This is Why I’m Leaving

From: The Unpublished City


The Unpublished City was conceived to show the (Multipli)City of writers that call Toronto home; that the City of Toronto might hear the wonderful voices of the City’s own true imaginaries. The idea here is to read ‘unpublished’ not simply as not in print, but as the narratives, and imaginations of the City that are present, and not yet fully realized, nor

acknowledged. In these stories and poems we apprehend what lies on the surface of the City’s glass walls, in the depths of its rapidly and perennially urbanized landscape, and in its bristling and multilingual streets.



Rachel Chen

Rachel Chen is a Toronto-based writer. While she enjoys creative writing, journalism is her first love. You can find her work in Chatelaine, Noisey, LooseLeaf Magazine, Maclean’s, the UC Review and The Varsity. You can find her crying over women in rock, or eyeing good wine, charcuterie cuts, and artisan cheese.