Monthly Archives: January 2019

Pivot on January 30th- Tom, Kreuter and Boyle

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Still waiting for a good excuse to brave the cold? Bundle up and come join us Wednesday, January 30th to welcome Nazbah Tom, Aaron Kreuter and Frances Boyle!

Nazbah Tom is a queer Diné. They believe we are always moving towards healing and their work supports that process using somatic theory, practice, and hands on bodywork. As a writer their work focuses on poetry, prose, and film. They are a part of a few anthologies and online journals. They do their best to capture poems and stories haunting them at all hours of the day. As a guest on this land in Tkaronto, their goal is to continue to build community and power with local Indigenous folks who have taken care of this land for thousands of years.

Aaron Kreuter is the author of the poetry collection Arguments for Lawn Chairs, and the short story collection, You and Me, Belonging, which came out this past fall. He teaches and dissertates at York University. He lives in Toronto.

Frances Boyle is the author of one previous book, the poetry collection Light-carved Passages, as well as a chapbook, Portal Stones, which won the Tree Reading Series chapbook contest. Her writing has also received the Diana Brebner Prize and awards in The Great Canadian Literary Hunt. She has pub­lished work in literary magazines throughout Canada and in the United States as well as in anthologies with themes as varied as the films of Alfred Hitchcock and form poetry. Raised on the Canadian prairies, Frances lived on the West Coast for 12 years and now makes her home in Ottawa with her partner, Tim Stanley; they have two grown daughters and a large standard poodle who believes he is a lap dog.

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 Michelle Brown & Canisia Lubrin.

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Pivot on January 16th- Polyck-O’Neill, Schmaltz and Bernier-Cormier

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New year, same fabulous reading series! To ring in 2019, we’re hosting the first Pivot of the season on Wednesday, January 16th, featuring Julia Polyck- O’Neill, Eric Schmaltz and Dominique Bernier-Cormier.

Julia Polyck-O’Neill is an artist, curator, critic, and writer. Her writing has been published in B.C. Studies, Feminist Spaces, Tripwire, Touch the Donkey, Fermenting Feminisms (a project of the Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology, curated by Lauren Fournier), The Avant Canada Anthology (WLU Press, forthcoming 2018), and other places. She has published two chapbooks, Everything will be taken away (2018) and f*mm* (2016), both with above/ground press. She currently lives in Toronto, where she is completing her SSHRC-funded PhD in Interdisciplinary Humanities.

Eric Schmaltz is the writer of Surfaces, a book of visual poetry and text-art published in May 2018 by Invisible Publishing. His creative work has appeared in periodicals such as The Berkeley Poetry Review, Jacket2, and The Capilano Review and has been featured in galleries in the United States and Canada. Eric’s work was most recently exhibited as part of the symposium for the Philadelphia Avant-Garde Studies Consortium at the University of Pennsylvania. He lives and teaches in Toronto.

Dominique Bernier-Cormier was born in Quebec but grew up in Moscow, Paris and Beijing. His poems have been shortlisted for Arc’s Poem of the Year Award, a National Magazine Award and the Puritan’s Thomas Morton Prize, and he won the Fiddlehead’s Ralph Gustafson Prize in 2017. His first book, Correspondent, was published in fall 2018 by icehouse (Goose Lane Editions). He is currently working on a book of poems about his Acadian ancestor who escaped jail by wearing his wife’s clothes.

Just like last year, 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 Michelle Brown & Canisia Lubrin.

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