Portal Blog

Vancouver Island: A Poet’s Paradise

November 27, 2017

  photo by Marty Borsboom “Come forth into the light of things, Let Nature be your teacher.” ― William Wordsworth If a picture is worth a thousand words, then how much does scene after scene of Mother Nature’s raw beauty inspire? From majestic rainforests…

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Zine Scene: Canzine Vancouver

November 18, 2017

On the 26th of September, I received an email about open applications for Canzine, a series of zine festivals in Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver, and now Calgary, presented by brokenpencil. That night I applied for the Vancouver event. Zine is short for magazine. Zines…

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Take a Literary Leap: Submit to Portal!

November 15, 2017

In my second year Creative Writing class a Portal student came in to make an announcement and passed around orange sheets calling for submissions. I was trying to decide my major and Creative Writing was in the lead. I took the handout home…

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The Voices of Portal: Our Gustafson Family

November 14, 2017

On the morning of October 26th I met with Fred Wah, VIU’s 2017 Ralph Gustafson Distinguished Chair of Poetry, to interview him before his student reading that afternoon at VIU. Our conversation discussed racial hybridity, environmental studies, and his founding of the avant…

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Portal is a New World… of Opportunity

November 10, 2017

  I am the only international student in VIU’s Creative Writing classes… so far. I came from India to Canada and am now in my fourth year, but even in my first I put myself out there and submitted my work to Portal. It…

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The Internet is Useful After All

November 7, 2017

Handy Dandy Writing Tools on the World Wide Web   The internet is an endless source of procrastination for the modern writer: Facebook,Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest—pick your poison. Our computers are black holes of pop culture sucking away time, creativity, drive, our very souls—we…

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