Vancouver Island University’s student-run literary magazine will celebrate in-person the launch of this year’s full-colour 100-page issue.
Portal 2022 launches in Nanaimo on April 29 at the Grand Hotel, 4898 Rutherford Rd., from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and will be on newsstands across the country in May.
According to a release from Vancouver Island University, the launch will feature readings from issue contributors, a performance by musician Soren Van Helm, and awarding of the university’s creative writing department scholarships.
“Portal 2022 brings to vibrant life fiction, poetry, nonfiction, scripts, artwork, and photography within its 100 pages – transporting readers from the mountains of Nepal to the edges of space,” read the release. “This issue also bravely tackles important topics of abuse, loss, difference, identity, recovery, and healing.”
The release noted that Portal also shares an exclusive interview with Canadian poet and current Toronto poet laureate, A.F. Moritz, on his writing process and passions throughout his 50-year career.
Also unique to this year’s issue, noted the release, is the Portfolio Spotlight on two students, Susan Garcia and Zeel Desai, who share personal stories from their Indigenous and Indian cultural backgrounds, respectively.
Tickets to the April 29 launch can be purchased at the door or in advance by email at email@example.com. Launch capacity is currently limited to 120 attendees.