The next best text: Issue 6 is now on ISSUU for your perusal

I won’t say this is the cutest issue of text we’ve done (obviously that title goes to corn-head), but it’s definitely the second cutest.

In this issue we have more art from Megan Evans, as well as some great works by Elaine Hsiang and Nicola Winstanley, the latter of whom adapted their poem from a Globe and Mail article. We’ve got found poems, Facebook poems, poem poems, and poems that aren’t even made of words. Really, we’ve got it all, and now so do you!

You can read Issue 6 online for free below, and if you love us as much as we love you, you can also subscribe to text via Paypal with the (third cutest) button on the right hand side of this page to have text delivered straight to your doorstep. Or you can just donate because you have a swelling in your heart this Christmas season. Or you can visit our Patreon for even more ways to support text and free poetry*.

Can you hear that…?

It’s the sound of Issue 5 sizzling, hot off the presses.

This time around we have the amazing corn-head-checkered-flag-gypsy-woman cover art. We can’t tell you exactly what it means,  but Rio Trenaman really surprised us with it and we couldn’t say no.

Inside you’ll find some poetry–and poetry-like stuff–from returning contributors (such as the incomparable Leaf Kotasek), as well as some pieces by exciting new writers including Ryan Pratt and Laura MacDonald.

We hope you enjoy this issue and think about us next time you eat a head of corn.

As always, you can submit your pieces for consideration in the next issue at and/or tweet us your random musings on Twitter @textlitmag using #poetryeverywhere


You read that right: Issue Four is now online for your digital consumption. View it on ISSUU.

As always, if you’re from out of town, we’ll ship text to a Canadian address for a year for the cost of only two-dozen donuts at Timmies (aka a handful a’ toonies er whatever). For international orders it costs us a little more to ship, but know that your money is going towards growing text, and keeping its poetry and art free to access online. If you want to take out a subscription, or just help support text in any way, press the little PayPal button on the right side of this page,  or shoot us a loving email telling us how many bowls of text you eat for breakfast on the weekends while your cat rubs its head against your pajama leg to let you know how much it cares about you. Also send us a picture of said cat, like contributor Samuel Joseph did.

Samuel Joseph's cat. You can read his hilarious Facebook posts in Issue Four.

Samuel Joseph’s cat. You can read his hilarious Facebook posts in Issue Four.

What are you waiting for? Go read Issue Four!

Here’s where we’re at.

From the very beginning, we knew we wanted to make text magazine free; text, at its very essence, is meant to be accessible, and we’re serious about our mantra to bring poetry everywhere. But we’re a small team in an equally small community, and, while the local reception toward text has been phenomenal so far–we’ve gained support from a ton local writers, as well as the local news–the momentum hasn’t been enough to keep us “afloat.” So today we’re asking for your help.

We’ve started an Indiegogo.

When text was first conceived, our founder and editor-in-chief Shaleeta Harper poured virtually every cent to her name into the magazine. Now we have two issues available both in print and online, as well as a third coming this month regardless of how the Indiegogo goes. But we’re quickly approaching broker-than-broke status.

This campaign is a call for support, and a call to action.

It’s a chance for us to spread the word, and to gain the momentum (and financial support) we need to keep moving forward with text. If you share our vision, please consider contributing to our campaign and sharing it with your friends. If you’re simply interested in text, please read one of our issues online, or subscribe and have the magazine on your doorstep anywhere in the world.  If you want to support us in any other way, please send us an email, or a haiku, or a hug wrapped in gold tinfoil.

We are text magazine.

Help us bring poetry everywhere.

Back us on Indiegogo.