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Black Friday VI: A Year-End Celebration

by Town Crier

Black Friday VI nears! Every Black Friday, The Puritan celebrates another year of publishing. This is our sixth Black Friday party and our tenth year as a magazine. Join the editors, readers, staff, and some fantastic Puritan contributors for our annual fall party this Friday. There will be readings, drinks, and dancing!

Black Friday VI is the launch of The Puritan Issue 39: Fall 2017,


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Review of Jessica Bebenek’s Fourth Walk

by Annick MacAskill

Fourth Walk is the third chapbook by Montréal-based poet Jessica Bebenek, one of three titles put out by microlit publisher Desert Pets Press this past spring. In the opening stanzas of “Accismus,” the second poem in the collection, the poet unites two distinct and seemingly irreconcilable incarnations of the lyric voice: the personal,


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“Listening to Detroiters”: 3 Questions for Aaron Foley

by E Martin Nolan

Aaron Foley is the City of Detroit’s chief storyteller, a new position created by Mayor Mike Duggan to tell the stories of Detroiters citywide. Most recently, he was editor of BLAC Detroit Magazine, a 35,000-circulation monthly glossy in Metro Detroit. He is also the author of How to Live in Detroit Without Being a Jackass (BELT,


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Call Out: Literary Suburbia

by Kathryn Stagg

The Puritan is calling for submissions to a special supplement to its Winter Issue, “Literary Suburbia.”

Sprawling and monotonous, housing melancholic households with hidden dysfunctions—the suburbs, as they are often depicted in literature, are sinister places, dangerous precisely because of their seeming innocence. In the works of writers like Richard Yates,