Pivot on December 5th- Benaway, Leung, Wilmot and Philip


We’re bringing you 30% more Pivot this week with FOUR superstar readers! This Wednesday, December 5th, join us at the Tranzac club to welcome Gwen Benaway, Carrianne Leung, Andrew Wilmot and M. NourbeSe Philip!

Gwen Benaway is a trans girl of Anishinaabe and Métis descent. She has published three collections of poetry, Ceremonies for the Dead, Passage and Holy Wild. Her fourth collection of poetry, Aperture, and a creative non-fiction book, trans girl in love, are forthcoming in 2020.

Carrianne Leung is a fiction writer and educator. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology and Equity Studies from OISE/University of Toronto. Her debut novel, The Wondrous Woo (Inanna Publications) was shortlisted for the 2014 Toronto Book Awards. Her collection of linked stories, That Time I Loved You, was published in 2018 by Harper Collins Canada and also shortlisted for the Toronto Book Awards. Her work has also appeared in The Puritan, Rice Paper, Globe and Mail, Open Book and others.

Andrew Wilmot is a writer and editor based out of Toronto. He has won awards for screenwriting and short fiction, with credits including Found Press, The Singularity, Glittership, Turn to Ash, Augur, and a small handful of spec fic anthologies. As an editor, he’s worked with small and mid-sized presses across Canada, and is Co-Publisher and Co-EIC, alongside editors Michael Matheson and Chinelo Onwualu, of the online magazine Anathema: Spec from the Margins. Books he’s worked on have themselves taken home multiple awards from the Sunburst Awards, the Eisner Awards, and most recently the Shirley Jackson Awards. The Death Scene Artist is his first novel. Find him online at: andrewwilmot.ca, and on Twitter, hating everything about Twitter, @AGAWilmot.

M. NourbeSe Philip is an unembedded poet, essayist, novelist and playwright who lives in the space-time of the City of Toronto. She practiced law in the City of Toronto for seven years before becoming a poet and writer. She has published four books of poetry including the seminal She Tries Her Tongue; Her Silence Softly Breaks, one novel and four collections of essays. Her book-length poem, Zong!, is a conceptually innovative, genre-breaking epic, which explores the legal archive as it relates to slavery. Her most recent work is BlanK, a collection of essays on racism and culture. Among her awards are numerous Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council grants, as well as the Pushcart Prize, the Case de las Americas Prize, the Lawrence Foundation Prize, the Arts Foundation of Toronto Writing and Publishing Award, and Dora Award finalist. Her fellowships include Guggenheim, McDowell and Rockefeller (Bellagio). In 2001 she was an awardee of both the YWCA Woman of Distinction (Arts) and the Elizabeth Fry Rebels for a Cause awards. She has been Writer-in-Residence at several universities and a guest at writers’ retreats.

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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