Green Bean Cafe, Friday, April 21
The Generation Magazine launch took place at the Green Bean Cafe on Wyandotte, one of the best coffee spots near the University of Windsor campus, with a perfectly sized stage. I was lucky enough to be one of the local readers, and I read my piece within the new release. The other reader who was able to make it to the event was Yanik Gallie, a student who just finished his fourth year at the University of Windsor, and was returning back to New Brunswick the next day.
Generation Magazine is over 40 years, a long-run student magazine. Each new version of Generation has undergone changes with each year’s new editorial staff: sometimes the focus becomes internal, on new writers’ work in Windsor and the classes at the university. Other times, the magazine becomes external, seeking work from different coasts and other continents. This seemed very true for Generation 2017. A magazine written by authors spread out and distant, but still exploring the boundaries of writing.
After Yanik and I read, the organizers read some pieces from contributors who couldn’t make it to the event. One poem that was entrancing was “Video Machine to Make Her a Gift” by Valery Perovskiy, which broke down the idea of social norms, such as giving a gift for a wedding, and the absurd nature of missing those moments within the social norm, and instead being left with an object and nothing to do with it:
Still, I’d had no chance to give her the video machine at the party. Moreover, I was late to give the present afterwards, before she’d divorced.
After the readings from the authors and the organizers, a short open-mic followed, and the event ended quietly. Generation 2017 is an interesting magazine, and sets a strong tone of inclusivity and exploration during a time of tense global strife. The works within explore the form and content (such as Kimberly Peterson’s delightful “Crossword for Feminists” and Mingzhao Xu’s concise “Cliffhanger”). As a writer, I couldn’t be happier to be published among such interesting writers. As a reader, I’m excited to see what next year’s Generation Magazine looks like: what tone they will bring forward.
by Amilcar John Nogueira
Amilcar John Nogueira is a Windsor writer and poet. His work has appeared in Offside Magazine, Generation Magazine, and Nöd Magazine. His poem “A Card Story” won the words(on)pages Blodwyn Poetry Prize and he recently received a grant from the Arts Council Heritage Fund to work on a book of poetry about gentrification in Windsor.