About the BU Literary Society
The BU Literary Society was founded
as BU Students for Literary Awareness in the fall of 1997, under
the leadership of Jennifer Herron. The group's original members
meant to publish a magazine called The View from a Window;
however, campus plans often being well-laid and then lost, the first
issue of their new organ was released in spring 1998, under
a more enigmatic title: a single question mark.
Since 1999, that publication has
been called Clarion,
and been published under the aegis of a right red rooster. Our coquettish
appeared on Facebook -- won't you friend him?
In 2008, the editors decided to expand
their purview beyond the campus, opening submissions to all writers.
The magazine is now published annually, featuring poetry, prose,
drama, and interviews with literary figures of interest Since the summer of 2011, Clarion has been published by The Pen & Anvil Press, in agreement with the executive board of the BU Literary Society.
The Literary Society has also expanded
its activities. In the summer
of 2009, they added Burn,
to their stable, a students-only showcase of edgier experimental
writing. In the spring of 2010, they added two others, by offering
the editors of formerly independent publications a home under the
BULS administrative umbrella: Back
Bay Review, an arts and culture magazine specializing in
criticism; and Pusteblume,
a journal on and of literary translation. In 2013, they launched a new journal, Coup d'etat.
In addition to publications, the
student members of the Lit Society organize a twice-annual Literary
Fair; sponsor a weekly writers'
workshop for members of the campus community (yes, alumni included);
and put up, when the occasion demands it, various program events,
e.g. van trips to Walden Pond, readings at the BU Castle, and so
and Clarion in the Press
Interview Goodness!," by Janaka Stucky, in the Black
Ocean blog, April 30, 2010
Published, Get Heard: The Charles River Literary Fair,"
by Clarissa Keen, in the quad, October
initiative propels new student literary magazine," by
David Craig, in the B.U. Bridge, week of November 19,
- "Magazine seeks BU funding,"
by Alexandre Alfredo, in The Daily Free Press, October
invite others to write at open house," by Stephanie Rubenstein,
in The Daily Free Press, September 27, 2006
faculty united during Friday's 1920s gala," by Aaron
Greenblatt, in The Daily Free Press, October 12, 2004