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Pivot’s 2017 Opener: Khan, Power, Strimas & Surani

Pivot is proud to kick off our 2017 with four great writers, including recent RBC Emerging Writer Award winner Adnan Khan, Newfoundland novelist Craig Francis Power, and a pair of beloved local poets. Let’s go.


Toronto’s Adnan Khan won the 2016 RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award and was a nominee for a National Magazine Award for his essay “Our Brownness Does Not Belong Here” in Hazlitt.  Having completed creative work under the mentorship Lee Maracle, Djanet Sears, Rosemarie Sullivan and more, he is currently working on a novel and completing his Masters in Fine Arts at the University of Guelph.

Craig Francis Power is a writer and visual artist from St. John’s, Newfoundland. His first novel, Blood Relatives, won the 2011 ReLit Award and was short-listed for the BMO Winterset Award. His visual art has shown at galleries across Canada. His newest novel is The.Hope., from Pedlar Press. (tw: Drug or Alcohol Abuse, Mental Illness)

Meaghan Strimas is the author of two poetry collections, Junkman’s Daughter and A Good Time Had By All, and the editor of The Selected Gwendolyn MacEwan. She grew up in Owen Sound, Ontario, and lives in Toronto, where she is a professor in the Department of English at Humber College and the managing editor of the Humber Literary Review.  Her newest is Yes or Nope, this past fall from Mansfield Press.

Moez Surani has travelled, studied, and worked in countries around the world. His writing has been featured in numerous publications, including the Best Canadian Poetry (2013 and 2014), The Walrus, The Globe and Mail, Harper’s Magazine, and PRISM International. His first poetry collection, Reticent Bodies (Wolsak and Wynn), was published in 2009. In that same year, he won a Chalmers Arts Fellowship, and later, attended artists’ residencies in Italy, Finland, Latvia, Switzerland, Taiwan, and Canada. His second poetry collection, Floating Life (Wolsak and Wynn), was published in 2012. Operación Opération Operation, Surani’s third book, was a finalist for 2014 Les Figues Press Book Prize before being published by Bookthug last year.

Pivot on January 11th
with Adnan Khan, Craig Francis Power, Meaghan Strimas, and Moez Surani
8 PM
1051 Bloor St West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney



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Welcome Pivot’s Incoming Hosts & Directors

Thanks to everyone who helped us search for people to take over running Pivot once Jake exits after this season. We went into it thinking that we’d struggle to find any willing candidates and ended up with the opposite problem: several of them and no real “good” way to pick between them. We hope everyone who put their name forward keeps up with the work they’re doing now, to support and grow the community and make good spaces for bookwork.

That being said, we’re happy to tell you about the two women who will take over the series full-time as of September 2017, after a gradual hand-off of responsibilities over our Winter/Spring 2017 season.


Pivot’s new Hosts and Directors are Michelle Brown and Canisia Lubrin.

Michelle Brown works as a copywriter in Toronto. Recently longlisted for the CBC poetry prize, and shortlisted for the CV2 Young Buck poetry prize, her first chapbook came out in May with Desert Pets Press and her first full-length collection will come from Palimpsest in 2018. She read at Pivot on March 9th, 2016 with Gary Barwin and Melissa Bull.

Canisia Lubrin’s work has appeared in Contemporary Verse 2, The Puritan, Room, Prairie Fire, and The City Series Anthology (Toronto) from Frog Hollow Press.‎ Her first colletion of poetry Voodoo Hypothesis will be out from Wolsak & Wynn in Spring, 2017.  She’s also working on a novel. Canisia has an MFA from the University of Guelph and teaches writing at Humber College. She guest directed and hosted for Pivot on September 21st, 2016.

You can follow both Michelle and Canisia on Twitter, at @michelleshares and @canislau, respectively.


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