November has been abundant with events: 2 Gustafson Distinguished Poet events with internationally-acclaimed poet Lorna Crozier, a beer ’n burger fundraiser, Portfolio reading featuring Writer’s Trust award-winner Kathy Page, and the announcement of our Portent Non-fiction Contest winner!
On November 7th, Lorna Crozier, the Ralph Gustafson Distinguished Poet of 2018, did a free reading at White Sails Brew Pub, sharing the stage with Portal contributor Aislinn Cottell, who read from her own selection. The event was a resounding success, drawing a sizable and diverse audience.
Crozier’s lecture “Writing & Risk” included her bold and daring approach to writing. Crozier’s lecture will be the next instalment in the Gustafson Distinguished Poet chapbook series, which are published annually and available at the VIU bookstore. You can check out the entire lecture on Portal’s Youtube page.
Midway through the month, we had Portal’s Beer ‘n’ Burger Fundraiser at the Old City Station Pub on November18th. People came in from the cold and enjoyed a pint, with the proceeds going to Portal’s 2019 issue in April.
After poring over our Portent Non-Fiction Contest entries, the Portal team reached its decision on November 20th. Awarding Zach Cooper $500 first prize for his short-story “On the Left,” to be published in the 2019 edition of Portal.
To polish-off November’s events, Portal hosted its first Portfolio Reading Series on Monday the 26th with Salt Spring Island author and VIU instructor Kathy Page. Held at the White Room, the event’s intimate venue was perfect for Page’s inspired, illuminating novel Dear Evelyn, awarded the 2018 Rogers Writer’s Trust Prize for Fiction.
Alasdair Robertson and Caleigh Broatch entranced the audience with readings from X and “Eden” respectively. Kain Stewart, the evening’s charming emcee, guided the event’s proceedings.
– Raymond Wade, Fiction Editor, Audio Visual Editor, and Print Publicity