Monthly Archives: October 2018

Pivot on November 7th- Freure, Ott and Wright

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The ultimate #tbt? Throwing Pivot back to its original time slot on WEDNESDAY, November 7th! Join us at the Tranzac club where Jason Freure, Teresa Ott and Catriona Wright will be making Wednesdays cool again. 

Jason Freure is originally from Kitchener. He is the operations manager of The Puritan. Everyone Rides the Bus in a City of Losers is his first collection of poetry. He lives in Toronto’s east end.

Teresa Ott grew up in southern Pennsylvania and has lived in Toronto since 2007. Her poems have appeared internationally, in publications including The Moth, The Fiddlehead and Subtropics. In the spring of this year, she was shortlisted for The Moth Poetry Prize in Ireland. Previously, her work was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a National Magazine Award, and shortlisted for Arc Poetry Magazine’s Poem of the Year Award. She recently completed a poetry manuscript, Mother Cake, which follows two women linked by place and biology across a century, and she is currently at work on a second collection of poems.

Catriona Wright is the author of the poetry collection Table Manners (Véhicule Press, 2017) and the short story collection Difficult People (Nightwood Editions, 2018). Her short stories have appeared in GeistThe New QuarterlyJoylandGrain and Room. Her poems have appeared in Prism InternationalPrairie FireFiddlehead, and Lemon Hound, and they have been anthologized in The Next Wave: An Anthology of 21st Century Canadian Poetry and in The Best Canadian Poetry 2015 & 2018. She is the poetry editor for The Puritan and a co-founder of Desert Pets Press.

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 October 11th- Tennant, Ibrahim + Vermeersch

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Can we have a moment of appreciation for these beautiful, colour-coordinated covers? Also, join us on Thursday, October 11th for several moments of appreciation as we welcome Jamie Tennant, Djamila Ibrahim and Paul Vermeersch!

Jamie Tennant is a long-time freelance journalist, broadcaster and writer He is currently the Program Director at 93.3 CFMU FM, and the host of the literature program Get Lit. He was a National Magazine Award nominee, Hamilton Literary Awards finalist, and was awarded the Hamilton Arts Award for Writing in 2018. ‘The Captain of Kinnoull Hill’ is his debut novel.  www.jamietennant.ca

Djamila Ibrahim’s debut short story collection Things Are Good Now was one of Now Magazine’s 10 Books To Be Excited About in 2018, and has made several CBC lists of Books/Writers To Watch For in 2018. Things Are Good Now has been reviewed favourably in many publications including the Toronto Star, Literary Review of Canada (LRC), Quill and Quire, This Magazine, the Globe and Mail, and Toronto Life. Djamila’s stories have been shortlisted for the University of Toronto’s Penguin Random House Canada Student Award for Fiction and Briarpatch Magazine’s creative writing contest.

Paul Vermeersch is a poet, professor, artist, and editor. He teaches in the Creative Writing & Publishing program at Sheridan College and is senior editor of Wolsak & Wynn publishers where he runs the Buckrider Books imprint. Self-Defence for the Brave and Happy is his sixth collection of poems. He lives in Toronto.

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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