Issue 4.2 Launch Photos

Thank you so much to everyone who came out to celebrate with us last night! Thank you to our amazing readers, who you’ll see photos of here (more to follow!), for their reading their phenomenal work—we were truly impressed by every one of you. Thank you to The Gaslight for hosting us, and for their exemplary bar service—which included holding up a cell phone flashlight so our readers could see better. What a night!

The artwork inside the issue didn’t turn out in the proper colour/brightness etc. Please visit our excerpts page to see some of these images in their proper forms!

If you missed out and want to buy a copy of our new issue, please click here!


Michael Russell reading his wonderful “Ode to Grindr” as well as some other new work
Lisa Alward reading from her story “Hawthorne Yellow” all the way from Fredericton, and bartender extraordinaire Michael Hawco providing some light
Jade Wallace reading their poem “Softcore” from issue 4.2, as well as other new work
Our issue artist, and Fairy Gawdmother, Lesley Kenny, holding up her fabulous handmade notebooks called ReWrites—upcycled and recyclable—which were a huge hit
“We have many fans.” (joke courtesy of Lesley Kenny) 
Editor, Stephanie McKechnie, and Kimberley Griffiths, from Slant, chatting about their reading series
Kimberley Griffiths and Justin Lauzon from Slant Reading Series
Christine H. Tran during her very first (!) public poetry reading
The wonderful Daniel Scott Tysdal
Daniel Scott Tysdal reading from his fold-in poem “In the Fold” in our issue 4.2
untethered editor Stephanie McKechnie
Josh Edgar reading from his story, “Projectionist19” out of a shiny plastic duo-tang
A very crowded Gaslight! 
Jaclyn Desforges reading her poem “Crabapples” from issue 4.2


It got steamy in there!
untethered editor Nicole Haldoupis and Fairy Gawdmother/issue artist, Lesley Kenny
Editors Stephanie and Nicole
Editors with the new issue! 

ReWrites: Available at our launch THIS Thursday!

Our Fairy Gawdmother (Lesley Kenny) has made a series of notebooks, specially for this launch! You know the beautiful notebooks you have in your drawers, tucked under the couch cushion, and somewhere in that closet you never open? Those beautiful journals you bought on a whim or were given as a gift… because you’re a writer? The notebooks that are still empty?! Well these notebooks were made with you in mind. ReWrites are made from vintage and scrap papers, some coffee dyed, avocado dyed, and all of them recycled. This is not a pretty notebook. It is an inviting notebook to entice you to actually make your writerly notes.

There will also be a special raffle prize—a bigger version of the ReWrites notebook, entirely upcycled and recyclable.

Don’t miss our issue 4.2 launch THIS Thursday, December 13 at 6:30 pm at The Gaslight (1426 Bloor St W)!

Issue 4.2 Sneak Peek!

With the December 13th  launch of our EIGHTH issue just TWO short weeks away, we’re giving readers a sneak peek inside.

Click here to check out some of the great work you can expect from our contributors! You all better be getting excited, I know we are. We are celebrating four years of being wonderfully untethered! Let the stress of the looming holiday season drift away and hunker down with us at our new fabulous venue, the cozy and candlelit Gaslight (1426 Bloor St. W).

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Issue 4.2 Launch Party!

Join us for the launch of the EIGHTH issue of untethered! We’re in a new space this time and we’re so excited to celebrate in a hidden gem of the west end with you!

When: Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 6:30 pm

Where: The Gaslight in the Junction Triangle (1426 Bloor St W, a five minute walk from either Dundas West or Lansdowne subway stations)

What to expect:

*This event is FREE and open to the public

Reader Profiles


Stories by Lisa Alward are featured in The Journey Prize 2017 and Best Canadian Stories 2016 and 2017. She has received The Fiddlehead’s Short Fiction Prize and The New Quarterly’s Peter Hinchcliffe Short Fiction Award and this past year was longlisted for the CBC Short Story Prize. Born and raised in Halifax, she has lived in Toronto and Vancouver and, since 1995, in Fredericton.


Jaclyn Desforges is a writer, editor and workshop facilitator whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in Contemporary Verse 2, Minola Review, untethered, Mortar Magazine, Cathexis Northwest Press, Literary Mama and Peregrine. Her first picture book, tentatively titled Why Are You So Quiet?, will be published by Annick Press and released in 2020. She’s the winner of the 2018 RBC/PEN Canada New Voices Award for her short story THE GALL, and is currently completing her MFA in creative writing at the University of British Columbia. Jaclyn lives in Hamilton with her husband and daughter and is writing her first book of poetry.


Josh Edgar is a writer living in Toronto. His stories have appeared in The Malahat Review, The Puritan, and The Humber Literary Review. He is currently working on a novel and a book of short stories.


Michael Russell is a queer poet who is working on his first chapbook. He lives in Toronto. His work has appeared in cahoodaloodaling, Forage, The Maynard, (parenthetical), Prairie Fire, The Quilliad, and untethered among other places. He thinks you’re fantabulous. Instagram: @michael.russell.poet


Christine H. Tran is a second-generation South Viet-Canadian who lives in pre-PhD purgatory but is always game to hang in Toronto. She finessed a SSHRC-funded MA in English from York University and scored a BA at the University of Toronto Scarborough, where she danced as co-editor-in-chief of The Scarborough Review. These days, Christine is an adjunct contributor of listicles on culture & history at places, and her Buffyverse essays are upcoming in the next two volumes of ATB Publishing’s Outside In anthology series. She also assists at Brick: A Literary Journal. Find her tweeting for nine people @thechristinet.


