Climbing the Mountain

NorthWord launches Issue 15 on October 28

By Kiran Malik-Khan, Connect Contributor


Now more than ever, NorthWord magazine’s current theme of Climbing the Mountain resonates with Wood Buffalo. And, the community is invited to explore the summit with poetry readings and an open mic on October 28, 2016 when the new issue is launched at Points North Gallery.

The current issue was compiled before the evacuation, but the pieces speak to what the community is going through with their leitmotifs of hope, aspiration, and perseverance.

Published by Northern Canada Collective Society for Writers, a non-profit group, NorthWord is Wood Buffalo’s first and only literary magazine founded seven years ago by local writers and poets. It is published twice a year.

Suzanne McGladdery is the group’s president, and co-founder and is looking forward to the launch event.

“NorthWord is very pleased to be settling back in to a sense of order. Our long-delayed launch for Issue 15 is in two weeks. Our deepest gratitude goes out to Colin Hartigan and Coldwell Banker Fort McMurray for providing the financial support that enabled us to print this issue,” she noted.

“It’s been moving and heart-warming to see our community reach out and support each other. It’s crucial that our urgent needs are met, and that we have shelter, warmth, food and psychological support. It’s profoundly fulfilling that our soul-deep needs for creativity, story-telling, and art are also being met. We are accepting submissions for our next issue, Take a Deep Breath. It feels like we haven’t been able to do that yet, but we’re very much looking forward to settling into a predictable rhythm again,” McGladdery added.

NorthWord has rotating themes picked by guest editors. Local communications professional, and freelance writer, Theresa Wells, is this issue’s guest editor. She is looking forward to the “exciting launch of Issue 15.”

“I’ve been honoured to be guest editor. Thanks to the beautiful art work from the talented Lucie Bause, the magazine looks incredible and the talent contained within is equally impressive. It’s been a wonderful experience and one I would recommend for anyone interested in the literary arts, particularly if you have interest in editing or learning more about the process of developing a magazine issue based around a cohesive theme,” she explained.

Next issue’s theme as aforementioned is Take a Deep Breath. Local visual artist and photographer, Erin Stinson is looking forward to submissions. Deadline is October 30 midnight. You can send original poetry (50 lines maximum) prose (no more than 3000 words, fiction/non-fiction), and art to All names are removed by the group’s managing editor, Jane Jacques, who then sends them on to the guest editors.

The launch will feature a wine and cheese reception for adults only. Published writers from the current issue will read their works; and an open microphone will invite attendees to share anything they like. It will run from 5 to 8 p.m., and is free of charge.

NorthWord is available free of charge at MacDonald Island, River Station Arts, Chez Max, Jamaican Restaurant, Keyano College, Points North Gallery, and the Thickwood YMCA.

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