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.