Category: Author Notes

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Author Note: Elana Wolff

by Elana Wolff

Elana Wolff is the author of “Year of the Horse,” a poem that appeared way back in Issue 31.

“Every memory … has a soundtrack”

Oliver Sacks, Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain

A few years ago H.L.

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Author Note: Claire Kelly

by Claire Kelly

Claire Kelly published the poem “First Hot Day” in The Puritan Issue 31.

Two things I’ve learned from looking back at this poem: 1) I’m rather slow and 2) my subconscious is smarter than I am.

Rundown: this poem came out of my thesis,

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Author Note: Christine Estima

by Christine Estima

Christine Estima’s story “Sarajevo Roses” was published in issue 32 of The Puritan.

Almost everything I do in life, from writing to walking to the subway in the morning, is affected by music. It’s hard not to get caught in its gravity, or its ability to pull your mood toward joy,

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Author Note: Francine Cunningham

by Francine Cunningham

Francine Cunningham’s short story “Pornorama” was published in The Puritan Issue 30 with guest fiction editor Doretta Lau. “Pornorama” is about a woman who works at an adult movie store in Fort McMurray, AB.

My story “Pornorama” takes place in Fort McMurray,

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Author Note: Marlin M. Jenkins

by Marlin M. Jenkins

Marlin M. Jenkins is the author “Pull my ends/ and see if/ they return/ to centre,” published in The Puritan Issue 30, poetry edited by Katherena Vermette.

I’ve tried for a long time to write about romantic relationships and about dance (I teach and DJ for a dance called West Coast Swing),

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Author Note: Anna Leventhal

by Anna Leventhal

Anna Leventhal wrote the story “L’Horloge” for the Summer Supplement, “À la prochaine fois”: 1995 and Literature in Post-Referendum Quebec” in The Puritan Issue 30. The story is set in a retirement home in Laval in the 21st century.

I wasn’t sure at first how to approach writing about the ’95 referendum.

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Author Note: Finn Harvor

by Finn Harvor

Finn Harvor’s poem “nHI-lizm was featured in Issue 20 of The Puritan. Here he discusses his writing process and influences, both literary and musical.

Town Crier: Does your poem or story have an interesting origin story/compositional history you’d like to share? This could include interesting factoids or bits of research that informed the poems or the story.

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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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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,