Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Journey Prize

Just got the good word that my story, "Eat Fist!," due out in Event next month or so, has been nominated for the Journey Prize. Time for celebratory something or other.

If something comes of this, I'll let you know.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Dinosaur Porn Launch

Attend on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2240060756#/event.php?eid=234790465901&ref=mf

Thursday January 28th, 2010
7:30 - 10:30 PM
The Supermarket (268 Augusta Avenue, Toronto, ON)
No Cover


Well, more like six months, but hey - thanks for your patience.

DINOSAUR PORN has been lovingly edited and designed by the DIY dream team combination of Ferno House and The Emergency Response Unit. This is a limited-edition, lovingly handcrafted, and perfect bound collection of poetry and fiction.

DINOSAUR PORN features the prehistoric poetry and/or fleshy fiction of Louise Bak, Gary Barwin, David Brock, Andrew Faulkner, Warren Dean Fulton, Spencer Gordon, Corrigan Hammond, Joe Hickey, Penn Kemp, Henry Lee, Christine McNair, Dave Miller, Nathaniel G. Moore, James Nadel, Leigh Nash, Kenneth Pobo, Shannon Rayne, Carey Toane, Jordan Trethewey, and Sarah Wilson.

So join us for a night of merryment, and come pick up this weighty tome for a mere $15. Other chapbooks released by Ferno House and The Emergency Response Unit will be availble for sale, as well.

To help us hatch this behemoth, we've invited some contributors to come and read their work. Come see readings by:Louise Bak, Gary Barwin, David Brock, David Miller, Nathaniel G. Moore, Christine McNair, and Carey Toane.

Louise Bak is the author of Tulpa, Gingko Kitchen and emeighty. She’s gained widespread attention as the co-host of Sex City, Toronto's only radio show focused on intersections between sexuality and culture on ciut 89.5 fm. She is a sexual, cultural columnist with toro. Her performance work has appeared in numerous galleries, festivals and video collaborations, including Broadcast, Partial Selves, and Crimes of the Heart. She also hosts a salon series called The Box, which encourages communication across creative borders. She wrote a feature called The Ache, which is currently in development. She is also working on another collection of poems.

Gary Barwin is responsible for such body part innovations as fur, feathers, claws, differentiated teeth, water-impervious skin, water-impervious eggs, and the penis. Stress fractures in some of Barwin’s vertebrae may have been caused by the weight load of copulation. Barwin once was reconstructed so that his head was placed at the end of his tail instead of its rightful place on his neck. The largest of Barwin’s eggs ever discovered had a liquid capacity of almost 6 litres. He has the longest skull of any land-living poet—it is 9 feet long. Barwin’s vertebrae suggest that he may be 120 feet long. Gary Barwin always walks on his toes (for more see serrifofnottingham.blogspot.com).

David Brock is a playwright with a zoology degree. Recent work has appeared in Event, Eye Weekly, Poetry is Dead, and Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine. He is currently writing a Spring/Summer line of fashion poetry for a literary collaboration with Vancouver-writer Sean Horlor, libretti for two new operas, and a collection of Saved by the Bell essays. A chapbook of poetry is forthcoming from The Emergency Response Unit in the fall of 2009.

Christine McNair has been published in The Antigonish Review, Misunderstandings, fireweed, Prairie Fire, ottawater, the Bywords Quarterly Journal and a few other places. She's akin to wives-in-watercolours and badlands field jackets. She works as a book doctor in Ottawa.

Dave Miller has had work published in several places including The Malahat Review and The Fiddlehead. He's gone to a few universities including the University of Guelph where he's finishing his MFA. He's lived here and there and a few places in between, and is currently enjoying Toronto. He previously had very little experience with either porn or dinosaurs.

Nathaniel G. Moore is the author of Pastels Are Pretty Much The Polar Opposite of Chalk and other books like Bowlbrawl. He is an editor at Broken Pencil and a fan of Bam-Bam.

Carey Toane is a Toronto-based journalist, poet and host of the reading series Pivot at the Press Club. In 2009 she was grants coordinator of the Scream Literary Festival. Her poems have been published in CV2, This Magazine and Peter O' Toole, while her chapbook Ministry of the Environment was released in 2008 on Bench Press. Current projects include editing her grandmother's journals and investigating the social histories of domesticated plants and animals. Her favourite apple is the Westfield Seek-No-Further.

Hosted by the editors, Spencer Gordon, Leigh Nash, Andrew Faulkner, and Arnaud Brassard. Hope to see you there! No cover! 7:30 PM!


Saturday, January 2, 2010

The Puritan Returns.

Back by marginal demand! The Puritan returns!

After sixteen months of dormancy, The Puritan is back with a brand-spanking new, twenty-first century online format, now publishing poetry, reviews, interviews, recipes, as well as prose.

Thank you to all our friends and supporters for sticking with us throughout our prolonged hiatus. Even if you haven’t been thinking of us in sixteen months, we’ve certainly been thinking of you.

Our new online issue – #8, Fall 2009 – features work by Angela Hibbs, Nathaniel G. Moore, Andrew Faulkner, Catriona Wright, Mike Spry, Pearl Pirie, Monty Reid, John Goldbach, Eva Moran, Michael Bryson, John Lavery, Sarah Dearing, Michael Blouin, Rebecca Rosenblum, and never-before-seen interviews with Sheila Heti and Jan Zwicky.

In typical fashion, we plan to release our next issue at the end of the season it claims to represent. So, we’re opening our pod-bay doors to submissions of fiction, poetry, reviews, recipes, and interviews. Check out our website’s submission guidelines for more information. The address is the same as it ever was – www.puritan-magazine.com.

Also, we’re open to the idea of considering your artwork for upcoming covers. Potential covers should reflect the general visual theme of our current issue’s cover and our wonderful website.

To help us pay down our monstrous debt, we’re opening our archives to you. That’s right – we’re selling our back issues at rock bottom prices. E-mail us for more details at puritanmagazine@gmail.com. Veteran and senior discounts available.

We won’t bore you any longer. Our new site hopefully says it all. Please visit often, as changes will be frequent and intriguing.

With love,

The Editors
Spencer Gordon
Tyler Willis

Andrew MacDonald

Web Crew
Derek McCrone
Jamie Weir