Category: Upcoming

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Toward a Hybrid Criticism: This is Not a Poem

by Daniel Kincade Renton

In the late ’60s, an idiosyncratic country singer named Townes Van Zandt wrote and recorded a song called “I’ll Be Here in the Morning.”

The song contains a simple message: the singer feels compelled to hit the road but promises not to leave their lover for at least one more night.

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Call Out: Literary Suburbia

by Kathryn Stagg

The Puritan is calling for submissions to a special supplement to its Winter Issue, “Literary Suburbia.”

Sprawling and monotonous, housing melancholic households with hidden dysfunctions—the suburbs, as they are often depicted in literature, are sinister places, dangerous precisely because of their seeming innocence. In the works of writers like Richard Yates,

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Summer Updates on The Crier

by Town Crier

The Town Crier is proud to announce the start of its first writer-in-residence! It’s been a busy start to the summer, readers, but new things are always brewing on the blog and parent magazine The Puritan. This July, Jacqueline Valencia will be taking over every Monday with a four-week-long column.

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Ghost Stories Call Out

by Aurora Stewart de Peña

In October, our blog, The Town Crier, will talk about ghosts. Maybe you grew up in a haunted house. Maybe you received a visit from a deceased relative in a dream. Maybe a wet, angry, dark-haired child crawled through your TV and damaged your floors.

We’re looking for your experiences with and curiosities about ghosts.

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Announcing Morton VI: The Puritan Writing Contest

by The Puritan

The Thomas Morton Memorial Prize for Literary Excellence is back! The Puritan is proud to announce the launch of Morton VI, this time with more cash prizes! We’re introducing a runner-up category in both fiction and poetry and, for the first time ever, we’ll be announcing a shortlist here on the blog and on the magazine in early November.

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Writing Fiction as Pipe Laying

by Katy Wimhurst

The following is an outtake from an upcoming interview with Gail Anderson-Dargatz in The Puritan’s Issue 36, Winter 2017. Stay tuned to our News & Announcements for the launch.

Katy Wimhurst: I’ve seen you quote John Gregory Dunne’s comment,

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Post-Truth Politics and the Creative Craft

by Natalie Wee

Six times a year, The Town Crier hands itself over to a guest editor. Curators are free to publish for a month on any literary topic of their choosing. This March, Natalie Wee will be curating a month called “Post-Truth Politics and the Creative Craft.”

What implications does a post-truth world have on the creative arts—especially when the latter has so often been upheld as the bastion of political and artistic resistance?

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Conscientious Conceptualism Call for Submissions

by Andy Verboom

Six times a year, the Town Crier hands itself over to a guest editor. Curators are free to publish for a month on any literary topic of their choosing. Andy Verboom will be curating the Town Crier blog in the month of April. His call-out for submissions follows.

While I am agnostic about many things,

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Rambo of Green Gables: Part 3

by Cian Cruise

(Previously, Part 1: Intro and Part 2: Rambo)

It took an awful lot longer to read Anne of Green Gables than I had originally anticipated, what with all the crying. Nobody told me Matthew died. I couldn’t take it. I tried pleading with the pages, my voice cracking,

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Rambo of Green Gables: Part 2

by Cian Cruise

Now that we’ve set the ground rules for this month of essays that unearth the hidden beauty of popular literature and sketched out a few of the basic premises, I want to dig deep into these frothy wonders. It’s all fine and good to claim that non-literary works are bursting with latent literary value,