Category: The Writing Life

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Author Notes: Randy Lundy

by Randy Lundy

Randy Lundy’s poem,“An Ecology of Being and Non-Being,” appeared in Issue 30 of The Puritan. Here he speaks with The Town Crier about drawing inspiration from memory, and shares some of his favourite literature and music. 

“An Ecology of Being and Non-Being” began as most of my recent writing has: in my backyard or from the desire to be in my backyard,

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Writing a Profitable Suicide Note

by Ian Murdock

Step 1: Monetize your blog. Get yourself AdSense.

Step 2: Designate beneficiaries in your will.

Step 3: Write it out. Make sure that you follow my 3 S’s of a Viral Suicide Note™: Specific, Sober, & Search engine optimized. You don’t want it to be a vague drunken rant with no keywords.

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Interactive Literature Online

by Taras Tymoshekno

I decided to become a writer early on. While I was practicing for that calling I found many opportunities for downtime, which probably wasn’t a good start. Around the mid-2000s, as I thought about what I could contribute to the long, proud literary tradition, I noticed that there were people making comics and putting them online.

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Biscuits: Shalene Gupta on the Creative Class

by Shalene Gupta

For the longest time I wanted to be a novelist. I read and voices, sharp and sweet, filled my head. I wanted to be a novelist like the love child of Jane Austen and Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, a Herman Melville who doesn’t drone on about whales, or a ringing voice on a clear cloudless day—hello?

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Julia Zarankin’s Pursuit of the Strange

by Julia Zarankin

I could date my first encounter with creative non-fiction to an autumn day in 2006, when I hopped in my car and headed for my first (and so far last) organic chestnut roast in New Franklin, Missouri, hosted by the Slow Food Katy Trail group. What followed was not at all what I expected.

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The Trouble with Non-Fiction

by Teri Vassopoulos

Shortly after I started making zines in high school, my mother said to me, “It’s good to have secrets sometimes.” We were in the kitchen; we hadn’t been speaking of secrets, of the merits of keeping or spilling them. She knew I was making zines, though, and had seen the piles of Xeroxed paper and envelopes addressed to me in the mail.

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Liz Harmer’s Formless Non-Fiction

by Liz Harmer

There was a phase in my short non-fiction career during which I came to believe that my main interest in writing essays was out of a fascination with language. Whereas in fiction, the fascination was with feelings, behavior, characters, what might happen to those characters, and the author as the placer of figurines on a board,

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The Bohemyth Magazine

by Michael Naghten Shanks

In the summer of 2010, having just completed a Bachelor’s degree in English at Trinity College Dublin, I found myself in a similar situation to many twenty-somethings at the time: I had a good (if not economically marketable) education and was faced with the prospect of emigration. Whether it was hubris, fear, or some complex mix of emotions,

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Writing Detroit: The Past is not Pretty

by Cal Freeman

There are perils involved in writing about a place like Warrendale, my childhood neighborhood in West Detroit and the topic of my first book of poems, Brother of Leaving.  Nostalgia is a temptation.  I’m sure I also open myself up to the charge of engaging in “ruin porn,”a banal and malleable term seemingly applicable to anyone who chooses to write about,

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The Myth of the Truth

by Bänoo Zan

There is a myth that there is a story behind every poem, and there is a myth that stories need poetry to achieve the status of myth. Though poetry is the territory before and beyond stories, I have sketched a creation myth about how I came to write the poems, Toronto 2012 and Payäm-där.