Creating from Scratch: Asian Canadian Literary Publications and their role in publishing and the community

May 22, 12.00pm – 1.30pm (PST)

Grassroots literary magazines and journals have been part of publishing since almost the time of the printing press, but throughout history, have played a critical role for emerging writers and editors. Made on the pure passion with little or no funding, these publications are often unglamorous artefacts of our current age of creative independence, but all inevitably encounter the same challenges that traditional commercial publications face: creating readership, meaningful content, and continuing relevance. Featuring four independent journals run by students, artists, and community activists from across Canada, this session highlights not only their work in the publishing field, but also insights from how these cultural producers created their publications from the ground up.

– Olivia Lim from Tributaries
– Chris Patterson (Kawika Guillermo) & David Ng from decomp
– Brooke Xiang from Chinatown Today
– Justin Abigail Yu & Jocelyn Yu from Living Hyphen

Moderated by Alyssa Sy de Jesus


We would like to acknowledge that our festival takes place on the unceded traditional territories of the Skwxwú7mesh, Səl̓ílwətaɬ and xʷməθkwəy̓əm First Nations.