22 Feb 2011, 12:50pm

Pivot Reading

I’m heading to Toronto shortly to read with the Pivot Readings Series at the Press Club (Wednesday, 8 p.m.). Featuring are Jon Paul Fiorentino Carolyn Smart and myself.

Jon Paul Fiorentino is a writer and editor. His first novel is Stripmalling (ECW, 2009) which was shortlisted for the 2009 Hugh MacLennan Award for Fiction. His most recent book of poetry is Indexical Elegies (Coach House Books, 2010). He is the author of the poetry books The Theory of the Loser Class (Coach House Books, 2006) which was shortlisted for the 2006 A.M. Klein Award for Poetry and Hello Serotonin (Coach House Books, 2004) and the humour book Asthmatica (Insomniac Press, 2005). His most recent editorial projects are the anthologies Career Suicide! Contemporary Literary Humour (DC Books, 2003) and Post-Prairie – a collaborative effort with Robert Kroetsch, (Talonbooks, 2005). He lives in Montreal where he is the Editor of Matrix magazine and Snare Books.

Carolyn Smart‘s fifth collection of poems, Hooked – Seven Poems, was published in 2009 by Brick Books. An excerpt from her memoir At the End of the Day (Penumbra Press, 2001) won first prize in the 1993 CBC Literary Contest. She is the founder of the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers, and since 1989 she has taught Creative Writing and Contemporary Canadian Poetry at Queen’s University.

Pearl Pirie writes from Ottawa. Her collection been shed bore (Chaudiere Books, 2010) (www.beenshedbore.com) chapbooks include over and chapbooks, my dead corpus (AngelHouse, 2010) and boathouse (above/ground, 2008) are in tree-print. She blogs at pesbo, Humanyms, and a few other places. Poems have appeared thru dandelion, ditch, Dusie, This Magazine, PRECIPICe, 1cent, Ottawater, unarmed, Peter F Yacht Club, pooka press and gar.

Quote: On interviewing: “as long as you’re interested, we’ll have a great conversation. if you’ll truly curious about your subject you’re going to unearth a sort of essence of them but if you go in with questions and ideas of what you want you’ll never get anything from the subject.” ~ Andrew Zucherman on advice given to him for his Wisdom Project

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