Portal Magazine launches Thursday: Advance copies available starting Tuesday

April 18, 2011 - 7:09am

The 2011 Portal team is proud to present the official launch of this year's edition of Portal on Thursday, April 21, 7-9 p.m. in the Royal Arbutus Room at Vancouver Island University.

The annual literary magazine features new literary and visual work from VIU students and this year it has a new layout and design that enhances and complements the works inside. In addition, Portal 2011 costs $2 less than years past – just $7.

This edition of Portal features an interview with Canadian poet Don McKay, who was the 2010 Ralph and Betty Gustafson Chair of Poetry. He delivered two inspiring poetry readings at the university in October 2010. It will also feature the winners of the postcard prose contest.

To celebrate the official unveiling, the Portal team has put together a catered evening of readings, music and other entertainment including a reading by guest author Amanda Hale of Hornby Island. Hale, a novelist, poet and visual artist will read from In the Embrace of the Alligator, her recently published collection of short fiction about Cuba published by Thistledown Press. For more on her work, visit: AmandaHale.com.

Awards from the Creative Writing department will also be presented at the Portal launch and there are door prizes to be won by those who purchase a copy of the magazine.

Since 1991, Portal has been put together by a dedicated class of VIU Creative Writing students who have a hand in all aspects of creating the magazine – selecting the writing and art pieces, making design decisions, working one-on-one with contributors on an editing basis, selling ads, and distributing the magazine. The class combines the process of learning how to put together a literary magazine while producing a high quality publication that showcases creative work by VIU students.

This special evening is open to the public. Advance copies can be purchased on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 19-20, 11:30 am – 1 pm in building 345, VIU, Nanaimo campus.

Contact Information:

Rachelle Stein-Wotten




Gareth Boyce

Managing Editor



Joy Gugeler


250-753-3245, ext. 2793


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