ISSUE 35: Fall 2016

Issue 35: Fall 2016​ has arrived! This edition​ features yet another incredible array of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction that represents the best in new and established Canadian writing. Issue 35 also boasts the inclusion of the winning entries to our Fifth Annual Thomas Morton Memorial Prize, chosen by guest judges Jan Zwicky and Rawi Hage (to be released on November 26). Enjoy, and share widely!

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In the Name of Me.

By JR Enriquez Amparado

In “In the Name of Me,” one slowly becomes aware of various planes that reveal an existence of perpetual schisms. The writer portrays many dualiti...

10 PM on Channel 22.

By Cian Cruise

Down to the Lighthouse (2009) Melodrama. In this rarely seen cult classic, two brothers attempt to put their lives back together after their family su...


By Phillip Crymble

John Berryman is reported to have said that the elements of a good poem are imagination, love, intellect, and pain. This is a good list. I’d lead wi...

After the Ballet: Neumeier’s Nijinsky.

By Maureen Scott Harris

Walking home from the ballet sky midnight blue at six p.m. half-moon blurred behind clouds mind reverberant with mad Nijinsky’s chant: dead dead dea...

An Excerpt from Deep Salt Water.

By Marianne Apostolides

#7. My nephew was drowned as a Navy SEAL but now he’s beside me, face down in the water. I think he sees bottom. He flipped his hair like teenagers ...

Always Becoming: Conversations and Correspondences with Jan Conn.

By Phoebe Wang

Jan Conn’s most recent books of poetry are Edge Effects (Brick Books, 2012) and Tomorrow’s Bright White Light (Tightrope Books, 2016). She won the...

Personal Effects: A Review of Look by Solmaz Sharif.

By Nyla Matuk

It’s unlikely that anyone of Persian or Middle Eastern descent living in the United States from mid-century or later could have envisioned, 50 year...

The Town Crier

News and Announcements.

February 1st, 2017


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November 23rd, 2016

Issue 35: Fall 2016 Is Now Live!

Dear Friends, Writers, Colleagues— The Puritan is thrilled to announce the release of Issue 35: Fall 2016—yet another collection of all-new fiction, poetry, essays, reviews, and interviews to be proud of. Discover new short stories by Pauline Holdstock, Cian Cruise, Joseph O’Malley, and Aaron Schneider. Enjoy new poems by Dani Couture, Mauree...

November 15th, 2016

Black Friday V: A Year-in-Review Celebration!

BLACK FRIDAY V is almost here! Join the editors, staff, and readers of The Puritan for our much-anticipated annual year-in-review event—now a fun-filled highlight of every fall literary season. BLACK FRIDAY V is a night of celebrations to announce the winners of our Fifth Annual Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence, judged by Rawi ...