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Pivot on February 10th:Madhur Anand, Trevor Cole, Lana Pesch, and Kim Trainor

Pivot is experimenting a bit with spacing out our winter shows in the interest of season-avoidance. So, the next Pivot is happening three weeks after the last one, instead of the usual two. Hopefully this will not result in a bunch of sad Pivoteers piling into the Steady on Feb 3rd and seeing no poems nor stories.

Cast List:

Madhur Anand’s acclaimed debut collection of poems is A New Index for Predicting Catastrophes (McClelland & Stewart/Penguin Random House Canada, April 2015). Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in The Rusty Toque and The Walrus. She is a professor in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph.

Trevor Cole’s first two books — Norman Bray in the Performance of His Life and The Fearsome Particles — were both short-listed for the Governor General’s Literary Award and long-listed for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His third novel, Practical Jean, was nominated for the Rogers’ Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and won the Leacock Medal for Humour. Trevor’s latest novel, Hope Makes Love, has been called soulful, harrowing, graceful and full of life. He lives in Toronto.

Lana Pesch is a Saskatchewan born, Toronto-based writer and producer. Her debut short story collection, Moving Parts, was published in October 2015 by Arsenal Pulp Press. Lana’s writing has appeared in Elle Canada, Taddle Creek, 49th Shelf, and Little Bird Stories: Volumes I and II. She was long-listed for the 2014 CBC Short Story Prize, and won the Random House of Canada Creative Writing Award at the University of Toronto in 2012.

Over the years Kim Trainor has worked at a campus radio station, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, a biomedical library, and is currently a sessional lecturer at UBC. Her poetry has won the Gustafson Prize and the Malahat Review Long Poem Prize, and has appeared in the 2013 Global Poetry Anthology and The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2014. She lives in Vancouver. (tw: violence)

Pivot Readings at The Steady Cafe
Featuring Madhur Anand, Trevor Cole, Lana Pesch, and Kim Trainor
Wednesday, February 10th
8 PM
1051 Bloor St West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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Pivot on January 20th: Jean Marc Ah-Sen, James Lindsay, and Carolyn Smart

Pivot keeps moving unafraid into what we are told is the winter. We have three great readers on the twentieth, with debuting novelist Jean Marc Ah-Sen and debuting poet James Lindsay joined by the much-loved poet and professor Carolyn Smart.

Cast List:

Jean Marc Ah-Sen is the Toronto-based author of Grand Menteur, a novel about Mauritian street-gangs that the Globe and Mail included in their top 100 books of 2015 and which the National Post hailed as an “inventive escape from the conventional.” He is working on a second novel called The Lost Norman. (tw: violence, racial slurs)

James Lindsay has been a bookseller for more than a decade. He is also co-owner of Pleasence Records in Toronto, a record label specializing in post-punk, odd-pop and avant-garde sound pieces. His debut collection of poems, Our Inland Sea came out this fall from Wolsak & Wynn.

Carolyn Smart has written seven collections of poetry including Careen, Hooked, and The Way to Come Home. She is the founder of the Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers, poetry editor for McGill-Queen’s Press, and since 1989 has taught Creative Writing at Queen’s University. (tw: violence)

Pivot Readings at The Steady Cafe
Featuring Jean Marc Ah-Sen, James Lindsay, and Carolyn Smart.
Wednesday, January 20th
8 PM
1051 Bloor St West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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Pivot’s Year Opener on January 6th: Derek McCormack, Andy McGuire & Jane Munro

Pivot hopes you had a fun and relaxing whatevers with your friends and maybe family. But time moves forward, and soon it’ll be January and time to start up again for the winter. The traditions of Great Big Pivots to kick off the season continue with local hero Derek McCormack, debuting Coach House poet Andy McGuire, and reigning (reigning? I’m going to say “reigning”, I like how it sounds…) Griffin laureate Jane Munro.

Cast List

Derek McCormack is a writer who lives in Toronto. His books include The Show that Smells, Grab Bag, The Haunted Hillbilly, and most recently The Well-Dressed Wound, out last year from Semiotext(e). (TWs: Sexual violence, illness)

Andy McGuire is from Grand Bend and currently resides in Toronto. He is pursuing an MFA in creative writing from the University of Guelph. McGuire’s poems have appeared in Riddle Fence, Hazlitt and The Walrus. His first collection, Country Club, came out in the fall from Coach House.

