Monthly Archives: March 2010

April 7: Murder Folk night with Sean Dixon, Sandy Pool and Bob Wiseman

Pivot is very excited to announce a collaboration with local music project Murder Folk. The lovechile of local poet and musician Ryan Kamstra (who will also be co-hosting the event), Murder Folk Nights are a monthly music series set in a big ol haunted house, in the spirit of an old-timey community sing-song, dedicated to covering the gamut of extremely morbid material both traditional and popular.

On April 7 Murder Folk will descend on Pivot for a special, one-night-only musical literary hybrid campfire-style event, featuring writers Sandy Pool and Sean Dixon (who also plays a mean banjo) and local musician Bob Wiseman.

Everyone contributes to the band – whether singing, blowing the old jug, shaking the bells, clawing the washboard, or loud mumbles “O ya.” You can check out the songbook ahead of time, and bring your instrument or just something to make noise.

A little background from the Murder Folk Facebook group page: “Murder folk is a self-coined style of folk music where the sentiment and emotive quality grossly exceeds the subject matter, often dealing with subjects of killing your cheating lover, bank robberies, depression-era acts of amoral desperation, disaster capitalism, lewd and unholy courtships, suicide, insanity, bulimia, the dark arts, selling one’s soul to the devil, the apocalypse, morbid episodes of unrequited lovesickness, sex sickness, ultraviolence, murderific elisabethan broadsides, anything too much, too little but totally inappropriate and the ever present counterweight of a dire and vindictive personal deity.”

Author bios:

Sean Dixon is a playwright, novelist, actor screenwriter and banjo player. His plays have been produced all over Canada, the U.S, Australia and England. Sean’s first novel, The Girls Who Saw Everything (Coach House 2007) has been published all over the English speaking world and translated into Romanian. His second novel is forthcoming in the spring of 2011. He is the author of two books for young readers, The Feathered Cloak and The Winter Drey (Key Porter 2007, 2009), both set in 10th-Century Norway. A screenplay, Lake Michigan, is in development with Iranian film director Mani Haghighi (Men At Work) for US production in 2011. His story in Akashic’s 2008 Toronto Noir Collection, “Sic Transit Gloria at the Humber Loop,” introduced Plunk Henry, a stand-up bass player whose struggle to bring his obsessions and addictions under control has earned him a place in two new novels as well as the short story being read at the ‘Murder Folk’ Pivot event.

Sandy Pool is a writer and classically trained murderer who lives in Toronto.  Her man-slaughtering poems have been published in many literary journals including The Antigonish Review, The Capilano Review, Contemporary Verse 2, dandelion, The Fiddlehead,Grain, Sub-terrain, and anthologized in TOK 5: Writing The New Toronto. Her first book of poems about murder, Exploding Into Night, was released with Guernica Editions in 2009.

Wiseman is a nerve saw. One already gets damp hands, if in the player the play time for ‘itself; One OF Misery’ entblättert. Over nine minutes. Oh you fright! I can calm the bent reader down here however: The song is a song. That can sound oneself one from beginning to end. Wiseman plays The Beatles. Now and then the protagonist shows that it can sing. Farbtupfer, if itis smooth unisono with the others (‘ Passion Flowers’). But really only punctually. In ‘ Three Men’ outet itself it as”… stupid as A mule… “. One of three lovers of a woman. In music again habituation-needily.’ Theme and Variations’ is grenzwertig. Soul Striptease? Music for people, which go scientifically to such sound things near?’ The Henry of moorlands Room’ is beautiful. ‘ DEAD Inside’ would be beautiful as instrument valley. Wiseman’s voice disturbs.’ Kissproof’: The Bob accompanies itself at the piano and seems without micro to sing. What it is produced on the black and white keys well,very well.’ Theme and Variations’ is not everyone thing. I belong to and leave the fingers of a RockTimes clock evaluation.Finally I must watch that I get this packing again, or a last mark together… ”

Wednesday, April 7, 2010
8 p.m. at the Press Club
850 Dundas Street West
Hosted by Carey Toane and Ryan Kamstra
PWYC ($5 suggested)

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In case you missed it…

…you can access an audio archive of last week’s reading here.

Thanks to Zach for the heads up.

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March 24: Greg Gerke, Ken Sparling and Natalie Zina Walschots

Calling all lions: Pivot sashays out like a lamb on March 24 with some special out-of-town guests and one local poetess: Greg Gerke, Ken Sparling and Natalie Zina Walschots.

Greg Gerke lives in Buffalo. His work has or will appear in Mississippi Review, Gargoyle, Rosebud, Fourteen Hills, Night Train and others. There’s Something Wrong With Sven, a book of short fiction has been published by Blaze Vox Books. His website is

Ken Sparling’s stories have appeared recently in New York Tyrant, No Colony, Buffalo ArtVoice, Gigantic magazine and on mudlicious press. His handmade novel, Hush up and listen stinky poo butt, previously available only by special order, is now available in paperback from Artistically Declined Press. He has a novel called Book forthcoming from Pedlar Press in April. He is the author of For those whom god has blessed with fingers (Pedlar), an untitled novel (Pedlar) and Dad says he saw you at the mall (Knopf, New York). You can contact Ken at

Natalie Zina Walschots’ first book of poetry, Thumbscrews, was published by Snare Books in 2007. Her newest manuscript,
Supervillains, is nearly complete. Her work has recently appeared in Rampike, A4, Open Letter, Misunderstandings Magazine, Last Supper, ditch and dANDelion. She has served as the Managing Editor of both filling Station and dANDelion magazines. She also co-curated the Flywheel reading series from 2005 to 2008.  Natalie completed her MA in English/Creative Writing at the University of Calgary. She currently serves as a board member for Toronto’s Draft reading series, and as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Scream Literary Festival. She is also a part of the collective behind Small Print, a workshop and reading series for young writers. She currently works as a writer-in-residence through the NOW HEAR THIS! (the literacy outreach arm of the Descant Arts & Letters Foundation) S.W.A.T. program. Her base of operations is in Toronto. She lives in a menagerie with several humans, three cats, and a dog.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010
8 p.m. at the Press Club
850 Dundas Street West

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