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Pivot on May 17- Buffam, French and Sinclair


Time flies when you’re what’s happening in literature right now. After a season filled with breathtaking talent, we have reached our very LAST Pivot of the season!

Join us on Thursday, May 17th for our grand finale, featuring Suzanne Buffam, Whitney French and Safiya Sinclair.

Suzanne Buffam was born in Montreal and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. She earned an MA in English literature from Concordia University in Montreal, and an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently A Pillow Book, which was named one of the ten Best Poetry Books of 2016 by The New York Times. Her other books are The Irrationalist, a finalist for the 2011 Griffin Poetry Prize, and Past Imperfect, winner of Canada’s 2006 Gerald Lampert Award. She has lived in Chicago since 2003.

Whitney French is storyteller and a multi-disciplinary artist. She is a certified arts educator who has executed over 100 workshops in schools, community centres, prisons, group-homes and First Nations’ reserves. Her debut collection 3 Cities was self-published in April 2012. Additionally, her writing has been published in Descant Magazine and anthologized in The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry. Whitney French is also the founder and co-editor and of the nation-wide publication From the Root Zine. She writes in trees often.

Safiya Sinclair was born and raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica. She is the author of Cannibal (University of Nebraska Press, 2016), winner of a Whiting Writers’ Award, the Addison M. Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Poetry, the 2017 Phillis Wheatley Book Award in Poetry, the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry, and selected as one of the American Library Association’s “Notable Books of the Year.”
Sinclair received her MFA in poetry at the University of Virginia, and is currently a PhD candidate in literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California.

Meet us in the Tiki Room of the Tranzac Club. Doors at 8, words at ~8:30, PWYC (suggested donation $5!). As always, Pivot is hosted by Canisia Lubrin and Michelle Brown Colistro at an inclusive & accessible venue!


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Pivot on May 3- Venart, Rhodes and Yee


Our next Pivot will be a BIG MOOD, so mark your calendars for Thursday May 3rd! We’ll be hosting the brilliant and talented Sarah Venart, Shane Rhodes and Sennah Yee!

Sarah Venart used to write under her initials, S.E., but screw that. Sarah’s writing has been published in Numero Cinq, Concrete and River, New Quarterly, Malahat Review, Fiddlehead, This Magazine, Prism International and on CBC Radio. She is the author two books: Neither Apple Nor Pear/Weder Apfel Noch Birne and Woodshedding. A new collection, I am the Big Heart, is coming out soon-ish. Sarah lives in Montreal and teaches at John Abbott College.

Shane Rhodes is the author of six books of poetry, including his most recent Dead White Men (2017, Coach House Books). Other titles include Err, which was nominated for the City of Ottawa Book Award in 2012, X, which created poetry out of Canada’s post-Confederation treaties, and The Wireless Room, which won the Alberta Book Award. Shane has also been awarded the National Magazine Gold Award for Poetry as well as the P. K. Page Founder’s Award for Poetry. Shane lives in Ottawa.

Sennah Yee is from Toronto. She writes poetry, writes about films, and writes poetry about films. Her debut poetry/non-fiction collection, HOW DO I LOOK?, was published by Metatron Press in 2017. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Cinema & Media Studies at York University, focusing her research on gendered robot design in media and technology. She is the Arts Editor at Shameless, a magazine for young women and trans youth; and co-Editor and contributor to The Fuck of the Century, a web-based pop culture journal.

Meet us in the Tiki Room of the Tranzac Club. Doors at 8, words at ~8:30, PWYC (suggested donation $5!). As always, Pivot is hosted by Canisia Lubrin and Michelle Brown Colistro at an inclusive & accessible venue!

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Pivot on April 19- Richardson, Latosik + Howell

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Can we talk about the stunning jackets for our next Pivot? Go ahead and judge us by these covers!

Join us on Thursday, April 19th in the Tiki Room at the Tranzac Club to buy a copy for yourself, and listen to Robin Richardson, Jeff Latosik and Stevie Howell!

