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Pivot on Oct 4th – Dunic, O’Connell, Hernandez, Smith


Welcoming travelling favourites Leanne Dunic and Danez Smith and local favourites Catherine Hernandez and Grace O’Connell – you’ll want to come early and stay late for this one. 🌻

Oct 4 @ the Tranzac Club (292 Brunswick Ave)

Doors at 7:30, show at 8:30

PWYC (Suggested $5)

Hosted by Canisia Lubrin & Michelle Brown


Leanne Dunic is a multidisciplinary artist, musician, and writer. Her work has won several honours, including the 2015 Alice Munro Short Story Contest, and has appeared in magazines and anthologies in Canada and abroad. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Leanne is the Artistic Director of the Powell Street Festival Society and is the singer/guitarist of The Deep Cove. To Love the Coming End is her first book. Learn more at


Catherine Hernandez is a theatre practitioner and award-winning author. She is the author of M is for Mustache: A Pride ABC Book (Flamingo Rampant) and the novel Scarborough (Arsenal Pulp Press) which won the 2015 ACWW Emerging Writers Award for Fiction for the unpublished manuscript. She is the Artistic Director of b current performing arts.


Grace O’Connell is the author of Magnified World, which was a national bestseller, and her new novel, Be Ready for the Lightning, was published by Random House in early June 2017. She writes a books column for This Magazine and her work has appeared in various publications and anthologies
including The Walrus, the Globe and Mail, Taddle Creek, CBC, The Journey Prize Stories, as well as various lifestyle and literary publications across Canada. Grace has been nominated for national magazine awards and the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for her fiction, and she was the recipient of the 2014 Canadian Authors Association Emerging Writer Award. Grace lives in Toronto, where she teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto and works as the Senior Editor for Open Book.


Danez Smith is a Black, queer, poz writer, and internationally touring performer from St. Paul, MN. Danez is the author of [insert] boy (YesYes Books, 2014), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry, and Don’t Call Us Dead (Graywolf Press, 2017). Danez is also the author of two chapbooks, hands on your knees (2013, Penmanship Books) and black movie (2015, Button Poetry), winner of the Button Poetry Prize. They are the recipient of fellowships from the Poetry Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, and is a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow. Danez’s work has been featured widely, including on The New York Times, Buzzfeed, Blavity, PBS NewsHour, and on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. They are a 2-time Individual World Poetry Slam finalist, 3-time Rustbelt Poetry Slam Champion, and a founding member of the Dark Noise Collective. Danez is represented by Beotis Creative.


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Pivot Season Opener Sept 20th – Lynn Crosbie, Allison LaSorda & Natalie Wee



*Update: *Update: Due to unfortunate and unforeseen travel-related circumstances, Safiya won’t be able to make the opener. In happier news, Natalie Wee has kindly stepped in. Can’t wait to see you all!


Pivot’s season opener brings a new accessible venue (Tranzac Club’s Tiki Room) and a trio of writers we can’t believe we were lucky enough to book. Come early – with Natalie Wee, Lynn Crosbie and Allison LaSorda kicking off the 17/18 season it maaaay just be a sell-out. ✨


Lynn Crosbie is the author of _The Corpses of the Future_ (Anansi, 2017.)
It is a collection of poems named by, and about, her father’s serious illness.

She has written other collections, most recently, _Liar_ in 2009.

A novelist and Ph.D—who has taught at the AGO, the University of Toronto, SisterWrites and OCAD university—she is making a very slow, lateral move to photography.


Allison LaSorda holds an MFA from the University of Guelph and has received residency scholarships from the Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity and the Vermont Studio Center. Her writing appears in publications like PRISM international, Shenandoah, The Fiddlehead, Hazlitt, and others. Her first book, Stray, was published by icehouse poetry / Goose Lane Editions in 2017. She is currently at work on a short story collection.


Natalie Wee is the author of OUR BODIES & OTHER FINE MACHINES (Words Dance Publishing, 2016). Her work has been published or is forthcoming in The Adroit Journal, Drunken Boat, PRISM International, Maisonneuve, and more. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net Anthology 2016. Find more of her work at


Accessible Venue – Tranzac Club’s Tiki Room (292 Brunswick Ave)
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Doors @ 8
Beer etc. a’plenty

Hosted by Canisia Lubrin and Michelle Brown

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Pivot on May 3rd: Susan Holbrook, Sue Sinclair, Nick Thran & Phoebe Wang

Pivot’s second-to-last show celebrates the end of National Poetry Month with four poets. Susan Holbrook might be the funniest poet in Canada and she’s joined by Phoebe Wang’s exquisite debut and road-tripping East Coasters Sue Sinclair and Nick Thran.



Cast List:

Susan Holbrook’s poetry books are the Governor General’s Award-nominated Throaty Wipes (Coach House 2016), Trillium-nominated Joy Is So Exhausting (Coach House 2009) and misled (Red Deer 1999), which was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award and the Stephan G. Stephansson Award. She teaches North American literatures and Creative Writing at the University of Windsor. She recently published a textbook entitled How to Read (and Write About) Poetry (Broadview 2015) and is the co-editor of The Letters of Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson: Composition as Conversation (Oxford 2010). She lives in Leamington, Ontario.

Sue Sinclair is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently Heaven’s Thieves from Brick Books in 2016. She also recently completed a PhD in philosophy at the University of Toronto on the subject of beauty and ethics. In 2012 she was Writer-in-Residence at the University of New Brunswick, and in 2013 she served as the inaugural Critic-in-Residence for CWILA. Sue was raised in Newfoundland and is now based in Fredericton, New Brunswick, where she writes, edits and teaches.

Nick Thran is the author of three collections of poems: Every Inadequate Name, Earworm (winner of the 2012 Trillium Book Award for Poetry), and, most recently, Mayor Snow. Born in Prince George, British Columbia, Nick has lived and worked  in a variety of cities and towns across Canada, as well as in the United States and Spain. He now lives with his wife and daughter in Fredericton, NB, and works as a poetry editor for Brick Books.

Phoebe Wang was born in Ottawa and currently lives in Toronto, where she writes and teaches. She holds a BA in English from York University and a MA in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto. She is the author of two chapbooks, Occasional Emergencies (2013) and Hanging Exhibits (2016), and was the 2015 winner of Prism international‘s Poetry Contest. Admission Requirements is her debut collection of poetry, out recently from McClelland & Stewart.

Pivot on May 3rd
with Susan Holbrook, Sue Sinclair, Nick Thran & Phoebe Wang
8 PM
1051 Bloor St West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)

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