Other Voices magazine of Edmonton has announced it is closing. The twice-yearly magazine was published by the Other Voices Publishing Society and described itself as "[bridging] the gap between fringe and mainstream, featuring fiction and non-fiction, poetry and artwork from Edmontonians, Canadians and contributors from around the world."
Managing editor Bobbi Beatty writes a farewell message on the magazine's website:
"Unfortunately, advances in technology, changes to arts funding, the transformation and evolution of the publishing industry and the state of today’s economy have contributed to the situation Other Voices now faces, where continuing to publish our journal of the literary and visual arts is no longer feasible [...]
It is time to put Other Voices to bed, and to pay homage to the honourable institution it has been. All good things must come to an end, and while this is a sad day, we leave behind us a wonderful legacy of giving a voice to those who may not have been heard had we not existed [...] "
A final celebration will be held on Sunday, May 27 in Edmonton at the New Wunderbar Hofbrauhaus, 8120 101 Street, from 4 to 11 p.m.
(We were made aware of this by a post on the online newsletter of the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association (AMPA).)