Issue 32: Winter 2016 Blows into Town!

POSTED: February 15th, 2016

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 Trevor Shikaze, Ingrid Keenan, Matthew J. Trafford, and David Huebert.

Next, we’ve got a bounty of fantastic poetry from an all-star line-up: Emily Schultz, Michael Prior, Jamie Sharpe, Suzannah Showler, Amy Carlberg, Elizabeth Ross, Robert Steckling, Cassidy McFadzean, Shane Neilson, Maria Tessa Liem, Ben Gallagher, Lily Gontard, Caitlin Scarano, Charity Gingerich, Sadie McCarney, Louise Carson, Patricia Young, Paula Parris Eisenstein, and Vincent Pagé.

As for essays, we’re honoured to present two zingers: “What Silence Doesn’t Say” by Deborah Thompson and “Sarajevo Roses” by Christine Estima.

This packed issue features two great interviews as well: Nicholas Herring’s in depth, engaged, and timely conversation with Rosemary Sullivan, and Kate Siklosi’s revealing dialogue with the talented Adeena Karasick.

Rounding out the standard issue are four exemplary works of literary criticism. Be sure to check out Liz Harmer’s voyage into the oh-so-droll world of Patrick deWitt’s Undermajordomo Minor; Mark Sampson’s review of three books about the (dys)functions of sleep: Nino Ricci’s Sleep, RM Vaughan’s Bright Eyed: Insomnia and Its Cultures, and Sandra Huber’s Assembling the Morrow; Sarah Richards’s investigation of Sigal Samuel’s playful and poignant The Mystics of Mile End; and Doyali Islam’s look at the musical qualities of life in Anna Yin’s Seven Nights with the Chinese Zodiac.

But that’s just the end of the standard issue. Number 32 also comes with our fifth supplementary feature, André Forget’s “Literary Cosmopolitanism”—an assemblage of works that engage, in diverse ways, with exile, race, class, difference, and their multicultural collisions. This special supplement features new fiction by Noor Naga and Yuliya Barannik; poetry by Domenica Martinello and Derick Mattern; excellent essays by Martyn Wendell Jones and Rudrapriya Rathore; and, of course, a foregrounding introduction from the editor.

With that, Issue 32: Winter 2016 and “Literary Cosmopolitanism” come to a close. But before we say farewell until the spring, we’d like to remind you of a few other Puritan-related deadlines and announcements.

First, our awesome team of readers will be reviewing general submissions to Issue 33: Spring 2016 until March 25th (that gives you just over a month to submit!). Moreover, keep an eye on Phoebe Wang’s call-out for her own supplement (our sixth!), scheduled for next issue—an intriguing look at “Literary Inheritances.”

Second, our Senior Editors and Head of Publicity are looking for another team of Publicity Agents to join the team from March until the end of June. For details on submitting to our issues, supplements, or for more information on our Publicity Agent call-out, simply scan our News & Announcements section online. You can also now subscribe to our cool new newsletter, which launches its maiden voyage to inboxes around the world tomorrow.

Third, and finally, The Puritan’s blog The Town Crier—now arguably Canada’s best and most steadfast literary blog—continues to run exciting guest-curated pieces according to theme. Last month featured Julie Mannell’s focus on the pain and solace of hometowns, and February continues with Laura Kenins’s take on comics and comic criticisms. Watch for several more guest-edited months as the year rolls on.

That’s all for now. Until we speak again, enjoy the new issue, and thanks for reading, as always.

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