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

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

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BUT WHY RED ALDER REVIEW?

The Red Alder (Latin: alnus rubra) stands as the namesake of this publication, mainly because of its prevalence on the coast of the place known as British Columbia. This species of tree is found in moist, nutrient-dense environments. Specifically, it is a nitrogen-fixer which means that it gives life to the land, preparing the soil 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. The red alder holds many important, traditional uses among indigenous communities of the west coast of Turtle Island (commonly referred to as North America).

I view the red alder tree as symbolic of inclusion, support, utility and connection. These are qualities, principles and values that Red Alder Review exists to promote and offer to the local and the online poetry and literary arts communities.

Michael Edwards, Editor


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

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