Book Review Editor
Portfolio Series Coordinators
Social Media Team
Tammi Carto, Jack Corfield
Nicole Kaastra, Liz Baltzer, Barbara Burgardt
Sam Bollinger, Tianna Vertigan, Bella Hoodle
Beatrix Taylor, Zeel Desai, Nittu Prasai
Sam Bollinger, Tianna Vertigan, Kirsten Dayne
Sam Bollinger, Tianna Vertigan
Sam Bollinger, Bella Hoodle, Beatrix Taylor,
Chloe de Beeld
Barbara Burgardt, Beatrix Taylor, Susan Garcia
Seth Scott, Jack Corfield
Joyce Smith, Zeel Desai
Barbara Burgardt, Liz Baltzer, Nicole Kaastra,
Jayne Wright, Taylor Iverson
Tammi is a third-year Creative Writing student. This is her second year working on Portal, this time as Co-Managing Editor after being a Fiction Editor and on the Social Media team last year. She is working on a collection of linked short stories called Left Turns. In 2022, her poem “Inter/section” was published in Portal and she won the Bill Juby Award. Her non-fiction story “A New Leaf” is included in the 2023 issue.
Jack is a third-year Creative Writing and Media Studies student. He is Audio Editor at The Navigator producing podcasts, and is President of VIU's Creative Writing Club. His script “Slow Burn” and digital artworks “Astral Girl” and “Vaporous Rock” appear in the 2023 issue. He is Co-Managing Editor for Portal 2023 and was Poetry Editor and AV Editor for Portal 2022.
Kirsten is a Creative Writing major in her fifth and final year, an aspiring novelist, and a sometimes-artist. Her photograph “Leaving Red” appears in the 2023 issue, as does her review of Rachel Bird. Her short story “Only Human” was published in Portal 2022. She is the Acquisitions Editor for Portal 2023, and was a Fiction Editor and the Book Review Editor for Portal 2022. She studied fashion design before realizing writing was her true passion.
Seth is currently completing a BA in Politics and Journalism. In 2021, he received a scholarship to attend the Photo Evidence workshop in southern France. He has traveled to over 80 nations, and extensively in Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Somalia, and the Sudan. He also completed The Mongol Rally, a charity intercontinental road trip from the United Kingdom to Mongolia. His photographs "Afghan Swans," "Flamingo," "Snowy River," "Mount Washington," "Pack of Cigarettes," and "Kenya Sunrise" appear in this issue. He is the Art Director and an AV Editor for Portal 2023
Tianna is a fourth-year Creative Writing major and Studies in Women and Gender minor. She is a Poetry and Copy Editor and the Web Designer for Portal 2023. In addition to this year’s co-authored Gustafson Feature, her poem “Shell Shocked” and review of Modern Fables are her first publications in Portal. She is also the current Copy Editor for The Navigator and has received both the Barry Broadfoot and Meadowlarks Awards.