Monthly Archives: March 2018

Pivot on April 5 – Konchan, Bramer + Couture

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It’s 50 Shades of Pivot on THURSDAY April 5th! That’s right, from now on we’ll be coming to you live every second Thursday at the Tranzac Club.
To kick off our first Pivot Thursday, we have three authors (with three beautifully moody book covers) that we’re super excited to share with you:

Virginia Konchan is the author of a collection of poetry, The End of Spectacle (Carnegie Mellon, 2018), a collection of short stories, Anatomical Gift (Noctuary Press, 2017), and two chapbooks, including That Tree is Mine (dancing girl press, 2017). Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, and Best New Poets, and her honours include an NEH fellowship and an Illinois Arts Council Award. Co-founder of Matter, a journal of poetry and political commentary, and Associate Editor for Tupelo Quarterly, she teaches at Marist College.

Shannon Bramer a poet and playwright. Precious Energy (Book*hug, September 2017) is her forth book of poetry. Her plays (Monarita, The Collectors and The Hungriest Woman in the World) have appeared in juried festivals across the country, among them: New Ideas (Toronto) The Women’s Work Festival (St.John’s) and Sarasvati FemFest (Winnipeg). A full production of The Hungriest Woman in the World premiered at Theatre Passe Muraille in December 2017, with PENCIL KIT PRODUCTIONS. An illustrated collection of poems for young children, entitled Climbing Shadows, is forthcoming from Groundwood Books in 2019.

Dani Couture is the author of several collections of poetry and the novel Algoma (Invisible Publishing). Couture’s work has been nominated for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry, received an honour of distinction from the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Dayne Ogilvie Prize for Emerging LGBTQ Writers, and won the ReLit Award for Poetry. Her new collection of poetry, Listen Before Transmit, was published by Wolsak and Wynn in March.

We’re still at the Tiki Room in the Tranzac Club (first door to your left).
Doors at 8, first reader on around 8:30.
PWYC (Suggested $5)
The Tranzac is an accessible & inclusive venue
Hosted by Michelle Brown Colistro & Canisia Lubrin


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Pivot on March 21- Dixon, Sinaee, Johnstone + Botha


We have a jam-packed, superstar line up for our second March Pivot! 💫

Beau Dixon is a multi-award winning actor, playwright, composer, director, and producer. His writing credits include Once A Flame, From Here To Africville (Factory Theatre), Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story (Thousand Islands/Firebrand Theatre/Lunchbox Theatre/Theatre Collingwood), which received three DORA nominations and was awarded for best new play and best individual performance, two Calgary Critic’s nominations (winning for best solo performance), and a Betty Mitchell nomination. Dixon is also a KM Hunter Award Finalist. He has four solo albums and was recently inducted into Peterborough’s Pathway of Fame for his leadership in the arts. See more at

Bardia Sinaee was born in Tehran, Iran, and lives in Toronto. His poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in The Fiddlehead, Maisonneuve, The Walrus, as well as the anthologies Best of the Best Canadian Poetry in English (Tightrope Books, 2017) and Another Dysfunctional Cancer Poem (Mansfield Press, 2018). He will be selling copies of a new chapbook, Salamander Festival.

Jim Johnstone is a Canadian poet, editor, and critic. He’s the author of five books of poetry, including The Chemical Life (Véhicule Press, 2017), Dog Ear (Véhicule Press, 2014). He’s also the recipient of a CBC Literary Award, The Fiddlehead’s Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize, and Poetry’s Editors Prize for Book Reviewing. Johnstone is currently the poetry editor at Palimpsest Press, and an associate editor at Representative Poetry Online. He lives in Toronto.


Danila Botha is a fiction writer based in Toronto. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, she has also lived in Israel, and in Nova Scotia. Her first collection of short stories, Got No Secrets, was praised by the Globe and Mail, the Chronicle Herald and the Cape Town Times. Her debut novel, Too Much on the Inside, was shortlisted for the 2016 ReLit award, and won a Book Excellence Award for Contemporary Novel. Her critically acclaimed sophomore collection of short stories, For All the Men (and Some of the Women)I’ve Known was named a finalist for the 2017 Trillium Awards and the Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Guelph University. She is also working on her second novel and on a new collection of short stories.

We’re at the Tiki Room in the Tranzac Club (first door to your left).
Doors at 8, first reader on around 8:30.
PWYC (Suggested $5)
The Tranzac is an accessible & inclusive venue
Hosted by Michelle Brown & Canisia Lubrin

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