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Pivot on February 28th- Lor, De Leon, Carter and Pierre

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Pivot is BACK this Thursday, February 28th with four powerhouse readers! ūü•äūüŹ†

Prathna Lor is a living poet. Their most recent chapbook, 7, 2, is now out from Knife Fork Books in Kensington Market. They write the love poems you’ve not yet written to yourself.

Adrian De Leon is an Abagatan (Southern) Ilokano writer and cultural educator from Manila by way of Scarborough. He teaches Philippine history and culture in classrooms, museums, and martial arts gyms. While finishing his PhD in History at the University of Toronto, he teaches in the Department of English at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Adrian’s first poetry collection, Rouge, was published by Mawenzi House in 2018. He has just completed his second poetry collection, barangay, and is at work on his first novel. With fellow east-side writers Téa Mutonji and Natasha Ramoutar, Adrian is editing a mixed-genre literary anthology of emerging Scarborough writers.

Kern Carter is a 2x author of a novella Thoughts of a Fractured Soul and his most recent novel titled Beauty Scars. His C.R.Y blog touches on the emotional struggle faced by writers and other creatives. His goal is to inspire readers and impress his fellow writers.

Terese Pierre is a writer, editor and organizer based in Toronto. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Hart House Review, Bad Nudes, Verdancies Journal, Cosmonauts Avenue and Train: A Poetry Journal, among others. She has been a submissions curator and editor of the Toronto Public Library’s Young Voices Magazine, and the University of Toronto’s Spectatorial, and she is currently the poetry editor of Augur Magazine, a Canadian speculative and surrealism literature and art magazine. In September, Terese became a co-host of Shab-e She’r, a poetry reading series that emphasises diversity in all forms, and this spring, she will become a co-organizer of Slant, a reading series that emphasizes social justice. Terese lives in Toronto with her family and cat.

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 Colistro & Canisia Lubrin.

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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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Pivot on December 19th: Pivot and the Unpublished City Volume II

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It’s a VSP (very special Pivs) to tie up a very special season thus far!

We’re lucky to have 12 contributors from The Unpublished City Volume II (Book*hug, 2018) which features work by Jennifer Tamanique Batler, DM St. Bernard, Lue Boileau, Angela Britto, Fathima Cader, Rachel Chen, Aylan Couchie, Nehal El-Hadi, Ryanne Kap, Emily Macrae, T√©a Mutonji, E. Martin Nolan, Oubah Osman, Deepa Rajagopalan, Natasha Ramoutar, Wayne Salmon, Zoe Imani Sharpe, Leanne Toshiko Simpson and Julia Zarankin. Foreword by Tracey Lindberg.

Join us Wednesday, December 19th at the Tranzac Club for a series of short readings & conversation. We’re thrilled to welcome the following readers:

Emily Macrae
Rachel Chen
Leanne Toshiko Simpson
Lue Boileau
Fathima Cader
Natasha Ramoutar
Nehal El-Hadi
Ryanne Kyap:
Angela Britto
Deepa Rajagopalan
Ted Nolan
Tea Mutonji

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 December 5th- Benaway, Leung, Wilmot and Philip

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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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Pivot on November 21st- Berger, Ramji + Sharpe

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Check out these red hot titles! For our next Pivot on Wednesday, November 21st, we’re welcoming Tamara Faith Berger, Shazia Hafiz Ramji, and Cason Sharpe to the Tranzac club.

Tamara Faith Berger was born in Toronto. She published her first book, Lie with Me, in 1999, and it was made into a film in 2004. In 2001, A Woman Alone at Night was published. These two novels were collected in Little Cat. Her third book, Maidenhead, won the 2012 Believer Book Award. She is also the author of Kuntalini and is writing for film and television.

Shazia Hafiz Ramji’s first book, Port of Being, received the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry (Invisible Publishing, October 2018). She was a finalist for the National Magazine Awards and the Alberta Magazine Awards, and her poetry and fiction have appeared in Best Canadian Poetry 2018 and The Humber Literary Review, respectively. Her criticism has appeared in venues such as Canadian Literature, Quill & Quire, and the Chicago Review of Books. Shazia has appeared on CBC North by Northwest and will be a writer in residence with Open Book in spring 2019. She lives on unceded Coast Salish land (Vancouver).

Cason Sharpe is a writer currently based in Toronto. His fiction and criticism has appeared in Canadian Art, PRISM International, C Magazine, The Hart House Review, and GUTS Canadian Feminist Magazine, among others. His first collection of short stories, Our Lady of Perpetual Realness, was released by Metatron in 2017.

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 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 Geist, The New Quarterly, Joyland, Grain and Room. Her poems have appeared in Prism International, Prairie Fire, Fiddlehead, 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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