Monthly Archives: September 2018

Pivot on September 27th- Tucker, Swan and Liem

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A HUGE thank you to everybody who came out and packed the Tranzac club for our first Pivot of the season! We hope to see all your beautiful faces at our next reading on Thursday, September 27th- we’re bringing you candy coloured covers and Aaron Tucker, Dane Swan and Tess Liem!

Aaron Tucker is the author of the novel Y: Oppenheimer, Horseman of Los Alamos (Coach House Books) as well as two books of poetry, Irresponsible Mediums: The Chess Games of Marcel Duchamp (Bookthug Press) and punchlines (Mansfield Press), and two scholarly cinema studies monographs, Virtual Weaponry: The Militarized Internet in Hollywood War Films and Interfacing with the Internet in Popular Cinema (both published by Palgrave Macmillan). His current collaborative project, Loss Sets, translates poems into sculptures which are then 3D printed (http://aarontucker.ca/3-d-poems/); he is also the co-creator of The ChessBard, an app that transforms chess games into poems (http://chesspoetry.com).

Currently, he is an uninvited guest on the Dish with One Spoon Territory, where he is a lecturer in the English department at Ryerson University (Toronto), teaching creative and academic writing. He began his doctorate as an Elia Scholar in the Cinema and Media Studies Department at York University.

Dane Swan is a spoken word artist, an emerging editor and author of poetry and shorter works of fiction. Of note, his second book, A Mingus Lullaby was a finalist for the 2017 Trillium Book Prize for Poetry. Currently, Dane is co-editing the inaugural edition of Quattro’s Best New Poets in Canada Series with Kate Marshall-Flaherty and editing an anthology for Guernica Editions– which is scheduled to be published in 2020. Dane can regularly be seen performing with multi-arts collective Mixtape Cultures (MXTP_CLTRS), of which he is a founding member.

Tess Liem is a queer writer living in Montreal, Tiotia:ke, unceded Mohawk territory. She is the author of the chapbook Tell everybody I say hi and her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Plenitude, Room Magazine, PRISM, Best Canadian Poetry 2018 and elsewhere. Her essay “Rice Cracker” won the Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize in 2015. Her first full length poetry book is Obits.

Just like last season, meet us in the Tiki Room of the Tranzac Club (an inclusive & accessible venue!). Doors at 8, words at ~8:30. Pivot is generously funded by the Toronto Arts Council and Viewers Like You, so please PWYC (suggested donation $5). As always, Pivot is hosted by the brilliant and talented Canisia Lubrin and Michelle Brown Colistro.

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Pivot on September 13 – Kamal, Warner and du Plessis

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We survived this long hot summer, and YOU survived three whole months without the hottest reading series in town! We all deserve a reward, so on September 13th we’re bringing you Sheena Kamal, Stephanie Warner and Klara du Plessis.

Klara du Plessis is a poet residing in Montreal. Her debut collection, Ekke,was released from Palimpsest Press, Spring 2018; and her chapbook, Wax Lyrical—shortlisted for the bpNichol Chapbook Award—was published by Anstruther Press, 2015. Klara is the editor-in-chief for carte blanche, and pursing a PhD in English Literature at Concordia University.

Stephanie Warner was born in Kamloops, and grew up in British Columbia, Alberta and the Yukon. Her poetry has appeared in numerous Canadian literary journals, including the Montreal Poetry Prize Global Anthology, and was awarded second place in the 2015 Prism international poetry contest. She was awarded a faculty studentship at the University of Manchester in 2016, and is working towards a PhD in poetry.

Sheena Kamal is normally not allowed to have a fun bio. She received the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize and the Strand Magazine Critics Award for her debut thriller The Lost Ones, which was a national bestseller. America’s most beloved cultural critic Roxane Gay has called The Lost Ones “An elegant, finely wrought thriller with a frustrating but compelling protagonist” and gave it 5-stars on Goodreads! It was possibly the best thing to ever happen to a Canadian. The sequel It All Falls Down was released July 2018, and the third installment of the Vancouver-set series is expected summer 2019. In 2020, you can expect Sheena’s first YA novel with Penguin Random House, which is called Fight Like A Girl . It is set in her hometown of Toronto and explores the connection between domestic violence and violence through the contact sport of Muay Thai.
 It’s all a bit much and Sheena fears that, at 35, she has reached both her professional and sexual peak. She hopes there’s another peak to look forward to and will continue writing until Roxane Gay tells her to stop.

Just like last season, meet us in the Tiki Room of the Tranzac Club (an inclusive & accessible venue!). Doors at 8, words at ~8:30. Pivot is generously funded by the Toronto Arts Council and Viewers Like You, so please PWYC (suggested donation $5). As always, Pivot is hosted by the brilliant and talented Canisia Lubrin and Michelle Brown Colistro.

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