Month: September 2016

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“Like Trying Really Hard to Ride a Really Bad Bicycle”: Interview with Thomas Molander

by Fawn Parker

Thomas Molander is a musician and writer from BC currently living in Montreal. His forthcoming novel is called The Article Man. He is editor and co-founder of Bad Nudes Magazine.

Fawn Parker: I’m thinking about using Jarett Kobek as a launching pad here. You were telling me recently about his book I Hate the Internet.

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Breaking Out of the Role: Time to End the MPDG

by Dana Ewachow

You recognize this girl. She sometimes has unconventional hair, dyeing it from blue to green to pink every week or so. She sings in public, frolics in the rain, and dances like no one’s watching. She has child-like charm and whimsy, but is also open and free about her sexuality. In the movie, or at least on the TV show,

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Ben Lerner and the Failure of Poetry

by Domenica Martinello

There are many ways to love poetry: with passion, with rigour, and in the case of Ben Lerner, even with contempt. But love it he does—which is why The Hatred of Poetry is pleasurable, even given its tendency toward, as one critic put it, “cerebral curio.” The book embodies aspects of creative tension that I find necessary to poetry: failure and contradiction.

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Fiction International Announces “Fool” Issue Submissions

by Susan Grace

As part of The Town Crier’s ongoing announcement of literary contests and magazine submission calls across North America, we present an open call out for Fiction International from associate editor Susan Grace.

Any idea what time it is? No?

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Author Note: Nehal El-Hadi

by Nehal El-Hadi

Nehal El-Hadi is the author of the short story “La Puerta” from The Puritan Issue 34, edited by Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer. Here Nehal El-Hadi talks about the story, which crosses Toronto at night and bumps into grotesque mechanical mannequins on its way.

Three things.

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Subprimal Poetry Art Open for Submissions

by Subprimal Poetry Art

While The Puritan has its home north of the border, since becoming an online magazine it’s been accessible across the world to anyone who looked. Every quarter the magazine receives hundreds of submissions from American and international writers, and regularly publishes the best fiction, poetry, and nonfiction it gets, wherever it comes from. 

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Interview with Jacqueline Valencia

by Suzanna Derewicz

I first met Jacqueline when we were featured together at the EW Reading Series back in March. Next I saw her was at the book launch for There Is No Escape Out Of Time back in July at The Supermarket in Kensington (Toronto) where I became interested in writing a post about the book.

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Writing in Public

by Jason Freure

“Personally, I think it’s pretentious to write in public.” Warren Dunford wrote this line in his 1998 novel, Soon To Be a Major Motion Picture, about the kids scribbling away at their screenplays in the Annex’s Future Bakery. Dunford was either blessed not to have roommates or he had a very strict idea of what people did in public.

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Review: Pearl Pirie’s An Ongoing Lack of Spontaneous Combustion

by Aaron Boothby

Pearl Pirie is concerned with vectors, disruption, iridescence, and combustion, and using them to unsettle seemingly settled things. Ignore for a moment that the title suggests a disappointment in not spontaneously combusting. Motion is a position, as in the poem “We Casually Toss Around our Rucksacks” where “all we have is looser than clouds.

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The Steel Chisel: Carving Out a Name

by Chris Johnson

The Steel Chisel was an online literary magazine and chapbook publisher that released its first digital issue in March 2013, and published new poetry and fiction monthly until this past April, 2016. The magazine, published and edited by David Emery, featured contemporary writers at various stages of their careers and finely walked the high-wire of promoting the publisher’s friends in the Ottawa writing community while also publishing new and unique voices in Canadian poetry.