Black Bear Review Launches Annual Print Magazine – Nelson Star

West Kootenay’s only literary magazine, the Black Bear Review, will celebrate its sixth annual print magazine with a launch party on Thursday, April 7, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Booksmyth Used Books in Nelson.

Recently published authors of the new edition will read selections of their work at the event, and copies of the magazine will be available for sale for $10 each. All profits earned will go toward future printing costs.

“It’s been a long pandemic years,” says this year’s editor, Terra-Mae Box. “This highly anticipated in-person event provides an opportunity for writers and creative collaborators to come together and celebrate the written word.”

The evening’s star readers are Oshi Spring, John Huizinga, Leannah Fidler, Gwen Higgins, Katie Dyck, Lizzy Whitehouse and Shanna Wilson.

Launched as an initiative to give creative writing and media arts students at Selkirk College experience as writers, editors, publishers, and designers, the magazine now serves as an important cultural center for writers and artists from the Kootenays, publishing fiction, non-fiction, poetry, art and comics in addition to supporting an arts and culture podcast titled This Black Bear Has 28 Minutes.

This year the magazine received many submissions from Selkirk College students and West Kootenay writers. Contributors came from as near as Selkirk College’s student residences and as far away as Washington and Ontario. Content published in this year’s issue ranges widely in the realm of eco-poetry, gritty poems that reflect the secrets between us, non-fiction about wild horse conservation in the Chilcotin and immigration to Canada since Lebanon, and fictional tales based on complex characters.

Admission to the April 7 launch party is by donation. For questions about the magazine or its distribution, email Leesa Dean at [email protected] or visit

For those unable to attend the launch party and want a copy of this year’s magazine, they will be available for purchase through Selkirk College’s online bookstore and select bookstores in Nelson and Castlegar by the end April.

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