About Clarion Magazine


Editor: Samantha Arnold
Managing Editor: Zachary Bos
Art Director: Cat Dossett
Associate Editors: Emma Forbes, Cassandra Jones
Readers: Daniel Andrade, Sara Bass, Chris Russo, Samantha Burke

Past Editors-in-Chief: Josette Akresh, Zachary Bos, Frances Gossen, Monica Gribouski, Garrison Gudenas, Jennifer Herron, Cassandra Jones, Matthew Lemoyne, Jonathan Maniscalco, Elizabeth Moss, Nicole Norman, Bora Panduku, Tom Simmons, Sandy SooHoo, Sara Trotta.

Past Staff and Contributing Editors: Autumn Ahn, Josette Akresh, Samantha Arnold, Madeline Aruffo, Monique Avila, Daphne Bacon, Sara Balsom, Jake Bann, Angela Beckett, Matt Bennett, Rick Berger, Amiel Bowers, Sophie Buonomo, Graham Cavanagh, Abigail Clauhs, Adam Cloe, Stephanie Cohen, Lisa DeBenedictis, Jenna Dee, Lydia Erickson, Keren Eyal, Emma Forbes, Jamiee Garbacik, Sarah Glicksteen, Frances Gossen, Aaron Graves, Monica Gribouski, Garrison Gudenas,Danielle Hallock, Ryne Hager, Cordelia Hall, Michael Healy, Jennifer Herron, Emily Hopkins, Cassandra Jones, Kari June, Joel Kahn, Kasia Karr, Liza Katz, Elizabeth Kechejian, Jason Kleckner, Ada Kulesza, Hyun Sun Kwon, Matthew Lemoyne, Justin Lievano, Gigli Malinsky, Jonathan Maniscalco, Sandor Mark, Drew McPartlin, Simon Mendes, Fatima Mohie-Eldin, Ernesto Morales, Robert Morris, Elizabeth Moss, Samantha Neary, Frederick Nitsch, Nicole Norman, Graham Ogilvie, Caitlin O’Hallorhan, Erika Panasci, Bora Panduku, Sono Patel, Abagail Petersen, Elizabeth Ann Peyton, Jaqueline Porte, Jordan Rock, Stephanie Santana, Lauren Shapiro, Tom Simmons, Sandy SooHoo, Laura Straub, Sydnie Strider, Eric Swaine, Alina Szremski, Christine Toohey, Lauren Wells, Katie Wurtzel, Jeremy Yanofsky, Jooyoung Yeu, Amber Ying, Janice Yong, Michael Zisser.

Past Interns: Madeline Aruffo, Lydia Erickson, Kush Ganatra, Kyle Giroux, Jonathan Maniscalco.


We began as an undergraduate literary magazine, published by the student group BU Students for Literary Awareness in the fall of 1997. The group's original members, under the leadership of Jennifer Herron, 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.

Beginning in 1998, the magazine was renamed Clarion, and in 1999, the group publishing it took on the new name, BU Literary Society. Since that time, our logo has been the image of a crowing cockerel. Our coquettish colophon recently appeared on Facebook; won't you friend him?

For its first decade, Clarion published only the work of BU undergraduates; but in 2008, the editors decided to open their doors to submissions from writers anywhere in the world. In 2010, the editors expanded the scope of their contents, commissioning reviews and interviews to complement the traditional offerings of poetry and prose. And in 2016, the magazine began to publish extensive art galleries on its website, allowing the editors to bring attention to the work of new and emerging visual artists.

In 2011, the ownership of Clarion was transferred to Pen & Anvil Press. From then until 2016, publication of the journal was a partnership between that independent organization and the student officers of the Literary Society.

In Fall of 2016, Clarion became one of the founding members of the Bonfire Collegiate Literary Network.

Starting in 2017, Clarion no longer has any status as a student organization. Instead, it is a joint publication of Pen & Anvil and the BU BookLab. Its principal editorial positions continue to be staffed by undergraduates, who are now enrolled as BookLab interns during their time with the magazine. Other editorial positions are filled by graduate students, alumni, and persons outside of Boston University. The magazine remains housed at BU, where it is very much a part of the campus community of learning and artistic endeavor.


Along the way, Clarion was joined by fellow travelers in the form of other publications:

  • In the summer of 2009, the Literary Society inherited Burn, a magazine launched to showcase more experimental writing. Burn continues publication as the edgier sibling to Clarion.
  • In the spring of 2010, BULS took over publication of Back Bay Review, an arts-and-culture magazine specializing in criticism, which was originally founded by the now-defunct BU Editorial Society. BBR is now devoted to publishing undergraduate work in the humanities.
  • In the same year, BULS staff began a partnership with Pusteblume, a journal on and of literary translation. (That publication remains active as a professional journal, published by Pen & Anvil in partnership with the Boston University Department of World Languages and Literatures. Students have the opportunity to serve as editorial or production assistants, as BU BookLab interns.)
  • In 2013, the BULS launched a new journal, Coup d'etat. That magazine remains active as an entirely student-managed project.


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ISSN 2150-6795
Clarion Magazine © 1998-present by BU BookLab and Pen & Anvil Press