Black Friday VI

Black Friday VI is coming!

Black Friday VI nears! Every Black Friday, The Puritan celebrates another year of publishing. This is our sixth Black Friday party and our tenth year as a magazine. Join the editors, readers, staff, and some fantastic Puritan contributors for our annual fall party this Friday. There will be readings, drinks, and dancing!

Black Friday VI is the launch of The Puritan Issue 39: Fall 2017, where we’ll announce the winners and runners-up of the Sixth Annual Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence, judged by Heather O’Neill (fiction) and Suzanne Buffam (poetry). Join us as we congratulate our winners and hear readings from some great writers featured in the magazine this past year.


Nancy Jo Cullen
Sennah Yee
Amy Jones
Jean Marc Ah-Sen
Kris Bone
Charlotte Joyce Kidd
Cal Freeman
Bänoo Zan
Faith Arkorful

Not to mention DJ Spencer Gordon, pursuing his new career scratching iTunes at all the hottest literary events in Toronto.

WHEN: Friday, November 24, 2017. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; ends at last call
WHERE: The Monarch Tavern (12 Clinton St., Toronto, ON)
DOOR TITHE: PWYC ($5 suggested)

Accessibility Note: The Monarch Tavern is not 100% accessible. We will be in the event space on the ground floor, but the washrooms are in the basement.

Nancy Jo Cullen’s stories have appeared in The Puritan, Prairie Fire, Grain, Plenitude, filling Station, The New Quarterly, This Magazine, and The Journey Prize 24 and 26. She has published three collections of poetry with Frontenac House Press. Her most recent book, the short story collection Canary, is the winner of 2012 Metcalf-Rooke Award. She is the 2010 winner of the Writers’ Trust Dayne Ogilvie Prize for Emerging LGBT Writers.

Sennah Yee is from Toronto. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Cinema & Media Studies, focusing her thesis on gendered robot design. Her first collection of poetry/non-fiction How Do I Look? was published by Metatron Press in 2017.

Amy Jones is the author of We’re All In This Together, winner of the Northern Lit Award in 2016 and finalist for the Leacock Medal of Humour, and What Boys Like: And Other Stories, winner of the 2008 Metcalf-Rooke Award and a finalist for the 2010 ReLit Award. She won the 2006 CBC Literary Prize for Short Fiction, and was a finalist for the 2005 Bronwen Wallace Award. She is a graduate of the Optional Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at UBC, and her fiction has appeared in Best Canadian Stories and The Journey Prize Stories. Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, she now lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Jean Marc Ah-Sen was born in East York, Ontario, in 1987. He comes from a family of Mauritian winemakers and was a frequent contributor to the Innis Herald, a University of Toronto newspaper. He lives in Toronto with his wife and son. Grand Menteur is his first novel.

Kris Bone is a writer, humorist, and stand-up comic. He is currently completing his MFA in creative writing at the University of Guelph.

Charlotte Kidd lives in Toronto with her roommate, who rides a motorcycle and makes great chili. She is originally from Vancouver, which is very beautiful, but is happy to be in Toronto where everything is more comfortably misshapen. She is a regular contributor to, neglects a blog at, and is one of the writers of an upcoming web series called Friendship. She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Library and Information Sciences.

Cal Freeman is the author of Brother of Leaving (Marick Press) and Fight Songs (Eyewear Publishing). He currently lives in Dearborn, Michigan, and teaches at Oakland University.

Faith Arkorful placed second in the 2016 Hart House Literary Contest. She has had her work published in the Hart House Review and Echolocation, and has upcoming work in Arc Poetry Magazine. She was born in Toronto, where she still resides.

Poet, translator, teacher, editor, and poetry curator, Bänoo Zan, landed in Canada in 2010. She has been writing poetry since the age of ten and has published more than 120 poems, translations, biographies, and articles in print and online publications around the globe. Her book, The Song of Phoenix: Life and Works of Sylvia Plath, was reprinted in Iran in 2010. Songs of Exile, a collection of her poems, has been recently released by Guernica Editions. She is the founder of Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night), the most diverse poetry reading and open mic series in Toronto.

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