The Vassar Review literature and arts journal is now accepting submissions; materials due by January 24, 2016

The Vassar Review is a revival of the former literary arts magazine published by the faculty and students of Vassar College from 1927 to 1993, and will be released annually.

The aim of the Vassar Review is to showcase intellectual and creative pursuits across all artistic disciplines, ultimately fostering a community between faculty and students within Vassar College and between peer publications and active artists outside of the college. Vassar currently lacks a literary publication that merges its creative departments, or that has national and international ambitions. 

The Vassar Review entered the literary scene in 1927 and subsequently published many important writers, including Elizabeth Bishop, Muriel Rukeyser, Richard Wilbur, and John Updike, and intermittently enjoyed a national circulation until its discontinuation in 1993. During those years it remained a literary journal that students crafted with the support of faculty, endeavoring to reflect the values and concerns of our institution while also remaining open to national currents. It challenged itself to look inward as it also looked outward and forward.

For the past two years the English Majors’ Committee, with support from the English department, has made it its aim to revive this journal, intending to create a literary magazine that engages the arts and literature beyond Vassar’s campus.

This new review will recall its earlier incarnation while it grounds itself in the present. We will represent its traditions through a dedicated section from Vassar Archives & Special Collections; through visual design (using past Reviews as models); and by providing space for the work of Vassar students, in cooperation with the Vassar Student Review (VSR).

The new Vassar Review will embrace all popular forms of creative writing, including scripts, poems, fiction, creative non-fiction, and screenplays, but also forms that often prove difficult to present, such as new-media art, spoken-word poetry and performances, hypertext fiction, and others. Few magazines have fully accepted these genres, or been able to represent them adequately, but their inclusion remains vital to the mission of a revived Vassar Review. 

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This year’s edition: “Trauma and Träume: Pain and Dreams in Art & Literature”

In each issue, the magazine’s varied content will be anchored by a theme. This multi-arts journal will present its content both in print and in digital format in order to include mediums that print alone cannot accommodate.

Each section will have two student editors and one faculty editor. Each section will also have a general body of readers who work with the student co-editors. In selecting our student co-editors we sought those students who showed passion, experience, and yet had room to grow and make this journal their own in a variety of ways. We also considered how each co-editor (including faculty) would complement their section as a whole, and each other.

The journal will include two Vassar writers from the Vassar Student Review, chosen by the VSR co-editors, and a section from Vassar Special Collections, selected by the Archives Editors.

The Editorial Board:

EDITORS-IN-CHIEF: Alex Raz ’16 and Palak Patel’16

ARCHIVES: Ronald Patkus, Nicholas Barone ‘19, Morgan Strunsky ‘17

ARTS: Mary-Kay Lombino, Sofia Benitez‘18, Catherine Lucey‘19

DIGITALMEDIA: Michael Joyce, Martin Man‘16, Esteban Uribe‘17

FICTION: M Mark, Jocelyn Hassel‘16,Abigail Johnson‘17

LITERARY NON-FICTION: Hua Hsu, Arshy Azizi ‘16, Christian Prince ‘18

POETRY: Molly McGlennen, Michaela Coplen ‘18, Dylan Manning ‘16

REVIEWS: Farisa Khalid ’05, William Garner ‘18, Maggie Jeffers ‘16

ADVISORY BOARD: Mark Amodio, Andrew Ashton, Paul Kane, David Means, Sophia Siddique Harvey

VSR LIAISON: Ethan Cohen’16, Jacqueline Krass‘16

Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, January 5, 2016