In/Words explores travel in upcoming issue

In/Words, Carleton’s student-run small press literary magazine, has been asking writers and visual artists to reflect on their experiences of travelling abroad for its newest issue, which is set to be released Nov. 7. The 20-page travel-themed publication showcases poetry, prose, photography, and artwork from approximately 15 contributors from across Canada, according to editor Alison Griffith. This issue’s theme was decided by Griffith, who said the four members of this year’s In/Words editing team agreed to each come up with a different theme for the issues to be published this academic year. “I decided, for my issue, to do travel because I absolutely love travelling,” Griffith said. “I’m always taking off and I’m not really ever sitting still. So, I […]

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In/Words launches poetry anthology

In/Words, a Carleton magazine and press, launched a poetry anthology of millennial writers on March 23 as part of Versefest, Ottawa’s annual poetry festival. The anthology, called 30 Under 30, highlights the work of 30 young Canadian poets from across the country. It was produced by the In/Words editing team and curated by poet a. m. kozak, an editor with In/Words and a Carleton master’s student in social work. kozak said he first came up with the idea for the anthology nine months ago. He said there are many barriers for young writers in Canada, both financial barriers and societal ones. “I think that people under 30, millennials if you want to call them that, kind of get a bad […]

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Review: Sarah MacDonell’s The Lithium Body

In/Words magazine and press, Carleton’s in-house small press literary journal, has recently released a “lithium body” into the world. The Lithium Body is a poetry chapbook by Sarah MacDonell, who is currently settled in Ottawa. MacDonell’s words have found a home in the Ottawa poetry scene, having appeared in Sawdust, a local reading series, Ottawater, Ottawa’s annual poetry PDF journal, and ByWords, a local poetry magazine. Her new chapbook, The Lithium Body, is a long form poem that comes alive from the multiple potential interpretations of the concept of lithium. It was launched at this month’s In/Words reading evening. Part science and part heart, The Lithium Body switches back and forth between the narrator’s scientific and intimate relationships with the […]

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Review: In/Words Anonymous

Poetry is always a complex thing to review, often being harder to judge than other forms of writing. With novels and short stories, the reader can judge them based on how well they fit genre conventions, or whether they brilliantly subverted tropes. But what makes a good poem is far more personal than that, especially due to the rapid growth in the genre over the last century. The fact that poetry is so personal is something that’s always appealed to me, but does make it rather hard to review sometimes. In/Words latest issue is completely anonymous, adding another layer of poetic complexity to the writing and reader’s experience. Normally when I sit down with a collection of poetry, it’s either […]

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Review: In/Words Anonymous

Poetry is always a complex thing to review, often being harder to judge than other forms of writing. With novels and short stories, the reader can judge them based on how well they fit genre conventions, or whether they brilliantly subverted tropes. But what makes a good poem is far more personal than that, especially due to the rapid growth in the genre over the last century. The fact that poetry is so personal is something that’s always appealed to me, but it does make it rather hard to review sometimes. In/Words latest issue is completely anonymous, adding another layer of poetic complexity to the writing and reader’s experience. Normally when I sit down with a collection of poetry, it’s either a recent publication or a […]

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