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.
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.