untethered is a biannual Toronto-based literary journal publishing poetry, prose, visual art, and work that blurs those lines, from emerging and established writers and artists. untethered was co-created in 2014 by three graduates of York University’s creative writing program. Since then, untethered has taken the Toronto literary scene by surprise, producing a high-quality print journal of polished, always entertaining work and throwing some of the best launch events in the literary community. untethered is a completely independent and unfunded journal.


Meet the team behind untethered.




Nicole Haldoupis
is a writer, editor and designer from Toronto. She completed her MFA in writing at the University of Saskatchewan in 2016. She lives in Saskatoon where she works as the editor at Grain. She’s a co-founder of Applebeard Editions. Her work can be found in Bad NudesThe Feathertale Review(parenthetical)Sewer Lid, and The Quilliad. Nicole is a co-creator, editor and designer at untethered.



Stephanie McKechnie
is a feminist writer who completed a BA in professional and creative writing at York University. She was selected as the 2013-14 President’s Creative Writing Award winner in Short Fiction, and received the Babs Burggraf Award in Creative Writing. She has been published in Existere and Grain and was shortlisted in PRISM International’s 2013 Literary Non-Fiction Contest. Though her feet often lead her elsewhere, she calls Toronto home. Stephanie is a co-creator and editor at untethered. It is her most recent attempt at plunging into the unknown and slightly terrifying.

Fairy Gawdmother


Lesley Kenny is a writer, editor and literary Fairy Gawdmother. She was a co-editor and social media writer for Descant magazine and she’s published fiction and poetry in a number of literary journals and one anthology. Like most writers, she’s had many jobs but the title of Fairy Gawdmother, for untethered, is her hands-down favourite.


Simon Boehm, Liana Ernszt, Jann Everard, Chelsea Forbes, Tamara Gell, Meaghan Hackinen, Rachel Laverdiere, Courtney Loberg, Geoff Pevlin, Sam Shelstad, Carolynne Siller, and Kelsy Vivash.

Copy Editors

Simon Boehm, Michael Z. Chen, Joe Howell, Courtney LobergGeoff Pevlin, and Kelsy Vivash.


Alasdair, C. Isa Lausas and Ruth Cowper Szamosi.

2 thoughts on “About

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  2. Hello Nicole, Sophie and Stephanie. Thank you for adding untethered to the literary world, and I wish your brave endeavor success.

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