Pivot on March 21- Dixon, Sinaee, Johnstone + Botha

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We have a jam-packed, superstar line up for our second March Pivot! 💫

Beau Dixon is a multi-award winning actor, playwright, composer, director, and producer. His writing credits include Once A Flame, From Here To Africville (Factory Theatre), Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story (Thousand Islands/Firebrand Theatre/Lunchbox Theatre/Theatre Collingwood), which received three DORA nominations and was awarded for best new play and best individual performance, two Calgary Critic’s nominations (winning for best solo performance), and a Betty Mitchell nomination. Dixon is also a KM Hunter Award Finalist. He has four solo albums and was recently inducted into Peterborough’s Pathway of Fame for his leadership in the arts. See more at beaudixon.com.

Bardia Sinaee was born in Tehran, Iran, and lives in Toronto. His poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in The Fiddlehead, Maisonneuve, The Walrus, as well as the anthologies Best of the Best Canadian Poetry in English (Tightrope Books, 2017) and Another Dysfunctional Cancer Poem (Mansfield Press, 2018). He will be selling copies of a new chapbook, Salamander Festival.

Jim Johnstone is a Canadian poet, editor, and critic. He’s the author of five books of poetry, including The Chemical Life (Véhicule Press, 2017), Dog Ear (Véhicule Press, 2014). He’s also the recipient of a CBC Literary Award, The Fiddlehead’s Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize, and Poetry’s Editors Prize for Book Reviewing. Johnstone is currently the poetry editor at Palimpsest Press, and an associate editor at Representative Poetry Online. He lives in Toronto.

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Danila Botha is a fiction writer based in Toronto. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, she has also lived in Israel, and in Nova Scotia. Her first collection of short stories, Got No Secrets, was praised by the Globe and Mail, the Chronicle Herald and the Cape Town Times. Her debut novel, Too Much on the Inside, was shortlisted for the 2016 ReLit award, and won a Book Excellence Award for Contemporary Novel. Her critically acclaimed sophomore collection of short stories, For All the Men (and Some of the Women)I’ve Known was named a finalist for the 2017 Trillium Awards and the Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Guelph University. She is also working on her second novel and on a new collection of short stories.

We’re 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 March 7- Morgan, Păpucaru, Trites

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* 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

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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. 💛
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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 Amazon.ca 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

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Doors at 8
The Tranzac is an accessible and inclusive venue

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Pivot on Jan 3rd – Kolewe, Sampson, Sutherland, Westhead

 

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We’re back in biz, folks. Come hear Ralph Kolewe, Mark Sampson, Kate Sutherland and Jessica Westhead kick off another year of Pivot.

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Kate Sutherland’s first collection of poems, How to Draw a Rhinoceros, was shortlisted for a Creative Writing Book Award by the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment. Her work has appeared in Best Canadian Poetry 2016 and is forthcoming in Best American Experimental Writing 2018. She is host and producer of the podcast On the Line: Conversations About Poetry. She lives in Toronto, where she teaches at Osgoode Hall Law School.

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Ralph Kolewe lives in Toronto, where he shares a house with a cat named Charlotte. He has published two books of poetry, Afterletters (BookThug 2014) and Inspecting Nostalgia (Talon Books 2017).

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Jessica Westhead’s fiction has been shortlisted for the CBC Literary Awards, selected for
the Journey Prize anthology, and nominated for a National Magazine Award. She is the author of the novel Pulpy & Midge (Coach House Books, 2007) and the critically acclaimed short story collection And Also Sharks (Cormorant Books, 2011), which was a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book and a finalist for the Danuta Gleed Short Fiction Prize. Her new short story collection is called Things Not to Do.

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Mark Sampson is the author of five books: the novels The Slip (Dundurn Press, 2017), Sad Peninsula, (Dundurn Press, 2014), and Off Book (Norwood Publishing, 2007), the short story collection, The Secrets Men Keep (Now or Never Publishing, 2015), and the poetry collection, Weathervane, (Palimpsest Press, 2016). Mark has published many short stories and poems in literary journals across Canada, including in The New Quarterly, The Antigonish Review, PRISM international, The Nashwaak Review, The Puritan, This magazine, and FreeFall. He is a frequent book reviewer for Quill & Quire, Canadian Notes & Queries (CNQ) and other publications. Born and raised on Prince Edward Island, he currently lives and writes in Toronto.

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Thurs Dec 14 – Martinello, Hardcastle, Dolman, Ruthnum

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*This Pivot is on a Thursday!*

It’s the last Pivot of the year & it’s a doozy – Anita Dolman, Naben Ruthnum, Kevin Hardcastle & Domenica Martinello come together to raise glasses & voices to a year of great literature.

PLUS: We’ll set up a table at the back as an informal book swap. Bring one+, take one+!

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Anita Dolman’s poetry and fiction have appeared in journals and anthologies throughout North America, including Canadian Ginger, Matrix Magazine, On Spec, Grain, PRISM international and Triangulation: Lost Voices. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks, and was a finalist for the 2015 Alberta Magazine Award for fiction. Lost Enough (Morning Rain Publishing, 2017) is Anita’s debut short fiction collection.

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Kevin Hardcastle is a fiction writer from Simcoe County, Ontario. He was a finalist for the 2012 Journey Prize, and his stories have been published widely. Hardcastle’s debut short story collection, Debris, won the Trillium Book Award and the ReLit Award for Short Fiction. His novel, In the Cage, has recently been published by Biblioasis.

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Domenica Martinello, a poet from Montreal, was a finalist for the 2017 Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers and the winner of the carte blanche 3Macs prize. Currently completing an MFA in poetry at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, her debut collection, All Day I Dream About Sirens, is forthcoming with Coach House Books in 2019.

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Naben Ruthnum won the Journey Prize for his short fiction, has been a National Post books columnist, and has written books and cultural criticism for the Globe and Mail, Hazlitt, and the Walrus. His crime fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and Joyland, and his pseudonym Nathan Ripley’s first novel will appear in 2018. Ruthnum lives in Toronto.

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Doors at 8 PM.

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Pivot on Nov. 29 – Catherine Graham, Tajja Isen, and Concetta Principe

Catherine Graham, Tajja Isen, and Concetta Principe close out November in one of those Pivots that make you say ‘man, I should go to Pivot more often.’

Catherine Graham is the author of six poetry collections including The Celery Forest and the debut novel Quarry. Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects was a finalist for the Raymond Souster Award and CAA Award for Poetry. Winner of IFOA’s Poetry NOW, she teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies where she won an Excellence in Teaching Award. Published internationally, recent readings include the Seamus Heaney HomePlace, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, University of East London and Belfast’s Linen Hall Library. She lives in Toronto. www.catherinegraham.com@catgrahampoet

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Tajja Isen is a Toronto-based writer and voice actor. Her fiction has been published in The Malahat Review, The New Quarterly, Room, and was long listed for the 2015 CBC Short Story Prize. As an essayist, Tajja’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Electric Literature, Catapult, and Book Riot. A voice actor for sixteen years, she can be heard on such cartoons as The Berenstain Bears, Atomic Betty, and Super Why!, among others. She is currently completing a combined JD/MA in English and law at the University of Toronto.

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concetta principe writes prose poems, non-fiction, fiction and scholarly work. This Real, coming out with Pedlar Press this fall, is her fourth book of poetry, and, in being a project on love, is a sequel to Hiroshima: A Love (strike-out) War Story. She is Assistant Professor of English at Trent University.

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See you at the Tranzac Club (first door on your left) – this is an accessible venue.

Doors at 8
PWYC – suggested $5

 

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