Category: Editor Notes

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Different Ways of Seeing

by E Martin Nolan

North America’s stirred up. It’s awoken from a sleep induced first by comfort and extended by fear and uncertainty. The ’90s lulled us such that popular political literature declared history could have possibly ended. Meanwhile, the turmoil that would come to define the new millennium festered. Bubbles juiced the North American economy,

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The Puritan Marks Its Progress

by Spencer Gordon & Tyler Willis

As another year draws to a close and 2014 begins, we cannot help but reflect on how far the magazine has come since its inception, and in so doing, think ahead to where we hope to be at year’s end.

These past 12 months have seen numerous milestones for the journal. And the more things have changed,

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by The Town Crier

It’s been a huge year for the Town Crier. Our Hollywood makeover began last year, at yet another Toronto literary event, when Tavish McGregor approached us and proposed a redesign. We agreed and the ball was rolling. We spent the year’s early months wavering between our mastodonic ambition and what reality would allow.

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Why Are We Surprised by David Gilmour?

by André Babyn

“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.”

― James Baldwin

The first and last time I purchased a novel by David Gilmour I was 18,

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Bob Dylan, Dionne Brand, Louise Carson and the Written-Sung Word

by E. Martin Nolan

We’ve been looking into the tricky role poetry plays when incorporated into music. So far, I don’t think we’ve adequately defined that role. That is appropriate, because what little investigation we have done has suggested that poetry’s role in music should be studied on a case by case basis, and that “tricky” is probably the most important word in any overarching definition of that role.

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Fiction at the 49th Parallel

by Robert McGill

In anticipation of Robert McGill’s new novel,  Once We Had a Country (which officially launches this coming Wednesday), Puritan editor Tyler Willis poses a few questions about writing from both sides of the Medicine Line.

The Town Crier: As an author and teacher who has worked on either side of the Canada/U.S.

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“Poems Sound like the Voice I Have:” Three Questions for Souvankham Thammavongsa

by Phoebe Wang & E. Martin Nolan

Souvankham Thammavongsa’s third poetry collection, Light, will launch this Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Supermarket. Souvankham has her work featured in Puritan XX. In anticipation of her launch, we asked her a few things about emotion, craft and art.

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Puritan Editor Tyler Willis Interviewed at Open Book Toronto

by The Puritan Editors

Puritan editor Tyler Willis was recently interviewed over at Open Book Toronto by Writer in Residence and former Puritan contributor, Andrew Faulkner (whose  poetry collection Need Machine was published by Coach House this past Spring) in a four-way round-table conversation about editors and editing.

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Upcoming Toronto Readings: A Puritan Guide

by The Puritan Editors

Ho, boy. A cluster of late Spring, early Summer literary activity in the Big Smoke. Allow The Puritan to be your guide over the next few weeks of launches, readings, and general shindiggery.

First up: former Puritan Associate Editor Andrew MacDonald will be giving a reading at the Taddle Creek Summer Launch on Friday,