Pivot is excited to keep it moving into February with three distinct voices for the middle of the winter. Mike Knox is a local favourite poet now turned to fiction, D.S. Stymeist brings a first book with him built on a career spent thinking about poems, and Dwayne Morgan is one of the very best spoken word artists Canada has ever produced. Come get warmed.
Michael Knox’s new novel is Harshly Purring, from Now or Never. He has two previous books, Play Out the Match (2006) and The North End Poems (2008), and his work has appeared in a range of literary journals and magazines. He lives with his wife in Toronto.
Dwayne Morgan began his career as a performer in 1993. In 2014, he received the Renaissance Planet Africa Award for Career Achievement, and was acknowledged by the Ontario Black History Society as a Community Trailblazer, following up on his 2013 Scarborough Walk of Fame Induction. Morgan is a member of the Writers’ Union of Canada, a 2012 National Team Poetry Slam Champion, and four-time runner up. He has received both the African Canadian Achievement Award, and the Harry Jerome Award for Excellence in the Arts, and is the winner of 3 Canadian Urban Music Awards. In 2008, Morgan’s contribution to the Arts and Canadian society were recognized on the Legacy Black History Month poster. Meanwhile, Morgan has published 8 books, most recently his first children’s book, Before I was Born. Dwayne has collaborated or shared stages with many of Canada’s top artists including Russell Peters, Kardinal Offishal, Jully Black, Drake, and Nelly Furtado, and participating in festivities for Super Bowl 46, in Indianapolis, Indiana.
D.S. Stymeist has published poems and articles in many magazines and journals, and currently teaches crime writing, and indigenous literatures at Carleton University. He grew up a resident of O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation, is the editor and founder of the micro-press, Textualis, and is the current vice-president of VERSe Ottawa, which runs the annual poetry festival, VerseFest. Frontenac House has just released his debut book of poetry, The Bone Weir.
Pivot on February 8th
with Michael Knox, Dwayne Morgan, and D.S. Stymeist
1051 Bloor St West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)