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TEXTILE is a literary organization and mentorship program based in Kitchener-Waterloo.

There are stories in our region that are hidden, muted, or silenced. Our vision is to provide a platform for writers to share these stories and connect them with a city-wide readership.

We believe writing and self-expression are essential to uplifting people and challenging society. These tools should be available to everyone, not limited by gender, age, race, class, sexuality, or ability. By publishing short fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction that reflects the diversity of our region, we believe we can broaden our imagination of what Kitchener Waterloo is and what it can be.

OUR VALUES

  1. Diversity: Embrace all the wonderful ways humans differ

  2. Creativity: Encourage curiosity, innovation, leaps into the unknown

  3. Relationships: Build trust and genuine connections

  4. Respect: Listen deeply, understand each other, and act with kindness

  5. Inclusion & Equity: Include everyone and address specific structural barriers

  6. Transformation & Action: Engage in the constant struggle for radical change and freedom

PROCESS AND METHODS

We focus on creating time and space for writing; our mentorship seeks to let writers voices emerge. Our work is driven by a desire to build on and celebrate our community’s strengths and assets, as well as call attention to important social issues.

HISTORY

Founded in 2018, TEXTILE is a collective of readers and writers dedicated to uplifting and celebrating Kitchener-Waterloo region’s literary scene. We publish in print and online on a varying schedule.

TEXTILE operates on the traditional territory of ‎ the Neutral, Anishnawbe and Haudenosaunee peoples.