O’Connell – you’ll want to come early and stay late for this one. 🌻

Oct 4 @ the Tranzac Club (292 Brunswick Ave)

Doors at 7:30, show at 8:30

PWYC (Suggested $5)

Hosted by Canisia Lubrin & Michelle Brown


Leanne Dunic is a multidisciplinary artist, musician, and writer. Her work has won several honours, including the 2015 Alice Munro Short Story Contest, and has appeared in magazines and anthologies in Canada and abroad. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Leanne is the Artistic Director of the Powell Street Festival Society and is the singer/guitarist of The Deep Cove. To Love the Coming End is her first book. Learn more at leannedunic.com.


Catherine Hernandez is a theatre practitioner and award-winning author. She is the author of M is for Mustache: A Pride ABC Book (Flamingo Rampant) and the novel Scarborough (Arsenal Pulp Press) which won the 2015 ACWW Emerging Writers Award for Fiction for the unpublished manuscript. She is the Artistic Director of b current performing arts.


Grace O’Connell is the author of Magnified World, which was a national bestseller, and her new novel, Be Ready for the Lightning, was published by Random House in early June 2017. She writes a books column for This Magazine and her work has appeared in various publications and anthologies
including The Walrus, the Globe and Mail, Taddle Creek, CBC, The Journey Prize Stories, as well as various lifestyle and literary publications across Canada. Grace has been nominated for national magazine awards and the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for her fiction, and she was the recipient of the 2014 Canadian Authors Association Emerging Writer Award. Grace lives in Toronto, where she teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto and works as the Senior Editor for Open Book.


Danez Smith is a Black, queer, poz writer, and internationally touring performer from St. Paul, MN. Danez is the author of [insert] boy (YesYes Books, 2014), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry, and Don’t Call Us Dead (Graywolf Press, 2017). Danez is also the author of two chapbooks, hands on your knees (2013, Penmanship Books) and black movie (2015, Button Poetry), winner of the Button Poetry Prize. They are the recipient of fellowships from the Poetry Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, and is a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow. Danez’s work has been featured widely, including on The New York Times, Buzzfeed, Blavity, PBS NewsHour, and on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. They are a 2-time Individual World Poetry Slam finalist, 3-time Rustbelt Poetry Slam Champion, and a founding member of the Dark Noise Collective. Danez is represented by Beotis Creative.


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