by Sue Matheson

volume 2, number 1

This has been a particularly busy year for ROW-getting established in the community and finding and encouraging writers and visual artists to put their works on-line. I think ROW has been successful in fulfilling its mandate to help new writers publish their works.

In this edition, we are featuring a new writer from Fort St. John-Dante Acuna. In fact, there seems to be an enormous amount of excellent creative work coming out of the Fort St. John area. The folks at Northern Lights College are doing an excellent job fostering their students' creativity. When Frank Peebles dropped by the other day, he was surprised to find so many writers that he hadn't seen before published in our archives. It's extremely gratifying to know that we've been doing our job. And the support we've received from artists has been absolutely fantastic-Susan Herzog from MacKenzie has been particularly supportive. I can't say how much I've appreciated her generosity and her sense of humour.

Our second year is looking very promising. This issue is extremely versatile in terms of style and genre-and the selections are of a very high quality indeed. In March, ROW plans to add a new component to itself-a "spoken word" category. If anyone out there is experimenting with aural performance, be sure to send us your material. "Spoken word" is new, exciting-and we have to capabilities to catalogue and preserve it. Another exciting development has been the appearance of two new "underground" literary publications and rumour has it that a writing school is going to be established at Tumbler Ridge. Being a part of an upsurge in creative activity in northern BC promises that ROW will be around for some time to come-there is a need for it.