Category: The Writing Life

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Stand-Out Poets Bring the Noise in TO

by Tracy Kyncl

Publicity Agent Tracy Kyncl explores the wonders of sound in the Toronto literary scene.

On a humid, sticky Tuesday night with a thunderstorm on the horizon, I made my way to the Black Swan Tavern, the new location for Toronto’s longest-running weekly poetry series Art Bar, only to find out that the venue had been double-booked!

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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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BookcampTO 2013 and the Extending Hallway

by Phoebe Wang

Conferences bring people together for a few days of fruitful exchange, but those exchanges are often cut short just when they’ve gotten started. Just when small talk gives way to conversation, it’s time for closing remarks. Just when the others start to look familiar, it’s time to go home.

For the past five years,

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“The One I Could Believe in:” Jacob McArthur Mooney on the Pivot Reading Series

by Jess Taylor

Pivot Readings, founded in 2008, is one of the most respected reading series on the literary scene today. Pivot host Jacob McArthur Mooney and I sat outside Le Gourmond Café, where Mooney filled me in on Pivot’s well-established brand and rich history. “I take stewardship of the series very seriously.

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Books About Book-lovers

by Jason Freure

When Hrabal wrote Too Loud a Solitude, he lived in a literate country that, in his own words, “would lay down their lives for a bale of compacted thoughts,” under a government that loathed books and the people who wrote them (Too Loud was published underground in 1976,

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Author Notes from the Vaults: Wendy Fox

by Wendy Fox

Wendy Fox, contributor to Issue XVIII of The Puritan, recalls some of the woes, as well as the triumphs, of pinning down the unwieldy. 

“Zinc” is part of a larger work, a novel that does not yet have a home.

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Author Notes from the Vaults: The Present ‘House’ of Story by Gary Barwin

by Gary Barwin

Puritan contributor Gary Barwin shares personal experiences, the burning questions they ignited, and “House,” the poem that emerged from it all. You can read his poem in Issue XI.

Many days, before I can help myself, I’m at the breakfast table reading stories of violence in the newspaper.

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Author Notes: Aleah Sato

by Aleah Sato

Recent contributor Aleah Sato discusses her poetry in Issue XVI: Winter 2012 of The Puritan

“…These fears that fell to my lot out of every day stirred a hundred other fears, and they stood up in me against me and agreed among themselves, and I couldn’t get beyond them.

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Of Music and Fiction: Questions for Kevin Hardcastle

by Kevin Hardcastle

Recent contributor Kevin Hardcastle discusses components of his process as a writer. You can taste the fruits of his labour in Issue XXI: Spring 2013 of The Puritan.

The Puritan: Did music lyrics have anything to do with the piece we’re publishing?