Past Contributor Reading Series: Amanda Jess

Today in PCRS, Amanda Jess reading her CNF piece “What am I complaining about?” from untethered vol. 5.1 

Amanda Jess is a Nova Scotia-based writer who has been published in FLARE, untethered, and several newspapers throughout Nova Scotia. She has an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of King’s College and a BA in Journalism from St. Thomas University. She proudly owns the label feminist, and specializes in writing that explores consent, self-love, and relationships. @jessamand

If you missed this issue you can grab a copy here, and check out selected excerpts here.

CW: this reading discusses sexual assault.

You can read Amanda’s piece below.

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for a reading from our next past contributor, Maryam Gowralli.

Past Contributor Reading Series: Joyce Chong

Happy Sunday!! Today in our PCRS, Joyce Chong reads her poems “adrift” and “natural disaster” from untethered vol. 1.2 

Joyce Chong lives in Mississauga, Ontario. She works with bacteria all day, and in her spare time enjoys picking up and putting down heavy objects  and calling it exercise. You can find her work in a variety of literary magazines and anthologies, full list available at She is also the author of two micro-chapbooks, “Inventory” and “Dream-Like Houses” from Ghost City Press. You can find her on Twitter or Instagram @_joycechong. 

This issue is sold out, but you can still read excerpts from it here!

Read Joyce’s wonderful poems below!

Tomorrow we feature Amanda Jess, so don’t forget to check back in!

Past Contributor Reading Series: Arina Kharlamova

Today in PCRS Part Two, Arina Kharlamova reading her poem “for want of exhaustion” from untethered vol. 2.2 

Arina Kharlamova is a poet, mama, and copywriter. She’s working on her first poetry collection, slowly, in between mamahood. Find her at @arkamova on twitter and instagram

This issue is sold out but if you missed it, you can read selected excerpts from it here.

This poem will go down in history as one of my favourites we’ve ever published. It makes me smile and cry at the same time just like I did when I first heard Arina read it at our launch. I think it’s just gorgeous and I hope you think so too.

Read this absolutely beautiful poem below.

Don’t forget to check back in tomorrow when we’ll have another amazing reading up for you by Joyce Chong from our second issue!

Past Contributor Reading Series: Victoria Mbabazi

Today in our PCRS, Victoria Mbabazi reading her poem “SHE DOESN’T COME BACK” from untethered vol. 5.1 

Victoria Mbabazi is a mental health major pursuing a double minor in creative writing and philosophy at University of Toronto. Her work can be found in The Puritan, CV2, Feels Zine, Bywords, untethered Magazine, and  Release Any Words Stuck Inside You Volume 2. Her poetry placed second in The Hart House Review contest and her work has been shortlisted in Plenitude’s Flash Fiction contest and long-listed in Room’s Poetry contest. She’ll be doing an MFA with a concentration in poetry at NYU in the fall and is currently working on a poetry collection. @victoria_mbabazi 

If you missed this issue you can still grab a copy here or check out other issue excerpts here.

Read the poem below:

You can find read other amazing works by Victoria in Bywords here, and in The Puritan here.

Be sure to check back tomorrow, when we will be featuring another one of my favourite poems we’ve had the opportunity to publish, from Arina Kharlamova, in our Past Contributor Reading Series!

Past Contributor Reading Series: Part TWO

Past Contributor Reading Series Part Two starts tomorrow! This week will be featuring fabulous readings from past untethered contributors Victoria Mbabazi, Arina Kharlamova, Joyce Chong, Amanda Jess, Maryam Gowralli and Jade Wallace. 

We hope you enjoyed Part One of the reading series as much as we did! We’re very excited for this next installment and we hope you tune in and enjoy!

You can keep up to date with all things untethered, including the reading series, by following us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook or subscribe for email updates from our site (links on the left).

We hope you enjoy! If you missed any of our past issues you can still buy a copy here!

Have you been published in our past pages? Do you want to share your reading with our followers? Send us an email with “Virtual Reading Series” in the subject line and we’ll get you involved for a future installment!

Submissions now closed.

Wow! Wow! Wow! Submissions are officially closed and we could not be more impressed with how many submissions we received–the most EVER! We have over 1000 pieces to dig into in the coming weeks and we can’t wait! Thank you to everyone who sent us their work! We will be making our decisions by late August so stay tuned!

Past Contributor Reading Series: Meaghan Hackinen

Today in the PCRS is Meaghan Hackinen reading her CNF piece “Highway to Neverland” from untethered Vol. 2.1 and her poem “Bout Day” from Vol. 4.1

Meaghan Marie Hackinen is a writer and cyclist from Vancouver, BC. Her two-wheeled adventures have taken her from Haida Gwaii to Mexico’s high plateaus, across Canada and the United States, and, most recently, from North Cape to Tarifa along some of Europe’s highest paved roads. Her writing explores relationships, experiences on the road, and encounters with wild places. Meaghan is the author of South Away: The Pacific Coast on Two Wheels (NeWest Press, 2019). She has an MFA in Writing from the University of Saskatchewan and currently resides in Kelowna, BC. @meaghanhackinen

You can purchase a copy of Meaghan’s excellent book South Away: The Pacific Coast on Two Wheels (one of my favourite reads this past winter) on the NeWest Press site here.

The next installment of our Past Contributor Reading Series will begin next week so stay tuned and subscribe to our site or follow us on social media for all the latest things untethered.

Past Contributor Reading Series: Michael Russell

Next up in the PCRS: Michael Russell reading “Ode to Grindr” originally published in untethered Vol. 4.2 and read from his debut chapbook Grindr Opera!

Michael Russell is a queer poet with BPD, Bipolar Disorder and massive jolts of anxiety. His first chapbook Grindr Opera was recently published by Frog Hollow Press in their Dis / Ability series. He lives in Toronto. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Arc Poetry Magazine, Heavy Feather Review, Homology Lit, Plentitude among other places. He thinks you’re fantabulous. @michael.russell.poet

For more from Michael, grab the chapbook Grindr Opera, it’s available at the Frog Hollow Press online store here!

We also published Michael’s poem “Forbidden” in untethered Vol. 2.2 which has SOLD OUT!

Past Contributor Reading Series: Christine H. Tran

Next up in our PCRS is Christine H. Tran reading excerpts from the poem “23 Smexy Reasons Why Listicles Are the Apotheosis of Literary Criticism” from untethered Vol. 4.2.

Christine H. Tran (19??-????) is an aspirational swamp banshee and vocational PhD student at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information. In addition to untethered, Christine’s work has been published or is upcoming in FEEL WAYS, Half a Grapefruit, Release Any Words Stuck Inside You ll, The Temz Review and other places. Christine writes about girls, games, guitars, and the gunk between them. More cringe to be tweeted at @thechristinet

Past Contributor Reading Series: Rozina Jessa

First up in our PCRS Rozina Jessa reading “Little Brown Boy From Nelson” published in our most recent issue, untethered Vol. 5.1 (you can read the poem in our excerpts pages here too!)

Rozina Jessa is an Indo-Canadian writer from Vancouver, B.C. She studied Theatre Acting & Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. Her poetry has been published in The Anti-Langourous Project, Rigorous Magazine, untethered Magazine, Carte Blanche Magazine & In/Words Magazine. She has also written essays for Uncomfortable Revolution and Understorey Magazine. When she isn’t writing under her pen name, she also loves to act in local theatre and short films. More of her work can be found on her Instagram page: @rozinajessapoetry