Daniel Scott Tysdal is the ReLit Award winning author of three books of poetry, the poetry textbook The Writing Moment: A Practical Guide to Creating Poems (Oxford University Press), and the TEDx talk, “Everything You Need to Write a Poem (and How It Can Save a Life).” He is an associate professor, teaching stream, at the University of Toronto Scarborough.


Jade Wallace is a writer from the Niagara Fruit Belt, currently working in law and helping to run Draft Reading Series in Toronto, Ontario. Their fiction, poetry, and essays have been published in Canada and internationally, including in Studies in Social Justice, The Dalhousie Review, and Phenomenal Literature. Their most recent chapbook is Rituals of Parsing (Anstruther Press, 2018). Their collaborative work as part of MA|DE has been published in PRISM, with a debut chapbook forthcoming from ZED Press. Their band, The Leafy Greens, has been incorrectly described as “psychedelic stoner metal.” Find them at and

Toronto & Ottawa Anthology Launches

There will be two Ontario launches of Release Any Words Stuck Inside of You: An untethered Collection of Shorts published in collaboration with Applebeard Editions — one in Toronto, and one in Ottawa!


When: Wednesday, July 11 at 7 pm

Where: Supermarket Restaurant & Bar (268 Augusta Ave in Kensington)

Readers: André Babyn, Sara Flemington, Kate Gies, Shari Kasman, Lesley Kenny, Jeanette Lynes, Cara-Lyn Morgan, Karen Mulhallen, Katherine Pilon, Rasiqra Revulva, Emily Sanford, and Priscila Uppal


When: Monday, July 16 at 8 pm

Where: Pour Boy (495 Somerset St W)

Readers: Amanda Earl, a.m. kozak, Leah MacLean-Evans, Jordan Moffatt, and possibly a special guest!



Issue 4.1 Launch!

We’re launching our seventh issue in just SIX days! We can’t wait for you to join us in launching one of our best issues yet! Here are the details so you can book off work and mark your calendars! We better see you there!

When: Tuesday, May 1st at 7 pm

Where: Supermarket in Kensington (268 Augusta Ave.)

What to expect:

  • readings by some of our local contributors including Priscila Uppal, Karen Mulhallen, Evan J, Nicola Winstanley, Joseph Andre Thomas and Hannah Leadley
  • some amazing raffle prizes from Brick, Shameless, Briarpatch, PRISM, The Fiddlehead, Bitch magazineNorthern Appeal and more!
  • copies of the newest issue on sale for the special launch price of JUST $12 and back issues on special sale for JUST $5!!
  • Art for sale from issue artist Nimra Bandukwala

Reader Profiles


Hannah Leadley grew up looking across a river at the city of Detroit. She now writes and paints out of Toronto, investigating how these mediums hold / fail to hold the experiences of queer women. She’s pursuing an MA in creative writing, and working in publicity for The Puritan.

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Karen Mulhallen has published 23 books the most recent being Captive Love, A Memoir or Rescue (2017). “Pikangikum” is part of her newest project, Pikangikum and other poems.


Priscila Uppal is a Toronto poet, fiction writer, memoirist, playwright, and Professor of English at York University. Among her critically acclaimed publications are ten poetry collections, including Sabotage, Traumatology, & Ontological Necessities (Griffin Poetry Prize finalist); novels The Divine Economy of Salvation and To Whom It May Concern; the study We Are What We Mourn: The Contemporary English-Canadian Elegy; memoir Projection: Encounters with My Runaway Mother (Writers’ Trust Hilary Weston Prize and Governor General’s Award finalist); short stories Cover Before Striking and play 6 Essential Questions. Her work has been published internationally and translated into Croatian, Dutch, French, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Korean and Latvian. She was the first-ever poet-in- residence for Canadian Athletes Now during the 2010 Vancouver and 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic games as well as the Roger’s Cup Tennis Tournament in 2011. Her second play What Linda Said recently had its World Premiere at SummerWorks. Time Out London dubbed her “Canada’s coolest poet.” For more information visit

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Nicola Winstanley’s fiction, poetry and comix have been previously published in various magazines, including Geist, Hamilton Arts and Letters, Glass Buffalo, and The Quilliad.  Nicola has also published three picture books, most recently A Bedtime Yarn (Tundra); her fourth, How to Give Your Cat a Bath, illustrated by John Martz, is forthcoming in 2019. She teaches at Humber College in Toronto, where she also serves as the book review editor for the Humber Literary Review. Nicola lives in Hamilton, Ontario.

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Evan J comes from Cree, Anishinaabe, Dakota, and Métis traditional territory, the land of Treaty 1, and he currently lives in Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, and Métis traditional territory, the land of the Dish-With-One-Spoon Wampum and Treaty 13, beside Gabekanaang-ziibi / Niwa’ah Onega’gaih’ih / the Humber River. Evan is a white male, and if you have read Evan’s work he implores you to read at least two other non-white writers. Evan is an Editorial Assistant at Brick, A Literary Journal and is the Literary Director and Founder of Slackline Creative Arts Series in Toronto. Find him online at


Joseph Andre Thomas is a writer living and working Toronto. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s creative writing MA program and the recipient of the Avie Bennet Emerging Writer’s award and the Canadian master’s scholarship. His writing has appeared in The Puritan and the Town Crier blog. He is currently working on a novel that he dreams will one day be a Heather’s Pick.

See you on Tuesday!!!!