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Writing Fiction as Pipe Laying

by Katy Wimhurst

The following is an outtake from an upcoming interview with Gail Anderson-Dargatz in The Puritan’s Issue 36, Winter 2017. Stay tuned to our News & Announcements for the launch.

Katy Wimhurst: I’ve seen you quote John Gregory Dunne’s comment, “Writing is like manual labour of the mind; a job, like laying a pipe.” Can you tell me about the daily pipe laying,


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The Search for Youth in CanLit

by Kailey Havelock

Recently, I was asked to represent Ryerson University on a team at the International Festival of Authors’ inaugural Lit Jam. We competed against creative writing students from University of Toronto, University of Guelph, and Humber College to create stories live on stage, based on prompts from the audience and social media.


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Author Note: Claire Farley

by Claire Farley

Claire Farley is the author of the poem “Pointillism,” which appeared in Issue 35 of The Puritan. Here, Claire talks about the poem as part of our ongoing Author Notes series.

The poem “Pointillism” developed from thinking I’d been doing about feminist public poetics.


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The Vivid Inner Life of Julieta

by Paula Razuri

I turned to Pedro Almodóvar’s Volver as a way to return to reality after finishing a large project on themes of motherhood and authorship in Alice Munro and Elena Ferrante. Tired from having given up so much energy on the project, I expected to be comforted by Spanish-speaking voices,