Category: Author Notes

blog post thumbnail image -

Author Note: Concetta Principe

by Concetta Principe

A Brief Gun Unregistry,” written by Concetta Principe, was published in The Puritan Issue 31. Here she discusses how she wrote it.

This poem is from a collection in-progress that I’ve titled, The Hole World.

This collection started with me thinking about dreams as rabbit holes,

blog post thumbnail image -

Author Note: Maria Tessa Liem

by Maria Tessa Liem

The Slight Difference in Frequency Generates a Beat

Maria Tessa Liem is the author of “Exact Fraction,” a poem that appeared in Issue 32 of The Puritan. We’re pleased to present Liem’s explanation of what influenced the poem’s composition.

I spent some night or day watching a video over and over again.

blog post thumbnail image -

Author Note: Ben Gallagher

by Ben Gallagher

Ben Galagher is the author of the poem “Thought Experiment Featuring Unchained Melody,” which appeared in The Puritan Issue 32, way back in the winter.

This poem emerged from a conversation I had with my good friends Syd and Maggie. My partner Zoë had just died,

blog post thumbnail image -

Author Note: Michael Prior

by Michael Prior

Michael Prior published three poems in The Puritan Issue 32, “20/20,” “Never Been Better,” and “Richmond.”

Town Crier: Tell us the best thing you’ve read lately, or a poet/fiction writer you’re jealous of, or a story/short story collection you wish you wrote.

Michael Prior: Okay,

blog post thumbnail image -

Author Note: Shane Neilson

by Shane Neilson

Shane Neilson’s poem, “New Brunswick: A Timeline Legend,” was published in Issue 32 of The Puritan.

Town Crier: Does your poem 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.

blog post thumbnail image -

Author Note: David Ishaya Osu

by David Ishaya Osu

David Ishaya Osu’s poem “Playthings” was published in Issue 31 of The Puritan, in autumn 2015. The Town Crier is pleased to present this brief interview about the poem’s composition.

Town Crier: Does your poem have an interesting origin story/compositional history you’d like to share?

blog post thumbnail image -

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.

blog post thumbnail image -

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,

blog post thumbnail image -

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,

blog post thumbnail image -

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,