Category: Author Notes

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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: Jacob Geiger

by Jacob Geiger

Jacob Geiger’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,

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Author Notes: Souvankham Thammavongsa

by Souvankham Thammavongsa

Souvankham Thammavongsa is the author of the story “Mani Pedi,” featured in Issue 30 of The Puritan. The story follows a tomato can boxer who has to leave the sport or inevitably suffer brain trauma. After drifting through several menial jobs, his sister recruits him for her nail salon.

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Author Notes: Scott Nolan

by Scott Nolan

Two of Scott Nolan’s poems, Elvis and me” and “Ten above tomorrow”, were published in Issue 30 of  The Puritan. 

I started writing poetry in January 2015, approximately three weeks after my 40th birthday. The plan was to replace smoking cigarettes with walking eight to ten kilometres a day.

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Author Notes: Randy Lundy

by Randy Lundy

Randy Lundy’s poem,“An Ecology of Being and Non-Being,” appeared in Issue 30 of The Puritan. Here he speaks with The Town Crier about drawing inspiration from memory, and shares some of his favourite literature and music. 

“An Ecology of Being and Non-Being” began as most of my recent writing has: in my backyard or from the desire to be in my backyard,