L’Amour is in the last year of a writing degree. She focuses on creative nonfiction and poetry. Previously, she’s worked as poetry and CNF editor for This Side of West. She enjoys printmaking, drawing, and reading comics. Both This Side of West and The Warren have published her CNF.
Riley Smith is a 2nd-year student in screen and fiction. His favourite writers include August Wilson, William Faulkner and Quentin Miller. Riley has played with award-winning folk band Rough Around The Edges and appears in the film Laser Hamlet 3D. In his free time, Riley can be found on, in or around bikes.
Sara Bayat is in her final year of undergraduate creative writing at Uvic. Her first publication was in the 2014-15 issue of This Side of West, and she is thrilled to join the TSoW troop as a fiction editor this season. Her work has previously been longlisted for the 2016 PRISM international Short Fiction Contest, and she was a semifinalist in the 2016 Carve Magazine Raymond Carver Short Story Contest. Her short story, “Mog-a-moos,” currently appears in issue 55.1 of PRISM international. On an extraneous note, Sara has a cat named Bird and should probably one day have a bird called Cat.
Shannon is in her second year of Creative Writing at UVic. She interned with This Side of West last year and has recently been upgraded to poetry editor. She has a poem in Eber & Wein’s upcoming anthology, Upon Arrival, and received an honourable mention in the Times Colonist Flash Fiction Contest for a few paragraphs about a girl without bones. Shannon is a yoga instructor, avid bookworm and nature lover. She delights in many creative endeavours from painting to playing piano and has an uncanny knack for getting lost.
Stephanie doesn’t want to talk about which year of her degree she’s in, but she’s almost done. She has been a member of the TSOW team since 2014, when she worked as a poetry editor. She has received the Maurice Hodgson Creative Writing Award of Distinction, the Millen Undergraduate Award, and the Robert and Norah Wallace Commemorative Scholarship for her writing. Her other interests include design, architecture, printmaking, and coffee, but poetry will always be her first and truest love.
Issue 14 is on its way, and we’re so excited to share it with all of you! We’ll be launching this year’s issue at Copper Owl on April 8th. Authors from all four genres will be reading, and we’ll also be interviewing some of the visual artists we’re publishing this year. Afterwards, Cathedral Bloom and Christmas Jeans will give us some sweet, sweet music to dance to. What a time! Come have a drink, support local literature, and have a great time with us.
We’ll be selling tickets on campus beginning next week. If you can’t catch up with us, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a ticket.
$10 in advance, $12 at the door.
Or $20 for a ticket + a shiny brand new Issue 14. What a deal!
Our annual Editors’ Reading had an amazing turnout this year! We heard readings from our lovely editors, and music from Dry Williams. A good time was had by all. Thanks to Deluge Contemporary Art for hosting us.
Thanks to everyone for coming out. Look forward to more events in the coming year!
Our Editorial Board has been established and we are now accepting submissions for Issue #14 of This Side of West.
Poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, drama and visual art: we want it all!
This year we are trying out a more in-depth editorial process. Submissions will be reviewed by our editors who will offer detailed feedback. The submission will then go through revision before being published.
Please see our submission guidelines for information about what we’re looking for.