Category: Author Notes

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From the Vaults: Jenna Jarvis

by Jenna Jarvis

Jenna Jarvis discusses the car crash that was the inspiration for her poem in Issue XV.

When I received the Puritan editorial team’s comments on “Untoward,” they suggested that I swap the original title, “Poem-Story,” for something more spin-worthy. But this blog post is a story about a poem.

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From the Vaults: Anna Maxymiw

by Anna Maxymiw

Anna Maxymiw, contributor to Issue XVII, discusses how writing “glosas” help her enter into dialogues with the dead.

This poem is a combination of themes. It marked the true beginning of my writing about being Ukrainian. It’s a subject matter that is still difficult for me—being half Ukrainian means you are straddling a world,

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From the Vaults: Rebecca Rosenblum

by Rebecca Rosenblum

Rebecca Rosenblum, contributor to Issue VIII of The Puritan, remembers a time when the line between “crush” and “stalking” wasn’t so clear.

“If This” ran in the Fall 2009 issue and was actually written long before that, so it’s definitely a “young” story. Even when I wrote it,

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Author Notes: Rob Benvie

by Rob Benvie

Recent Puritan contributor Rob Benvie discusses his short story “Glassiness” from Issue XXII: Summer 2013 of The Puritan.

It’s curious how a scenario gets lost as you go along. You’ve got to have a scenario, and you’ve got to test it so that you know where the comedy comes in,

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Fear, Success, Momentum: A Conversation with Robin Richardson

by Madeline Lemire

Robin Richardson released her book of poetry Knife Throwing Through Self-Hypnosis this September. Richardson has been shortlisted for CBC’s Canada Writes prize in poetry, and is awaiting further news. Puritan intern Madeline Lemire asked Richardson about this exciting time in her life, and how her work will evolve from here. 

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Author Notes: Mark Jordan Manner

by Mark Jordan Manner

Recent Puritan contributor Mark Jordan Manner answers some questions about his reading habits, what he’s been listening to, and his story, “When Life Gives You Doris,” in Issue XXII: Summer 2013 of The Puritan.

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

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Thankfully, The Puritan Dug It

by Nate Pillman

A few years ago, in the windowless room of a grad school workshop, I turned in the first draft of “Kyle’s Place,” a short story about two thirteen-year-old boys and their obsession with a college girl named Shannon. It was a rough piece, overly fragmented and full of implausible plot twists. It was also dark,

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Annus Mirabilis : Life After Winning the Thomas Morton Prize in 2012

by Mark Sampson

I knew there was something bizarre about that email from The Puritan the instant I received it. I mean really bizarre. First of all, it wasn’t a mass communiqué, like so many I receive weekly from various writerly organizations around the country. It wasn’t a Facebook notification inviting me to a book launch.