Month: July 2017

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Can Not Lit

by Jacqueline Valencia

This series has been an interesting journey. The essays I’ve written stem from afterthoughts and conversations I’ve had with people within the Canadian literary community, most of them people of colour. We do often look for each other at events and literary gatherings, congregate in the bathroom to talk safely, and the bar. Even if we don’t know each other,

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BC Publishing Spotlight: Kevin A. Couture

by Nathaniel G. Moore

Over the last year, The Puritan’s Town Crier blog has featured short interviews with BC authors conducted by BC publishing professionals. The latest in the series is an interview with author Kevin A. Couture with publicist and author Nathaniel G. Moore.

Kevin A.

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How Do We Fix The CanLit Canon

by Jacqueline Valencia

It was only in the last few years that I heard of the term decolonization. Let’s tear down the establishment, remove the system that is holding back so many, and rebuild anew so that it is accountable to all is a fine cause. We hear decolonization in the speeches of protest and in written words calling out for change.

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Review: Not Even Laughter by Phillip Crymble

by Lorraine York

From Salmon Poetry and the lovely Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, Ireland, comes Phillip Crymble’s first full-scale collection Not Even Laughter. Crymble, born in Belfast, a teacher for many years at the University of Michigan, and now based in New Brunswick, has published many of these poems in Canada (Arc,

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Navigating Canadian Writing as the Other

by Jacqueline Valencia

As writers of colour develop, one of the first things they learn is how to navigate the world they practice in.  This can be very personal and individual. Some might approach the network of open mics and book launches to get a feel for the environment and network to prepare them when they are ready to submit.

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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,

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The Canadian Experience

by Jacqueline Valencia

As the fireworks lit up a celebratory sky on July 1, there was a great sense of pride for the place I was born and the place I’m privileged to live. However, Canada 150 left me a little uneasy. Maybe it’s because I’m older now and I am more awake than I have ever been that I find a giant disconnect with it all.

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Summer Updates on The Crier

by Town Crier

The Town Crier is proud to announce the start of its first writer-in-residence! It’s been a busy start to the summer, readers, but new things are always brewing on the blog and parent magazine The Puritan. This July, Jacqueline Valencia will be taking over every Monday with a four-week-long column.