Associate Editor, Web Editor
Navigator Student Press
September 2016 – Present

  • Assist managing editor in leading team of twelve to create monthly magazine (print and online).
  • Compose feature stories and photo essays on a wide range of topics, including addiction, Canadian literature, and local tourism.
  • Upload online version of magazine using WordPress.
  • Troubleshoot web-related problems.


Managing Editor
Portal Magazine
September 2016 – April 2017

  • Manage team of fifteen to ensure production of nationally-distributed literary magazine runs efficiently.
  • Facilitate communication, mediate disagreements, and problem-solve.
  • Edit a wide range of writing types, including fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.
  • Speak on behalf of Portal at public events and fundraisers.
  • Sell advertising space to local businesses.


Research Grant Writer
Autism BC
June 2016 – February 2017


Special Projects
Island Crisis Care Society
May 2017 – August 2017



Bachelor of Arts, Creative Writing Major, Journalism Minor
Vancouver Island University
4.1 GPA

(Graduate in April 2019)


Awards and Scholarships

  • Barry Broadfoot Award for Journalism/Creative Non-Fiction
  • Pat Bevan Poetry Scholarship
  • Kevin Roberts Poetry Award
  • Mary Garland Coleman Prize in Lyric Poetry
  • VIU Scholarship for Academic Excellence
  • VIU Dean’s Honour List (each year of attendance)
  • Blodwyn Memorial Prize in poetry
  • BC Arts Council Scholarship (2017/18 and 2018/2019)


Click here to view writing portfolio.

Want to chat? Email spenserasmith@gmail.com.