Category: Author Notes

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Author Note: Kirsti Salmi

by Kirsti Salmi

Kirsti Salmi is the author of “Coat the Blade,” a short story published in The Puritan’s Summer Issue 38. “Coat the Blade” was selected by guest editor Amy Jones. As part of The Town Crier’s author notes series,

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Author Note: Marta Balcewicz

by Marta Balcewicz

Marta Balcewicz is the author of the poem “The New Tenant, which appeared in The Puritan Issue 37.

My family used to own a rental property. It was a bluish-grey bungalow with a shed and a creek cutting across the backyard.

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Author Note: Maureen Hynes

by Maureen Hynes

Maureen Hynes is the author of “693 Cemetery Road,” a poem that appeared in The Puritan Issue 37, Spring 2017. As part of our Author Notes series, Hynes gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the making of.

With four friends in July 2016, I spent a wonderful weeklong self-guided writing workshop on the South Shore of Nova Scotia.

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Author Note: Jeremy Colangelo

by Jeremy Colangelo

Jeremy Colangelo is the author of “The Fox Beneath the Statue,” a short story published in The Puritan Spring 2017.

When I was very young I would sometimes wander out of the house on cloudy days and walk meanders through the neighbourhood, pooling eventually at the empty playground behind my school.

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Author Note: David Ly

by David Ly

David Ly’s poem “Because I am” appeared in The Puritan’s Spring Issue 37.

I was on the third or fourth day of an intensely irritating writing block that prevented me from adding to my manuscript. Like all of my writing blocks,

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Author Note: Jay Ritchie

by Jay Ritchie

You can find Jay Ritchie’s poems “Hôtel-Dieu” and “As If We Aren’t Massive” in The Puritan’s Spring Issue 37. He explains the inspiration of “Hôtel-Dieu” in this author note.

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The Hôtel-Dieu hospital is located on St. Urbain Street in Montreal, along the 55 bus route,

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Author Note: Nathan Mader

by Nathan Mader

Nathan Mader is the author of the poem “The Saturn and Sphinx Moths of the Upper Midwest,” which appeared in The Puritan Issue 36. In this author note, he expands on the making of the poem.

It’s fitting that my reading of other poets has radiated “The Saturn and Sphinx Moths of the Upper Midwest.” Over the week or so I was composing it,

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Author Note: Audrey Gradzewicz

by Audrey Gradzewicz

Audrey Gradzewicz published her poem “Because When I Translate Middle English, I Always Assume that Bread is the Body of Christ” in the most recent issue of The Puritan, Winter 2017. As part of our ongoing Author Notes series, she lets us in on the composition of the poem.

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Author Note: William Kemp

by William Kemp

The poem “Boomer Sooner” appeared in the Fall 2016 issue of The Puritan. As part of The Town Crier’s Author Notes series, William Kemp gives us a glimpse into the making of the piece.

“Boomer Sooner” is a found poem comprised (almost) entirely of lines spoken by legendary wrestling commentator Jim Ross on commentary—a few lines are from backstage interviews and one is from a tweet,

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Author Note: Maureen Scott Harris

by Maureen Scott Harris

Maureen Scott Harris is the author of the poem “Nijinsky,” which appeared in Issue 35 of The Puritan. In this author note, Harris describes some of the background to the poem’s composition.

In 2014 I saw a performance by the National Ballet of Canada of John Neumeier’s ballet Nijinsky—a brilliant work brilliantly danced.