Month: February 2017

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Interview with Lynn Crosbie

by Danila Botha

I was incredibly lucky to discover Lynn Crosbie’s writing during my undergrad. I was in the York University library when I stumbled upon Queen Rat, a collection of poetry that changed my life.

I opened to the poem “Miss Pamela’s Mercy,” and I was struck instantly by the precision of the imagery and the emotional acuity.

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The Puritan Co-Founders Announce Resignation

by Spencer Gordon and Tyler Willis

Dear Friends,

After over ten years, 35 issues, and collaboration with nearly 600 editors and writers, we have decided to step away from The Puritan as editorial leads. It’s been a rewarding experience to found and run a magazine, watch it grow and evolve, but The Puritan has achieved a momentum of its own, 

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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,

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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,

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Post-Truth Politics and the Creative Craft

by Natalie Wee

Six times a year, The Town Crier hands itself over to a guest editor. Curators are free to publish for a month on any literary topic of their choosing. This March, Natalie Wee will be curating a month called “Post-Truth Politics and the Creative Craft.”

What implications does a post-truth world have on the creative arts—especially when the latter has so often been upheld as the bastion of political and artistic resistance?

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Only Connect

by RM Vaughan

I write criticism for money. Not much money. Don’t get excited now. Meanwhile, my own works are frequently the subject of criticism, including, and usually most vociferously, the criticism I write for money. My criticism gets criticism. Look it up. I wrote a book about this, called Compared to Hitler: Selected Essays.

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Interview with Evan Hoskins

by Jason Freure

Evan Hoskins is the founder of the Slackline Creative Arts Series, which takes place monthly at Burdock Brewery. Slackline is an event that crosses genres and supports emerging artists.

Jason Freure: The Slackline Creative Arts Series seems to be a kind of heir to the Emerging Writers series. How did that come about?

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The Puritan Is Hiring: Publicity Agents

by Town Crier


Are you invested in the publishing community and looking for a crash course in Toronto’s vibrant literary scene? Are you outgoing and social media savvy, comfortable with creating connections both online and in person? Then joining our team of Publicity Agents might be perfect for you!

The Puritan is currently seeking three new Publicity Agents to assist our team with the promotion,