Jane Munro’s previous books include Active Pass (Pedlar Press, 2010), Point No Point (McClelland & Stewart, 2006) and Grief Notes & Animal Dreams (Brick Books, 1995). Her work has received the Bliss Carman Poetry Award, the Macmillan Prize for Poetry, been nominated for the Pat Lowther Award, and is included in The Best Canadian Poetry 2013. She is a member of the collaborative group Yoko’s Dogs  whose first book, Whisk, was published by Pedlar Press in 2013. Her most recent collection, Blue Sonoma (Brick), won the 2015 Griffin Prize for Canadian Poetry. (TWs: Illness-Alzheimer’s/Dementia)

Pivot Readings at The Steady Cafe
Featuring Derek McCormack, Andy McGuire, and Jane Munro
Wednesday, January 6th
8 PM
1051 Bloor St West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

 

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Pivot on December 2nd: Jonathan Ball, Laura Clarke, and Amina Farah

After seventeen shows and fifty-eight readings, Pivot closes down its 2015 with a trio of writers emerging and established, local and visiting. We have Manitoban trickster figure Jonathan Ball, Torontonian prose writer Amina Farah, and debuting ex-Bronwen Wallace winner Laura Clarke. Last chance to Pivot until after the holidays.

Cast List:

Jonathan Ball holds a Ph.D. in English and teaches literature, film, and writing at the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg. He is the author of the poetry books Ex Machina, Clockfire, and The Politics of Knives, and the co-editor of Why Poetry Sucks: An Anthology of Humorous Experimental Poetry. Visit him online at JonathanBall.com, where he writes about writing the wrong way.

Laura Clarke is the author of Decline of the Animal Kingdom (ECW, 2015). You can find her poetry, criticism and other writing in publications like The National Post, PRISM International, Riddle Fence, Grain and The Puritan. She is the 2013 winner of the Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers from the Writers’ Trust of Canada. She’s from Hamilton and now lives in Toronto.

Amina Farah is a Somali-Canadian writer who has roots in Nairobi, Vancouver and now calls Toronto home. She has worked as a youth worker and educator in communities across Canada, participated in Diaspora Dialogues Emerging Writers Program, and completed a MFA in creative writing at the University of Guelph.

Pivot Readings at The Steady Cafe
Featuring Jonathan Ball, Laura Clarke, and Amina Farah.
Wednesday, December 2nd
8 PM
1051 Bloor St West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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Pivot on November 18th: Faith Vanessa Arkorful, Matt Cahill, Maureen Hynes, and Karen Solie

Pivot moves ahead into November with confidence and high hopes. We have some of our very favourite people in the room this time, along with some new names that we think you will really love. Come by around eight.

Cast List:

Faith Vanessa Arkorful has been published in NOWHEARTHIS!’s anthology of student writing The Barracuda and Young Voices. She was the first-runner up in Echolocation’s 2013 The Chase Chapbook Contest. She lives in Toronto. (TW: Alcohol/Drug Abuse)

Matt Cahill is a Toronto writer. His debut novel, the literary thriller The Society of Experience was released in the fall of 2015 and was picked as one of the top must-reads of the season by Harper’s Bazaar magazine. He has contributed essays to Ryeberg, blogTO and Torontoist, and his short stories have appeared with Found Press and The Rusty Toque. Matt worked for twenty years in the film and television industry before training to become a psychotherapist. He now has a private practice and is a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. Matt reads highfalutin books of all sorts, plays intermediate soccer, and occasionally drums.

Maureen Hynes’s first book of poetry, Rough Skin, won the League of Canadian Poets’ Gerald Lampert Award for best first book of poetry by a Canadian. Subsequent collections are Harm’s Way from Brick Books, Marrow, Willow and her most recent, The Poison Colour, both from Pedlar Press. She is a winner of the Petra Kenney Poetry Prize (London, England), and her poems have been included in Best Canadian Poems in English (2010), and twice longlisted for the CBC Canada Reads poetry contest. Maureen is poetry editor for Our Times magazine.

Karen Solie was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. She is the author of four collections of poems including Pigeon, which won the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Pat Lowther Award, and the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. She was International Writer-in-Residence at the University of St. Andrews in 2011, and is an Associate Director for the Banff Centre’s Writing Studio program. Her poems have been published in the U.S., the U.K., and Europe, and have been translated into French, German, Korean, and Dutch. Her first U.K. edition, The Living Option: Selected Poems, was published in 2013. Her newest is The Road In Is Not The Same Road Out, published in Canada by House of Anansi.

