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Space meets Intensity at NorthWord’s Issue 26 virtual launch event

Fort McMurray, AB - Another publication is in the books for NorthWord – A Literary Journal of Canada’s North. The 26th issue was enthusiastically received during a virtual launch event on October 2, 2022. Poetry and prose lovers spent an insightful afternoon amid beautiful words. The issue is guest edited by Alisa Caswell, the journal’s member at large, and has a theme of Space. The gorgeous cover art is by local artist Jessie Levesque.

“It was wonderful to see so many come out for our Space Launch! Editing is a lot like writing – you are hunkered down in your own world, reading, sensing, and looking at the artwork. After the final selections are made, there is still a long wait, while so much hard work is done by the NorthWord team to bring the issue to life!” notes Alisa.

“Hearing the writers read their interpretations of our theme in their poems and stories was inspiring! There is such a broad interpretation of the theme “Space” and even as writers read, their voices brought a different layer again to their words. I loved watching the eyes of the attendees grow wide as Jane (Jacques) put up pictures of the incredible artwork and the beautiful cover! Thank you to all our creative contributors and sponsors who helped publish this beautiful issue,” she added.

Jane Jacques, Managing Editor, NorthWord comments:

“We were delighted to see our contributors and friends of NorthWord at the launch for Issue 26. The "Space" theme called forth multiple interpretations, as guest editor Alisa Caswell explained, and some of the poets present shared their own conception of "Space." We also enjoyed a preview of the visual art that appeared in the issue, and our cover artist, Jessie Levesque, described the inspiration for her fabulous illustration. It's always a treat to see such creativity alive and well in our community and beyond. I'm already looking forward to the launch of Issue 27 next year!”

Speaking of which, the next issue will be guest edited by Scott Meller, “practitioner of literary and other arts.” He picked Intensity as his theme. Deadline is October 30, 2022. Midnight. Short stories or excerpts from current projects, fiction, or non-fiction (3000 words maximum), verse of no more than 50 lines, along with anything original and inventive can be submitted to the editors at

Free copies of NorthWord, published by the Northern Canada Collective Society for Writers will be available across town this week at Mitchell’s Café, Keyano College, Prestige Jewellers, Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts at Holy Trinity High School, the Redpoll Centre, Urban Market, Avenue Coffee, and the Fort McMurray International Airport.

For more information, please contact NorthWord Magazine's Public Relations Director Kiran Malik-Khan at


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