untethered at LitBang!

Guess who’s at LitBang! (hint: we are!)

There’s only one week left of National Poetry Month, and that is just enough time for you to get to the amazing literary pop up shop at 982 Queen Street West (open until the end of April) to pick up copies of untethered at special LitBang! prices — only $10 for our latest issue, and $5 for one of the last remaining copies of our back issues! We’re excited to have found a home here alongside some other great publications, such as The Feathertale Review, Taddle Creek, Broken Pencil, CAROUSEL, Poetry is Dead, and more. Don’t miss it!


Check out the cover art for issue 3.2, “LA Woman” by Anouk Wolse!

Contributors in this issue include André Babyn, Paul Carlucci, sarah duignan, Amanda Earl, MW Jaeggle, Hedieh Mehdi Zadeh Kashani, Lindsay Kiesman, C. Isa Lausas, Amy LeBlanc, Danica Lorer, Lorette C. Luzajic, Brandon Marlon, Cassidy McFadzean, Credence McFadzean, Christine Ottoni, Andrew Michael Petrucci, Rasiqra Revulva, Ellie Sawatzky, Paddy Scott, Clay Thistleton, Erin Emily Ann Vance, and Changming Yuan.

A New Way to Donate!

It’s that time again! We are gearing up for the printing of our brand new issue and need you!

We are pleased to announce that as of today we are now offering you a new and simple way to help us out. You can now donate to untethered on a monthly basis by using the links below (no buttons or menus are available at the moment because of some frustrating technical difficulties).

Why monthly, you ask? We are an independent literary journal, completely funded by our readers and other patrons of the arts. We are so appreciative of the support we have received in the past from our generous readers, but we’ve realized that relying on spontaneous gifts ultimately makes further growth for untethered untenable.

Receiving smaller, but predictable, donations, rather than larger more sporadic gifts, will help our team accurately budget and plan for the future of untethered.  We will be able to slowly increase our annual budget, forecast our monthly cashflow, and know what expenses we can afford and when.

The most exciting news, is thanks to an amazing supporter of untethered and Canadian art initiatives, EVERY monthly donation we receive will be DOUBLED! So your gift will go twice as far!

We have a few goals that we have been trying to achieve over the past year, and every one of our readers that signs up to give a small monthly donation will enable us to reach them. With your help, we hope that soon we will be able to:

  • offer our contributors fair and competitive compensation for publication
  • accept and publish artists’ works in colour
  • print more copies of untethered for distribution outside of our launches
  • offer subscriptions and discounts to dedicated readers
  • host more literary events in the city
  • invest in improving our administrative processes (like using Submittable and hosting our own website) which will make submitting to untethered simpler, faster and more reliable

Not only is the most sustainable way for us to receive funding, but it also makes it much easier on you, our donors. Simply choose an affordable amount from the links below (you can always change it in the future)  and check out with PayPal. If you are usually inclined to give a large one-time or yearly donation, we urge you to break that down into smaller monthly installments—it might be the same to you but it makes a world of difference on our end.

To donate $10 a month, click here.

To donate $25 a month, click here.

To donate $50 a month, click here.

To donate $100 a month, click here.


If there’s an amount you would like to donate but don’t see it above, send us an email and we will custom make a link for you!

Thank you all for your continued support of untethered! We really couldn’t do this with without you! 



Call for Submissions

We’re always taking submissions and we’ve received so much great stuff already — thank you to everyone who has sent work our way! We’re starting to put together our upcoming Winter issue, and if you’d like your work to be considered for it please send us your short fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and visual art by Sunday, December 11th, 2016!

Check these bodies out! Vol. 3.1 Launch Photos!

We are so thankful to all the folks who came out last Wednesday night to celebrate the launch of the fifth issue of untethered, the “body issue!” It was a jam packed launch, we ran out of chairs, and truthfully, we couldn’t have been happier. We had so much fun and really hope you did too. The featured readers blew us away with their body (and sometimes bawdy) talk. We didn’t realize until after, but this was our first launch ever featuring solely poets. We were so impressed by everyone’s individual stage presence and reading style, we were completely immersed in the night. Sometimes we got so into the poets, we forgot we had to get on stage when they were done!

Big thanks again to everyone who read and came out to support the magazine and hear our talented contributors.

Here are some rad photos from the evening thanks to Julia Heximer and Michelle Liu!

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Our beautiful, body-filled stage!

First Half.


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First up, William Kemp, co-founder of words(on)pages, reading his poem “SKINNY”



Terry Trowbridge reading us his poems about coyotes in Niagara in the new issue of untethered


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Forrest Jamie reading “The Way We Used to Breathe”



Victoria Butler, before she reads her poem “Confessional”


Inspired by the last line of Victoria Butler’s poem, “Confessional” (“my body keeps leaving me voicemails telling me it’s tired of feeling weak”), we had a contest before the break. We asked launch attendees to write on our sweet mannequins, or tweet (@untetheredmag #untetheredbodies) their answer to the question: if your body left you a voicemail what would it say?


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Shout outs to the best launch bartenders ever, Joe and Fraser of the Monarch Tavern


Before we kicked off the second half, we pulled for raffle winners, and our Fairy Gawdmother, Lesley Kenny, joined us on stage to talk a little bit about DescantOnline, and to introduce Karen Mulhallen, the poet, and editor of Descant Magazine for over forty years.


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Pulling for the raffle


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Introducing Fairy Gawdmother, Lesley Kenny to the stage


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Our Fairy Gawdmother, Lesley Kenny, introducing Karen Mulhallen, a real “gibbous moon”


Second Half.


Karen Mulhallen reading three poems published in untethered 3.1 from Seasons In the Key of J, forthcoming from Tightrope Books 2017



Anjalee Nadarajan reading her poetry



Yusuf Saadi reading his Malahat Review’s Far Horizons Poetry Award-winning poem




Trevor Abes reads another haunting poem about the Mount Sinai Indigo store


After the readers, we pulled for more raffle winners, and read aloud the tweets and writings “on the body” of the mannequins while the audience cheered for a winner.


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Multi-tasking with mannequins


There were so many thoughtful, haunting and/or funny tweets and responses to the contest, but we let the audience decide which they liked best. Congrats to our “what would your body say if it left you a voicemail” contest winners, who got the biggest claps and laughs, and a prize of a drink on us.

We had SO much fun, and we were impressed by all of the readers who shared their work and inspired by the feedback we received from the audience. untethered would be nothing without all of you.

Big shout out to all of our helpers throughout the night: Kelsy Vivash and Lesley Kenny, raffle ticket pushers extraordinaire; Danielle Haldoupis, Michael Ricci, and Alex DiCintio, untethered table volunteers;  Julia Heximer and Michelle Liu, our bad ass photographers for the evening; and all our friends and family who came out to support us.


We hope to see you all at the winter launch of 3.2!