Category: Interview

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An Interview with Donna Thomson

by Kris Bone

When it comes to Canadians with severe disabilities and the people who care for them, a suspicious opacity surrounds them in the public consciousness. Fundamental misconceptions about the nature and benefits of the relationships between people with disabilities and their friends, families, and caregivers—as well as underestimations of the immense cost and work that go into providing adequate care—act as impediments to positive change.

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Fiery but from Afar:

by Jess Taylor

Jason Guriel is known for his sharp teeth. According to some, he is a vicious critic, always willing to address the moments of weakness in a book of poetry. To others, he is performing the duty often ignored by other reviewers: actually approaching literature critically. While I was working on my article for The Puritan about literary community (forthcoming in the Littered T.O.

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Musicality, Movement, Punch, and Writing as Wrestling

by Phoebe Wang, Shawn Sims, E Martin Nolan

aisha s j photo2014 has been busy for past-Puritan authors. No fewer than 10 of their books have been published recently. So we decided to check in on them and ask them one question each. This time, we talked to Aisha Sasha John, Nancy Jo Cullen, Angela Hibbs, and David James Brock.

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“A Book to Defy Authority”

by Oona Patrick

Scholar and poet Ana Luísa Amaral on the effort to return the Three Marias’ daring mixed-genre work to its rightful place in the Portuguese canon.

New Portuguese Letters was written by three Portuguese women in 1971, including Maria Teresa Horta, whose poems appear in the supplement to issue 25 of The Puritan.

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“You Need To Take Everyone In”:

by Jess Taylor

Alexandra Oliver understands people. As a poet and author of Meeting the Tormentors in Safeway,  she’s developed a keen ear for other voices and represents people from all walks of life: the preschooler, the old man, the rebel, or even strangers in the laundromat.

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Poetry, Prose, & Taking It Shift by Shift

by E Martin Nolan

It’s a busy time for past-Puritan authors: no fewer than 10 of their books are being published this spring. So we decided to check in on them and ask them one question each. First up: Chris Hutchinson, Peter Norman, Suzannah Showler, and Mike Spry. Stay tuned for more.

Chris Hutchinson’s A Brief History of the Short-Lived was reviewed in Issue 19 of The Puritan.

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“To Me, All Poetry is Political”:

by Tracy Kyncl

It’s only been two weeks into National Poetry Month and Toronto is in a flurry. Awash with events and brimming with excitement, bards, readers, and critics have busied themselves buying debut collections or reflecting on the place of poetry in their lives.

As I’ve immersed myself in the hubbub I’ve noticed that poetry,

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“Stretching the Space of Realism”:

by Nicole R. Grimaldi

Author Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer discusses enchantment, realism, and the local politics of her newest novel All The Broken Things. The following is a teaser of a much longer, more in depth conversation scheduled for publication in Issue 26: Summer 2014 of The Puritan.

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“Anyone Can Write Themselves into Visibility, but Who Reads It?”

by Jess Taylor

Oakland poet Stephanie Young, who recently released Ursula or University with Krupskaya, answered questions for The Town Crier based on her essay, “In Which Metaphors For Poetry Communities, and For Writing About Them, Abound.” Last month, we featured Part One of the interview.

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One Thing Changes Another

by Jess Taylor

While researching for an upcoming Puritan essay on literary community, Oakland poet Stephanie Young’s work proved invaluable to me. In her recent collection of essays and poems, Ursula or University, as well the introduction of Bay Area Poetics, which she edited, Young explores the concept of community, while also looking into literary,