Robin Richardson is Editor-in-Chief at Minola Review. Her work has appeared in Salon, Poetry Magazine, The Walrus, and Tin House, among others. She holds an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Richardson’s latest collection, Sit How You Want, is out now with Véhicule Press.

Jeff Latosik’s third full-length collection of poetry, Dreampad, was released in March of 2018. He is also the author of Helium Ear, a chapbook from Anstruther Press. He’s the former poetry editor of the Humber Literary Review and is a current Collective Member of InkWell Workshops. 

Stevie Howell is an Irish-Canadian writer & editor. Stevie’s work has appeared in Prairie SchoonerThe Michigan Quarterly Review, & Gigantic Sequins. Their second book of poetry, I left nothing inside on purpose, was just released from McClelland & Stewart. Stevie Howell is the poetry editor at THIS Magazine, & is an MFA candidate in creative writing at NYU.

Doors at 8, words at ~ 8:30. Hosted by the beautiful and talented @michellebrown and @canisialubrin. PWYC at the door (suggested donation $5). As always, the Tranzac Club is an accessible & inclusive venue.

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Pivot on April 5 – Konchan, Bramer + Couture

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It’s 50 Shades of Pivot on THURSDAY April 5th! That’s right, from now on we’ll be coming to you live every second Thursday at the Tranzac Club.
To kick off our first Pivot Thursday, we have three authors (with three beautifully moody book covers) that we’re super excited to share with you:

Virginia Konchan is the author of a collection of poetry, The End of Spectacle (Carnegie Mellon, 2018), a collection of short stories, Anatomical Gift (Noctuary Press, 2017), and two chapbooks, including That Tree is Mine (dancing girl press, 2017). Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, and Best New Poets, and her honours include an NEH fellowship and an Illinois Arts Council Award. Co-founder of Matter, a journal of poetry and political commentary, and Associate Editor for Tupelo Quarterly, she teaches at Marist College.

Shannon Bramer a poet and playwright. Precious Energy (Book*hug, September 2017) is her forth book of poetry. Her plays (Monarita, The Collectors and The Hungriest Woman in the World) have appeared in juried festivals across the country, among them: New Ideas (Toronto) The Women’s Work Festival (St.John’s) and Sarasvati FemFest (Winnipeg). A full production of The Hungriest Woman in the World premiered at Theatre Passe Muraille in December 2017, with PENCIL KIT PRODUCTIONS. An illustrated collection of poems for young children, entitled Climbing Shadows, is forthcoming from Groundwood Books in 2019.

Dani Couture is the author of several collections of poetry and the novel Algoma (Invisible Publishing). Couture’s work has been nominated for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry, received an honour of distinction from the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Dayne Ogilvie Prize for Emerging LGBTQ Writers, and won the ReLit Award for Poetry. Her new collection of poetry, Listen Before Transmit, was published by Wolsak and Wynn in March.

We’re still at the Tiki Room in the Tranzac Club (first door to your left).
Doors at 8, first reader on around 8:30.
PWYC (Suggested $5)
The Tranzac is an accessible & inclusive venue
Hosted by Michelle Brown Colistro & Canisia Lubrin

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Pivot on March 7- Morgan, Păpucaru, Trites


* This reading series is taking reading week off! There will be no Pivot tonight (Feb 21) so make sure to join us in March for this knockout show. 

We have three authors coming from near + far to kick off the spring season – and it’s gonna be bright, folks. 💐

CARA-LYN MORGAN was born in the thick of winter on the Saskatchewan prairie. A seventh generation Metis on her mother’s side, and a first generation Canadian on her Trinidadian-born father’s side, her work often explores the parallels of colonialism existing between these distinct cultures. She graduated from the University of Victoria’s Creative Writing Program, and currently lives in the Toronto area. What Became My Grieving Ceremony is her first book-length collection and was released by Thistledown Press in 2014. Her second collection, Cartograph, explores healing through a variety of physical and emotional landscapes.

