Things this good are worth waiting for – after a few last minute substitutions, we’re thrilled to show you the lineup for Pivot this Thursday, March 28th: Cassidy McFadzean, Derek Mascarenhas, Laure Baudot and Juliane Okot Bitek!
Cassidy McFadzean was born in Regina, and earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She is the author of Hacker Packer (McClelland & Stewart 2015), which won two Saskatchewan Book Awards and was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, and Drolleries (M&S 2019). Her poems have appeared in BOAAT, Event, The Fiddlehead, PRISM international, and The Best Canadian Poetry 2016, and have been shortlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize and The Walrus Poetry Prize. She lives in Toronto.
Derek Mascarenhas is a graduate of the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies Creative Writing Program, a finalist for the Penguin Random House of Canada Student Award for Fiction, and a nominee for the Marina Nemat Award. His fiction has been published in places such as Joyland, The Dalhousie Review, Maple Tree Literary Supplement, Cosmonauts Avenue, and The Antigonish Review. Launching this April with Book*hug, Derek’s debut book, Coconut Dreams, explores the lives of the Pinto family through seventeen linked short stories.
Laure Baudot is an author and martial artist. With Toronto as their base, she travels the world with her adventurous husband and three children. Her work has been published in literary journals including The Danforth Review, The Fertile Source, Found Press, and Prairie Fire. Her recent collection of short stories, titled This One Because of the Dead, is forthcoming from Cormorant Books in April 2019. Ten percent of her writer’s earnings are donated to charity, mostly organizations that help victims of conflict, such as CARE Canada, The White Helmets, and the Children’s Aid Society.
Juliane Okot Bitek is the 2019 writer-in residence at Capilano University. She is a poet and a PhD candidate at the UBC. Her 100 Days (University of Alberta 2016) was nominated for several writing prizes including the 2017 BC Book Prize, the Pat Lowther Award, the 2017 Alberta Book Awards and the 2017 Canadian Authors Award for Poetry. It won the 2017 IndieFab Book of the Year Award for poetry and the 2017 Glenna Lushei Prize for African Poetry. Juliane’s poem “Migration: Salt Stories” was shortlisted for the 2017 National Magazine Awards for Poetry in Canada. Her poem “Gauntlet” was longlisted for the 2018 CBC Poetry Prize and a chapbook with the same title, is due out in the fall 2019 from Nomados Press. Juliane is also the author of Sublime: Lost Words (The Elephants 2018).
Meet us in the Tiki Room of the Tranzac Club (an inclusive & accessible venue!). Doors at 8, words at ~8:30. Pivot is generously funded by the Toronto Arts Council and Viewers Like You, so please PWYC (suggested donation $5). As always, Pivot is hosted by Michelle Brown Colistro & Canisia Lubrin.