Pivot Readings at The Steady Cafe
Featuring Faith Vanessa Arkorful, Matt Cahill, Maureen Hynes, and Karen Solie
Wednesday, November 18th
8 PM
1051 Bloor St West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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Pivot on November 4th: Best Canadian Poetry 2015 Contributors Chad Campbell, Elena Johnson, Cara-Lyn Morgan, and Catriona Wright

Pivot is happy to join in the festivities surrounding the launch of the 2015 edition of Best Canadian Poetry in English. We’ve gathered together four contributors to this year’s anthology to read their selected work and more, including local favourites Catriona Wright and Cara-Lyn Morgan, BCer Elena Johnson, and recently returned Iowan MFAer Chad Campbell. Copies of the anthology will be on sale from our friends at Tightrope Books.

Cast List:

A finalist for the 2013 Malahat Long Poem Prize, Chad Campbell’s poetry has appeared in Maisonneuve and Arc, among other magazines. Originally from Toronto, he is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and lives and teaches in Iowa. His first collection, Laws & Locks, came out this year from Vehicule Press/Signal Editions.

Elena Johnson has been a finalist for the CBC Literary Awards and the Alfred G. Bailey Poetry Prize. Her first book of poetry, Field Notes for the Alpine Tundra (Gaspereau, 2015), was written at a remote ecology research station in the Yukon. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including The Fiddlehead, ARC, Lemon Hound and Best Canadian Poetry in English 2015. She lives in Vancouver.

Cara-Lyn Morgan was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and her family has been on the Canadian prairies for many generations. Her Metis mother hails from Spiritwood, SK and her father came to Saskatchewan as a young immigrant from Trinidad, She is a working writer and painter and a graduate of the University of Victoria?s Creative Writing program. Her work has appeared in a variety of national literary magazines. She lives in the Toronto, ON area. What Became My Grieving Ceremony, her first book, came out from Thistledown Press.

Catriona Wright is a writer, editor, and teacher. Her short stories and poems have appeared in Event, The New QuarterlyJoyland, Lemon HoundPRISM International, and elsewhere. In 2014, a selection of her poems won Matrix Magazine’s LitPop Award. She is an associate poetry editor for The Puritan.

Pivot Readings at The Steady Cafe
Featuring Chad Campbell, Elena Johnson, Cara-Lyn Morgan, and Catriona Wright
Wednesday, November 4th
8 PM
1051 Bloor St West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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Pivot on October 21st: Méira Cook, Kevin Hardcastle, & George Murray

Pivot moves into the middle of its fall session with some new books and some visitors. We bring you retired bookninja George Murray, multi-disciplinary writer and poet Meira Cook, and exceptionally well-bearded Kevin Hardcastle, a part of the extraordinary fiction line-up from Biblioasis. Come and be autumnal.

Cast List:

Méira Cook has published five poetry collections, most recently Monologue Dogs (Brick).  She won the CBC Poetry Prize in 2007 and the inaugural Walrus Poetry Prize in 2012. Her first novel, The House on Sugarbush Road (Enfield & Wizenty), won the McNally Robinson Manitoba Book of the Year Award in 2013. Her latest novel is  Nightwatching (HarperCollins).

Kevin Hardcastle studied writing at the University of Toronto and at Cardiff University. His stories have been published widely in Canada and the US, and have twice been published in the Journey Prize Stories anthology. His first book, a collection of stories called Debris, was published by Biblioasis this fall. His novel, In the Cage, will also be published by Biblioasis, likely in fall 2016. (TW: Violence, Drug or Alcohol Abuse, Illness (Bodily), Illness (Mental))

George Murray is the author of six books of poetry, including Diversion (ECW, 2015), one best-selling book of aphorisms, and one book for children. His poems have appeared widely in Canadian, American, British, European magazines and he is the Poet Laureate of St. John’s, Newfoundland, where he lives with his wife, novelist Elisabeth de Mariaffi and their combined brood of four children.

Pivot Readings at The Steady Cafe
Featuring Meira Cook, Kevin Hardcastle, & George Murray
Wednesday, October 21st
8 PM
1051 Bloor St West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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