It’s been a whirlwind of a year, but we’re pleased to announce that the last issue of The Puritan for 2017 is here for the reading.
In the fiction section, Charlotte Joyce Kidd navigates love and friendship and the space in between in “Elliott, Adam, Elly, and Me,” Brad Casey makes us look twice at the stars and stripes in “The American,” Kelsey Robbins Lauder hashtags intergenerational angst in “Insta,” and Josh Edgar sucks us in with “The Wormhole.”
New talent is at the forefront of this issue’s poetry, featuring Faith Arkorful’s exquisite “Vacation” and “I feel betrayal in every plum blossom,” Fawn Parker’s “Golden Rays of Chemo,” Lauren Turner’s “We’ve Taxidermied The Wrong Choices,” Hussain Ahmed’s “Oath,”Stephanie Lane Sutton’s “My First Marxist Experience,” Claire Matthews’ “Caution No Barriers,” Alex Manley’s “Illuminated,” Tyler Friend’s “Theo’s Father’s Flower Farm,” Alisha Dukelow’s “after ‘Sea Lily’ by H.D.” and Kell Connor’s “Who Made Who” and “Highway to Hell.”
In our autumn essays, Maria Eliades reflects on the 2016 coup attempt in Turkey in “Leaving Istanbul,” and Hajer Mirwali uses the ubiquitous author’s bio as a jumping-off point for exploring questions of representation and identity in “Biographical Details.”
This issue sees John Stintzi interview Martha Baillie about her new novel in “Readers Will Feel Somewhat Torn,” Amy Oldfield ask Pasha Malla questions (and gets harder questions in return) in “It’d Be Hard To Be Friends With Anyone,” while Alessandro Porco heads back to the mid-1990s to retrieve a conversation on experimental poetry between Jay and Hazel MillAr and Steve Venright in “Everywhere I Open is Electric.”
In the review section, Aaron Kreuter puts the screws to three Canadian Jewish narratives about Israel/Palestine in “The Terrible Bloom of What We Planted,” Maša Torbica looks at some of the ghosts haunting Canadian poetry in her review of Shane Rhodes’ Dead White Men, and Sylvia Söderlind looks back on the CanLit boom while reading Nick Mount’s Arrival: The Story of CanLit.
But that’s not quite all; on Friday, November 24th, we’ll be posting the winners and runners-up for this year’s Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Poetry and Fiction, judged by Suzanne Buffam and Heather O’Neill. So keep your eyes peeled for some exciting new work.
Until then, happy reading!