ISSUE 33: Spring 2016

The launch of Issue 33: Spring 2016 coincides with the publication of our remarkable new website — making reading and interacting with The Puritan more engaging and pleasurable than ever. While the standard issue boasts another crop of fine-tuned fiction, poetry, and long-form, incisive non-fiction, it also comes with Phoebe Wang’s fantastic “Inheritances” feature — the magazine’s sixth Supplement.

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By Natalie Morrill

They are so like drowned women it chokes us: white-blue skin scourged; ravaged arms raking through a slurry of flaked ice for our booted ankles. We st...

Two Poems.

By Matthew Tierney

Brainer Loner Princess Spy An apperceptive glance stalls the wall clock’s second hand. It’s my brain, paying out change. It’ll take a moment to ...

Washed (Or, the Cleanest I Might Ever Be).

By Brent van Staalduinen

July 1992       CFB Borden  The Army christens it “Final Ex.” The last exercise: a kind of graduation. Make it through boot camp to face four ...

“Russia’s in Such a Complicated State, Even Now:” Excerpts from a Conversation with Rosemary Sullivan and Jeff Parker.

By E Martin Nolan

Rosemary Sullivan’s Stalin’s Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlan Alliluyeva was published by HarperCollins in 2015, and has...

Rhonda Douglas’s Welcome to the Circus.

By Jennifer Quist

Rhonda Douglas must have been one of the big girls already slouched in their seats at the back of the school bus when it emerged from the fog to stop...


Edited By Phoebe Wang

The Town Crier

News and Announcements.

May 18th, 2016

Issue 33: Spring 2016 Is Sprouting Up Everywhere!

Dear Friends, We’re thrilled to announce the launch of Issue 33: Spring 2016—a fragrant blast of brand-new fiction, poetry, essays, interviews, reviews, and supplementary features that will invigorate even the most allergic readers. But this is no ordinary issue! Number 33 also sees the launch of our revamped, renewed website, making navigating...

March 26th, 2016

The Puritan’s Guest Summer Editors Series: 2016

As the window to submit to Issue 33: Spring 2016 is now closed, The Puritan will now be accepting submissions to Issue 34: Summer 2016. And with that, we are pleased to announce the launch of the second iteration of our Guest Summer Editors Series: one of the ways The Puritan strives to expand its editorial scope and add to the quality of ...

February 15th, 2016

Issue 32: Winter 2016 Blows into Town!

Dear Friends, We are extremely pleased to announce the launch of Issue 32: Winter 2016—a cold-as-ice collection of all-new fiction, poetry, essays, interviews, reviews, and supplementary material that’ll leave you shivery with excitement. As usual, the issue begins with another set of undeniably strong short stories: new work by fine writers Tr...