Month: December 2015

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Knausgaard, Noodles, and Kurt Cobain

by Fawn Parker

As a student, I don’t often have time to read for pleasure. Sometimes I get lucky and my Megabus breaks down, or there’s a problem with my internet during finals. Usually I feel like reading only happens when it’s my only option. However I did manage to get my hands on some pretty exciting books this year.

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Author Notes: Michelle Good’s “Defying Gravity”

by Michelle Good

Michelle Good’s poem, “Defying Gravity,” was featured in issue 30 of The Puritan. Here she discusses her writing process and inspiration.

Kamloops, where I live and write, sits at the confluence of the North and South Thompson Rivers. I have been fortunate to live in a house that offers a spectacular quality of light and an even more spectacular view of the river,

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Fictional Girlfriends Are Better Off Dead

by Dana Ewachow

Grief is a powerful emotion. It pushes even the most stubborn and stoic people to change. Although I understand the force of sorrow, I can’t get behind the catalyst in certain kinds of stories. The stories I’m thinking of involve a man, usually middle-aged and tough, who has a girlfriend, a wife, or a female lover.

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My Year In Books

by Domenica Martinello

When we vaunt our yearly reading habits on social media like the Goodreads Reading Challenge, or with #95books, I think it’s less about vanity and more about a feeling of solidarity that comes with connecting to a community of book-lovers. The Reading Challenge is a fun way to track and remember books,

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Sequential Gestures: Reading Cameron Anstee

by Bardia Sinaee

The Town Crier is proud to present the following essay from Puritan contributor Bardia SinaeeBardia’s poem “Etobicoke” was featured in Issue 20 of The PuritanThe following is a survey of Apt. 9 Press founder Cameron Anstee’s poetry to date.

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Author Notes: Jake Gelfand

by Jake Gelfand

Jake Gelfand’s story “Peepshow” was featured in Issue 30 of The Puritan. Here he talks about teaching English to high schoolers, and some background behind “Peepshow.”

I learned the word “axillism” at the NYU library. I was planning on a productive afternoon of research for my graduate school courses and my job as a high school debate coach,

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Author Notes: Tanis MacDonald

by Tanis MacDonald

Tanis MacDonald’s poem, “Animal Passion” appeared in Issue 30 of The Puritan. Here she talks about writing the natural world, creating non-facts, and what happens during the act of “seeing and stating.”

I wrote “Animal Passion” just after reading Rebecca Solnit’s essay collection The Faraway Nearby,

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A Review of Melissa Bull’s Rue

by Jason Freure

You can still be lost even when you know exactly where you’re standing. That’s the takeaway of Melissa Bull’s Rue, a debut poetry collection grounded in a story about growing up, making mistakes, and coping with those mistakes your parents made, all the while wandering through Montreal’s boroughs.

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“The Parts of People that Hurt”

by E Martin Nolan

Jess Taylor, a former Town Crier contributor, is the author of Pauls, published this fall by BookThug. She is also the founder of the Emerging Writers Reading Series and the fiction editor of Little Brother. E Martin Nolan asked her about her debut collection and the sometimes grinding reading tour that comes with promoting a new book.