Jon Paul Fiorentino
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Jon Paul Fiorentino's first novel is Stripmalling, which was shortlisted for the 2009 Hugh MacLennan Award for Fiction. His most recent book of poetry is Indexical Elegies which recently won the 2010 CBC Book Club Award for Best Book of Poetry. He is the author of the poetry books The Theory of the Loser Class which was shortlisted for the 2006 A.M. Klein Award for Poetry and Hello Serotonin as well as the humor book Asthmatica. His next book of poetry is Needs Improvement, which will be out in 2013 with Coach House Books. He lives in Montreal where he teaches creative writing at Concordia University, and edits Matrix magazine.

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A Morrissey Fan's Dream Comes True

(10) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 3:56 PM

In June of 2009, I wrote a small article about a woman in her fifties named Frances Eby. Fran makes YouTube videos of herself strumming and singing Morrissey songs. The videos caught my attention because they were performed with a kindness and passion that, to me,...

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On April 7, Don't Let Pauline Marois Impose Her Anti-Freedom on Quebec

(4) Comments | Posted April 5, 2014 | 1:28 PM

I moved to Montreal in 1999 in order to pursue my dream of becoming a writer. I studied at Concordia, worked hard, graduated, published, got a job teaching, and eventually built a life for myself in this beautiful city. I am the co-parent of a beautiful and fiercely intelligent daughter....

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If You Were the Class Daydreamer, You're Probably a Writer

(2) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 12:43 PM

There was a sixth grade English teacher who haunted me for the longest time. He told me, in no uncertain terms, and in front of the entire class, that I wasn't very bright. English was always my favourite subject. It was the subject I had usually excelled at. I was...

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Sexism and Silence in the Literary Community

(4) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 1:24 PM

Zoe Whittall's recent viral poem, "Unequal to Me", exposes the prevalence of sexism in literary book reviews by performing a simple, clever trick. In this found poem, Whittall takes lines from book reviews of women authors and switches the pronouns to male. In doing so, she reveals the...

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Why Morrissey Still Matters

(8) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 5:38 PM

Morrissey (as an artist and public figure) has always had the uncanny ability to charm and repel at the same time. His staunch animal rights activism, his hatred of the throne, his A.E. Housmanesque gift for misanthropy, his refusal to adhere to any of...

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A Film Festival First for Montreal

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2013 | 9:39 AM

Montreal has long been praised for being a cultural hub, a "City of Festivals," a city of great diversity. It is worthy of such praise. It has also been criticized for its crumbling infrastructure, its ongoing civic corruption, and its inability to meet the needs of...

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Will More Male Athletes "Come Out" in 2013?

(9) Comments | Posted December 26, 2012 | 12:31 PM

I was asked to offer a few sentences about what I thought was the sports story of the year for The Barnstormer, a truly excellent and entertaining website. I thought about it for a while. There were some remarkable feel-good stories, such as the return of...

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You Don't Have to Be Adam Lanza's Mother to Make a Statement

(38) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 12:12 PM

I am so troubled by people saying that mental health is the REAL issue that needs to be addressed in the wake of the Newtown tragedy. People with mental health challenges have to deal with enough unwarranted stigmatization and marginalization as it is. People with Autism, Asperger's Sydrome,...

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