Category: Interview

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“I Owe It To the Book”: Angie Abdou on Marketing and Self-Promotion

by Julienne Isaacs

Angie Abdou is the author of the short story collection Anything Boys Can Do (2006), the 2011 Canada Reads finalist, The Bone Cage (2007), The Canterbury Trail (2011) and, most recently, Between (2014).

Julienne Isaacs: You have been published with a variety of small presses—Thistledown,

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“Such a Fascinating Symbiotic Ecosystem”: An Interview with the Creators of ChessBard

by E Martin Nolan

This interview follows up on a post from last month about the digital poetry generator ChessBard. It was conducted over email.

E Martin Nolan: I suck at chess. But the poem I made by playing the ChessBard intrigues me. The first time I “poetified” the game, the poem ended with the line, 

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Two Questions for Puritan Contributor Stevie Howell

by E Martin Nolan

Stevie Howell published three poems in Issue 25, Spring 2014, and read at The Puritan’s Black Friday this year.

E. Martin Nolan: Your book contains an impressive poetic range. Formally, there are free verse poems spread across the page (or two pages in the case of “Avenue Road”);

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“Vibrantly Different Everywhere”: Matthew R. Loney on the Western Traveller

by E Martin Nolan

Matthew R. Loney is a writer based in Toronto, Canada. As a graduate of the University of Toronto’s M.A. in Creative Writing program (2009) and avid traveler, he has combined these passions into a collection of short stories, That Savage Water.

E Martin Nolan: That Savage Water focuses around traveller-adventurers,

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A Warning to Toronto Writers: Networks Don’t Make Literature

by Julienne Isaacs

It doesn’t matter where you live: being human is difficult. The writer’s task is to transcribe the difficulty.

On a recent trip to Toronto, I was told half a dozen times by both strangers and friends that nothing would aid my career more than a move to that great Canadian literary Mecca. For a few days I waffled,

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“Get Excited!”: A Conversation with Charles Yao of Little Brother

by Gavin Tomson

For a new and relatively small Toronto-based literary magazine, Little Brother has been extraordinarily successful. The magazine, which recently launched its fifth issue, has published work by the likes of Jeet Heer, Haley Mlotek, Mariko Tamaki, and Andrew Kaufman.

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The Menace of Leisure

by Domenica Martinello

Unfortunately for the city of Toronto, there are not many opportunities to drink a beer with your cereal and have it deemed socially acceptable. But thanks to a few subtle but significant tweaks, the August 6th launch of The Trouble with Brunch, the new title by Coach House Books author Shawn Micallef

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In Conversation with Dave Hurlow

by Caryn Cathcart

It’s Sunday afternoon and I’m reading about an infamous literati from Halifax who also happens to be a lizard—a time travelling lizard who once, in a gamble of love and loss, got mixed into the Dreyfus Affair. So, to rephrase: it’s Sunday afternoon and I am intrigued.

The Lizard Man hails from Toronto-based Dave Hurlow’s first collection of short stories,

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“Collaboration Is a Great Motivator”:

by Kris Bone

David James Brock is a playwright, poet, and librettist whose plays and operas have been performed in cities across Canada and the UK. He is the winner of the 2011 Herman Voaden Canadian National Playwriting Award. Brock penned the libretto for The Sloans Project (composer: Gareth Williams), which was most recently performed at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival (previous: Glasgow’s 2011 Merchant City Festival,