Rebecca Păpucaru’s first poetry collection The Panic Room was a finalist for the A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry (Quebec Writers Federation). Poems have appeared in ARC, The New Quarterly, The Malahat Review, The Literary Review of Canada, and EVENT, among others, as well as Canadian Ginger (Oolichan Books, 2017), I Found It at the Movies: An Anthology of Film Poems (Guernica Editions, 2014), and The Best Canadian Poetry in English.

Lesley Trites is the author of the story collection A Three-Tiered Pastel Dream (Véhicule Press, 2017). Her writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books, Maisonneuve, AFAR, carte blanche and Tupelo Quarterly. Winner of the 2016 3Macs carte blanche Prize, she lives in Montreal, where she is the associate editor of the Montreal Review of Books.

Come find us at the Tiki Room in the Tranzac Club (first door to your left). 
Doors at 8, first reader on around 8:30.
PWYC (Suggested $5)
The Tranzac is an accessible & inclusive venue
Hosted by Michelle Brown & Canisia Lubrin

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Pivot on Feb 7 – Kirby, Mah, Shelstad


Come celebrate what’s good in CanLIt with these three warm, wildly talented readers and their colour-coordinated books! 🌸🔵

Note: There will be no Pivot Wednesday, Jan 31st.

Jeff Kirby’s newest is She’s Having a Doris Day (Knife From Book, 2017). Earlier chapbooks include Simple Enough, Cock & Soul, Bob’s boy, and The world is fucked and sometimes beautiful. Their work appears in numerous anthologies beginning with the letter Q, and most recently online at The Rusty Toque, Matrix Magazine and bandcamp/jeffkirby. Kirby is the owner/publisher of knife | fork | book.
Melanie Mah is a writer in Toronto who was born and raised in Alberta. Her debut novel, The Sweetest One, won the 2017 Trillium Book Award, and her work has been published in Prism International and Ricepaper. She is currently at work on an intergenerational memoir.
Sam Shelstad is a writer from London, Ontario. His stories have appeared in The New Quarterly, Prism International, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, among others. He was longlisted for the 2014 CBC Short Story Prize. Of his debut collection Cop House (Nightwood Editions, 2017), Quill and Quire said, “reads like something out of George Saunders. It is precisely this blend of humour and pathos that give Shelstad’s stories their disarming power.” Sam lives in Toronto.

Hosted by Michelle Brown & Canisia Lubrin
Doors at 8!
PWYC (Suggested $5)
The Tranzac is an accessible & inclusive venue.

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Pivot on Jan 17 – Apostolides, Guenther, Morissette

Dreary weather makes the Tranzac even cozier – join Marianne Apostolides, Faye Chisholm Guenther & Guillaume Morissette for a Pivot to remember. 💛


Marianne Apostolides is the author of six books, three of which have been translated. Her latest book, Deep Salt Water, is a surrealistic memoir about loss, abortion, and the oceans. Apostolides is a recipient of the Chalmers Arts Fellowship, and the winner of the 2017 K.M. Hunter Award for Literature.

Faye Chisholm Guenther has published short fiction in literary journals including Joyland and Plenitude. In 2017, Junction Books published her chapbook, Flood Lands. Faye lives in Toronto where she teaches English and Literary Studies at Sheridan College.

Guillaume Morissette is the author of The Original Face (Véhicule Press, 2017), one of The Globe and Mail’s best books for 2017, and New Tab (Véhicule, 2014), a finalist for the 2015 First Novel Award. New Tab was also translated and published in French (Éditions du Boréal, 2016). His work has appeared in Maisonneuve Magazine, Vice, Electric Literature, The Millions, The Walrus, Nouveau Projet, Funhouse Magazine, The Quietus and many other publications. He lives in Montreal.

Hosted by Canisia Lubrin & Michelle Brown

PWYC (suggested $5)
Doors at 8
The Tranzac is an accessible and inclusive venue

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