Category: Ephemera

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Nom de Plume

by Naben Ruthnum

Pseudonyms can be born not out of a desire to fictionalize the self, but to appease non-fictional market realities. Ed McBain, otherwise known as Evan Hunter, wanted to publish an early novel under his own name, S.A. or Salvatore Lombino. His agent gently told him that was his choice, but an Italian last name on the cover would hurt sales.

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Writing in the Nooks and Crannies

by Sarah Feldbloom

A few years ago, I was hired to deliver media and visual arts programming to the youth in a Cree community by James Bay. After that contract, I stayed to teach at the local high school and began dating one of the managers at the Northern store—an import too, from rural Nova Scotia.

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Beneath the Snow Piles

by Laura McPhee-Browne

for Ruth Rendell

Laura turned her key in the lock and heard the familiar click of home, to warmth, to Adnan and to rubbing moisturizer into her nose to calm the wind-chill burn. It had been particularly direful out there this evening, and her walk from Dundas Street East to King Street West had been hunched,

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by Miriam Breslow

For two weeks, I woke into panic attacks. It was the December exam period of the third year of my undergraduate degree. I was afraid of evening and afraid of morning, afraid of failing and my brain and the piles of work in front of me. I was afraid of the weeks I still had to endure before I could hand in my final paper and go home.

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by Brandon Varner

When I was in high school, my 12th grade English teacher Mrs. Guy looked at me with her massive eyes in the middle of class and said loudly, “You know, a lot of songwriters are English majors.”

“Really?” I meekly offered.

People around my high school knew that I was something of an aspiring songwriter,

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Between Middle Earths: Book Shame and The Lord of the Rings

by Kate Gies

When my boyfriend hands me his copy of The Fellowship of the Ring, his face pinches with emotion. We’re 20 and in the stage of love where we want to share everything with each other. This, he says, is the greatest thing you’ll ever read.

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Sex Trolls Learn to Love Genre

by Nora Decter

The first semester I taught creative writing there was one student who terrified me more than the rest because I was fairly certain she was smarter than me. She was also quite sure of this, which led to things sometimes getting a bit awkward in the classroom. I found myself researching hybrid texts when she expressed disappointment that I didn’t have any on the syllabus and farming out her poems to my poet friends because she kept showing up to my office hours and demanding more feedback than I could find it in me to give.

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14 Notes on Tropes

by Stephen Thomas

(These have been excerpted from a longer work.)

3. The bravest and hardest thing is to be humble enough to employ a recognizable trope; that is, to participate in a tradition; that is, to admit you’re human.

15. To me the most profound point of integration between experience and art is in rendering faithfully and resonantly a well-known trope.

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Understorey Magazine: The Women and Justice Issue

by Understorey Magazine

As part of The Town Crier’s ongoing coverage of literary magazines across North America, we present an announcement from Understorey Magazine. Read on to hear about their most recent issue, “The Women and Justice Issue.”

Because it’s 2015.
And there’s women in the cabinet
But that might not seem so adequate
To women in the custody of the state …

This poem by Halifax spoken-word artist and activist (and former poet laureate) El Jones opens the most recent issue of Understorey Magazine.