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Hamilton Arts & Letters Magazine

Hamilton Arts & Letters is a biannual magazine


Hamilton, ON

“We can feel we're beginning from nothing when searching for marginalized histories amid the official history of the privileged, but there have always been people making art and surviving outside the mainstream.”
Sandra Alland, “My Arrival at Crip” in HAL issue 12.2, 2019-20

HAL is an ongoing activist project with a community focus operated by a collective of artists and writers. HAL publishes Hamilton Arts and Letters, a biannual magazine presenting new literary works, graphic novel excerpts, exploratory writing, poetry, literary non-fiction, and the work of visual, audio, and film artists. We encourage the development of emerging writers and artists.

Founded in 2008 by Paul Lisson, Fiona Kinsella, and Peter Stevens. Dear Peter left us in 2015.

HA&L 1. has a disability focus and is affiliated with Ontario D/deaf/HoH, Disabled, Mad, Sick and Neuroatypical Poetics Collective, a collective that resists ableism and supports disabled artists.
2. stands with those acting to end systemic racism.
3. recognizes and supports the history, creativity, and courage of sexually diverse communities.
4. is made by artist labourers and supports workers’ rights.
5. advocates for Climate Action.

Subscriptions to Hamilton Arts & Letters magazine are free.