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Portal: Words to transport you.

Creativity that conveys, carries, and conducts. Explorations that elevate, enchant, and entrance. Prose that provokes. Stories that spellbind. Tales that thrill.

Portal is an annual full-colour 96-page literary magazine that offers a gateway to accomplished short fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, scripts, interviews, art, and photography by emerging writers. What makes Portal so portentous? It is a portrait of literary talent in the making, a portable guide to the view from here. Enter Portal’s literary universe and discover worlds and futures ready to unfold.

Portal has featured interviews with high-profile Canadian writers Gregory Scofield, Fred Wah, George Elliot Clarke, Gary Geddes, Dennis Lee, Daphne Marlatt, Jan Zwicky, Robert Bringhurst, Don Domanski, Dionne Brand, Don McKay, Tom Wayman, Michael Crummey, Katherena Vermette, and Douglas Gibson.

We’ve also had the pleasure of being one of the first places to feature the works of authors who have gone on to publish wonderful literary titles across a variety of genres: Sina Queyras, Carol Windley, Rhonda Batchelor, Margo Button, Kim Clark, Ursula Vaira, Elizabeth Ross, Lori Shwydky, Shanon Sinn, Ian Gibson, Jolene Heathcote, Devin Krukoff, Danielle Lagah, Kerry Trevelyan Gilbert, Paul Tyler, and Troy Wilson.

Our faculty – Kathy Page, Susan Juby, Sonnet L’Abbe, Rob Wiersema, Jay Ruzesky, Frank Moher, Bill Gough, Stephen Hume, Alisa Gordaneer, and Joy Gugeler – support the writers on our pages as extensions of their workshops in Vancouver Island University’s Creative Writing and Journalism (CREW) department on Nanaimo, Duncan, and Powell River campuses as well as their own literary networks. Past CREW faculty associated with Portal include its two former Portal publishers Rhonda Bailey (1993-2009) and Ron Smith (1991-1992) as well as Marilyn Bowering, Keith Harrison, Steve Guppy, Richard Dunstan, and Kevin Roberts.

Portal is available for purchase on newsstands across the country through Magazines Canada and locally in Nanaimo at the VIU bookstore. Back issues are $7, while the current issue is $10. Back issues from 1991 through to the present are also available for view through ISSUU online as full PDFs.