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Red Alder Review – featuring interviews, poetry, prose & more.

Red Alder Review is an independent literary blog-based publication, operating on the unceded ancestral territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Watuth) and Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Coast Salish peoples (Vancouver, BC). Editor: Michael Edwards

Red Alder Review publishes digital issues of poetry and prose on a biannual basis (Spring and Fall) – The first digital issue arrived Fall 2020. Other features, such as interviews and reviews and the Open Mic, appear on the blog on a rolling basis.

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The red alder (Latin: alnus rubra) stands as the namesake for this publication mainly because of its prevalence here on the coast of British Columbia. It is a tree found in moist, nutrient-dense environments. And specifically it is a nitrogen-fixer — which means that it gives life to the land and prepares it for later stages of forest growth and succession, a quality of nurturing. In all my life on this coast, it’s fair to say that I have never seen a solitary alder. They always exist in clusters, supporting each other, sometimes even leaning against one another. It is a tree that holds many important, traditional uses among indigenous communities of the Westcoast.

I view the red alder tree as a symbol for inclusion, support, utility and connection. These are qualities and principles that Red Alder Review exists to promote and offer to the local and online poetry, literary and arts community.

ref: https://www.for.gov.bc.ca/hfd/library/documents/treebook/redalder.htm


note: All images of alders appearing on this site are from the Public Domain.

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