As a small magazine, The Puritan is on the cutting edge of new Canadian writing. Writers who received their first publication credit in its pages have gone on to secure book deals and win national awards. At this panel discussion, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the magazine’s founding, Puritan editors and staff will discuss the trends they are seeing in new Canadian writing and what they think the future of Canadian literature looks like.
Event participants include André Babyn, Spencer Gordon, Rudrapriya Rathore, Tyler Willis and Catriona Wright. André Forget and Jason Freure will moderate.
Presented in partnership with The Puritan
André Babyn is head fiction editor at The Puritan. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Little Brother, Maisonneuve, Hobart, Grain, Pank, and elsewhere. In 2015 he was the recipient of the Adam Penn Gilders Scholarship in Creative Writing, and in 2010 he won the Norma Epstein Award for Creative Writing. He is also the creator of YouHaveTooMuch.com.
André Forget is Managing Editor of The Puritan, where he also serves as head essays editor. His writing has appeared in The Literary Review of Canada, Canadian Notes and Queries, and The Rusty Toque. He is a regular contributor to The Walrus and The Winnipeg Review.
Jason Freure is Operations Manager at The Puritan, and editor of The Town Crier, its literary blog. He has also published work in Maisonneuve, Carte Blanche, Spacing, Vallum, and Lemon Hound. Find him on Twitter @JasonFreure
Spencer Gordon is the author of the short story collection Cosmo (Coach House Books, 2012) and is a co-founder of The Puritan. His writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, EVENT, THIS Magazine, Poetry Is Dead, The Winnipeg Review, CNQ, Broken Pencil, Joyland and, many other periodicals and anthologies. Cruise Missile Liberals is his debut collection of poetry. He lives and works in Toronto.
Rudrapriya Rathore's work has appeared in The Hart House Review, The Puritan, The Walrus, Minola Review, and Carousel, among other publications. Her fiction recently won an honourable mention in Joyland's inaugural Open Border contest. She lives and writes in Toronto.
Tyler Willis is an editor, educator, and entrepreneur in Toronto. He holds a Master’s Degree in Literature from the University of Toronto. In 2006, he co-founded The Puritan. He is currently at work on a venture philanthropy project.
Catriona Wright is a writer, editor and teacher. Her work has appeared in PRISM international, Prairie Fire, The Rusty Toque, Lemon Hound, The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2015 (Tightrope Books) and elsewhere. She’s been a finalist for The Walrus’ Poetry Prize, Arc’s Poem of the Year Contest, a National Magazine Award and is the author of the poetry collection, Table Manners (Véhicule Press, 2017). Wright currently lives in Toronto where she is poetry editor of The Puritan and co-founder of Desert Pets Press.