The Puritan welcomes incoming reviews editor Myra Bloom

POSTED: July 4th, 2017

Myra Bloom, incoming reviews editor. Photo: Contributed

Myra Bloom, incoming reviews editor. Photo: Contributed

We are pleased to announce that Myra Bloom will be joining The Puritan masthead as our new reviews editor starting September 2017.

Bloom, a sessional instructor at the University of Toronto, learning consultant at OCAD University, and regular contributor to The Puritan, will take over from current reviews editor Bardia Sinaee beginning with the fall issue.

Sinaee, who serves as editorial assistant at the Literary Review of Canada as well as being a poet and prolific critic, announced earlier this year that he would be stepping away from the position to create more time to pursue other projects. We wish him the very best, and hope he’ll occasionally find time to write for us!

Bloom’s work straddles the worlds of academia and popular writing. She has authored numerous scholarly papers, and has an extensive knowledge of Canadian literature—particularly the literature of Quebec. She also has an abiding interest in representations of the lives of women in literature, and women’s autofiction specifically. She has recently written on Elena Ferrante, Sheila Heti, and Heather O’Neill.

Her previous work for The Puritan includes a reviews of Steven Heighton’s The Waking Comes Late and Heather O’Neill’s The Girl Who Was Saturday Night, and interviews with Guillaume Morrisette and Michael Lista, as well as a roundtable conversation about Andrew Forbes’s The Utility of Boredom.

“I look forward to furthering The Puritan’s commitment to publishing longform, in-depth analyses of contemporary fiction and prose,” she said in her application, adding that she is “excited to promote innovative approaches to reviewing, including multi-party conversations and creative/critical collaborations.”

Pitches for future reviews, and requests for review copies, can be sent to Bloom at reviews@puritan-magazine.ca.


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