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Executive Editor Lauren Dick
Former editors Mustapha Safadieh
Categories Arts and Literature
Frequency Semi-annual
Circulation Digital since 2018 (Kobo)
Publisher Edward Fenner
First issue October 1978
Country Canada
Based in Founders College at York University, Toronto, Ontario
Language English. Others on occasion.
Website 'Existere'
ISSN 1710-386X

Existere - Journal of Arts & Literature is a Canadian magazine that publishes twice a year at York University's Founders College in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The magazine publishes literary work, poetry, short stories, articles, book reviews, essays, interviews, art, photography, and more from contributors around the world.

History and affiliation[edit]

The magazine's longest-serving publisher and executive editor was Edward Fenner (April 26, 2007 to August 31, 2018). Mr. Fenner, a Vanier College Fellow, revived the journal and began releasing new issues semi-annually beginning in September 2007.

The journal was established at York University's Vanier College and has been funded by Vanier College Council since the journal was founded in 1978.[1] It largely published as a quarterly, but since 2007 has published bi-annually. In 2018 it moved to Founders College and became affiliated with York University's Writing Centre.

Existere has appeared in many shapes and forms since its conception in 1978, but has ultimately retained a 6x9” format since Edward Fenner revived it in 2007. It prints anywhere from 80 to 100 pages, with full-colour covers.[2]

The magazine's current executive editor is Lauren Dick. She replaces Mustapha Safadieh.


Existere is now digitally published, and can be purchased online from Kobo for $0.99 CAD or 2400 Kobo points. It was previously available for purchase at Indigo/Chapters across Canada.[3]


Every issue of Existere from 1980 to date can be found at York University’s Scott Library in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[4]

Call For Back Issues[edit]

Existere is on a campaign to recover information and back issues lost to the mists of time and unfortunate housekeeping. If you have information or back issues to contribute, contact: existere(at)yorku(dot)ca or via snail mail to: Existere, Founders College, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON, Canada, M3J 1P3

Noteworthy Contributors[edit]

Noteworthy writers and poets that have appeared on Existere pages or who have edited the journal:




  1. ^ "A Writer's Guide to Canadian Literary Magazines & Journals". National Magazine Awards. 7 November 2013. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  2. ^ Fuller, D. Reviving Existere. York U Magazine. Retrieved October, 2018, from http://digital.yorku.ca/i/24171-yorku-april-2008
  3. ^ Rakuten Kobo Inc. Buy Existere 37.1. Retrieved October, 2018, from https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/existere
  4. ^ York University. Retrieved September, 2018, from https://www.library.yorku.ca/find/Record/101160
  5. ^ http://www.yorku.ca/existere/index.html
  6. ^ http://www.fluxnow.com/author.php?author_id=5326
  7. ^ http://readingfortheloveofit.com/pdf/SpeakingofReadingFall2008.pdf

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