The Warren launches monthly reading series

Culture Literature

The Warren, UVic’s interdisciplinary journal, will be launching a monthly reading series called The Rabbit Hole. The launch, happening Thurs. Dec. 11 at the Copper Owl, will start with an open mic, followed by fiction by Mallory Tater (a UBC MFA student and UVic grad), poetry by current UVic undergrad Joseph Leroux, and a staged reading of Validation, a play by Jakelene Plan (also a current UVic undergrad).

In an interview with the Martlet, Warren editor-in-chief Sarah Grindlay says that the series is meant to feature up-and-coming writers close in age to UVic’s undergraduate population.

“We try to have people who are succeeding in their field come and inspire people…” said Grindlay. “Often we’ll just have people who are maybe just a little bit, just the next step up, where you can go next rather than much older people. It’s a very achievable level.”

A monthly series has been in the works for Grindlay and the Warren staff since this summer, when they noticed a dearth of opportunities for undergraduates to perform and present their work, with the exception of the strong spoken word community here in Victoria.

The Warren is an interdisciplinary journal featuring poetry, fiction, non-fiction, philosophy, visual art, and more, and Grindlay hopes to encourage those from different disciplines to meet and discovered shared interests. Future events could include even more disciplines, including comics, musicians, and non-fiction writers.

“I really hope to create a more vibrant community for writers and performers, especially across genres, because I think we very much get pigeonholed into our very particular areas of interest and it’s nice to see the crossover between the genres.”

The Rabbit Hole launch, presented by the Warren Undergraduate Review, will be happening at 6:30 p.m. on Thurs. Dec. 11 at the Copper Owl. Admission is free, but attendees must be 19+. For more information, visit their Facebook event here.