Portfolio is Portal’s monthly reading series held at the White Rabbit Coffee Co monthly from September to March in Nanaimo, BC in partnership with our great local indie bookstore Windowseat Books. It typically takes place midweek from 7:00-8:30 pm.
The night opens with readings from three student readers, with excellent work in the same genre as the feature reader, reading for approx 7 mins each. There is a brief intermission and then we introduce the keynote reader to do a reading, typically 30-40 mins, followed by a brief question-and-answer period with the audience.
The White Rabbit is a funky venue on Selby Street in the old train station, and fits 25+ with room for a merch table, book sales by Windowseat Books, and refreshments for sale. We are completely student funded and the event is free, but we offer a $100 honorarium for keynote readers. We anticipate a good turnout and there is buzz about the venue and our series, running since 2018 when we started the series at The White Room, a funky heritage space downtown, but sadly not accessible by wheelchair.
Check out these posters from past pre-Covid live readings and these Zoom videos for readings and interviews since the pandemic started. We hope to be back in business for the next school year, September 2021 all things being equal. Hope to see you there! Check out this page in the meantime for upcoming Zoom events January -March 2021.