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Chris (Seabacola) Beaton is an aspiring Mohawk First Nations writer and storyteller and fourth-year English and Creative Writing student at VIU. This is his second year working on Portal, this time as Managing Editor after being a Script Editor and Portfolio Series Manager for 2021.

Tammi Carto is a third-year Creative Writing student at VIU taking classes in fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and publishing, and is building her portfolio in these genres. She is an avid reader of fiction and former bookseller at the independent store Books and Stationery, in Powell River, B.C. where she loved the excitement of unpacking new titles and sharing her love of stories with customers. She is a Fiction Editor and on the Social Media team for Portal.

Jack Corfield is a third-year Creative Writing and English student at VIU, working on Portal as Poetry Editor and on the Portfolio team. On island time, he’s filling his portfolio with literary sci-fi, genre fantasy, and sesquipedalian poetry about space.

Kirsten Dayne is a third-year Creative Writing major, an aspiring novelist, and a sometimes-artist. She is the Book Review Editor and a Fiction Editor as well as helping to produce Portal merch for Portal 2022. Kirsten pursued post-secondary studies in fashion design before realizing writing was her passion.

Brennan O’Toole is a third-year Creative Writing student at VIU. He writes short fiction and poetry and is developing his portfolio. This is his first year as Poetry Editor for Portal. He has received the Mary Garland Coleman Prize and the Pat Bevan Award for poetry.

Erika Parsons is a third-year Creative Writing major with a love of poetry and horror fiction. This is her first year working on Portal as a Poetry Editor and a member of the social media team.

Isabella Ranallo is a third-year Creative Writing student, working with Portal as a Fiction Editor and she is on the ad team for 2022 and co-writing the feature on Al Moritz, VIU’s Gustafson Distinguished Poet. She is also currently the Arts Editor at The Navigator. Her short story “The Journal” was published in In Our Own Teen Voice 2019 by Rebel Mountain Press in collaboration with Vancouver Island Regional Library and her article on getting published in literary magazines will be published by the BC Federation of Writers.

Soren Van Helm is a fourth-year Creative Writing and French student at VIU. For his first year working on Portal, he’s taking on the roles of Script Editor, Portfolio/AV team member, and Ad Sales team member.

Christine Walker is a fourth-year Media Studies and Creative Writing student at VIU. She is the magazine’s Website Designer and this is her first year on the Social Media and Portfolio/AV teams.

Sophia Wasylinko is a third-year Creative Writing and Journalism student at VIU. This year, she is a Poetry Editor as well as interviewing Al Moritz for the Gustafson Distinguished Poet’s Lecture feature for Portal She is also the News Editor for The Navigator.

Brendan Wanderer is a fourth-year Creative Writing and Visual Arts student at VIU. He previously attended Nova Scotia Community College, graduating with an Honours Diploma in Screen Arts. His short film “Leave Pizza Here”was a selection in the 2016 Atlantic Film Festival. He has a deep love of graphic novels and is actively working on writing and illustrating two volumes. This year he is a Nonfiction Editor and on the Portfolio for Portal.

Benjamin Weick is a fourth-year Creative Writing student at VIU. His story “Stone Wishes” was published in Camosun College’s Beside the Point, and he has been on the editing team of that magazine twice This is his second year with Portal; this time as the magazine’s Acquisition Editor. For the 2021 30th anniversary issue he was a Fiction Editor, and on the merchandise team.

Hannah Willden is a fourth-year English and Creative Writing student at VIU who writes nonfiction, short fiction, and poetry. It is her first year working on Portal as Nonfiction Editor, and as an ad and merchandise team representative.