The English department sponsors a variety of publications:
Nationally distributed, beautifully designed, Volt has been publishing innovative writing for over 17 years. While the magazine regularly publishes Pulitzer Prize-winning authors such as Yusef Komunyakaa, Charles Simic, James Tate, and Rae Armantrout, as well as National Book Critics’ Circle Award winners such as Robert Hass and MacArthur Genius Award winner Lyn Hejinian, Volt also maintains a strong commitment to publishing the work of new writers. Volt has won three Pushcart Prizes, three Best American Poetry Selections, and a National Endowment for the Arts grant. Founded and edited by Professor of English and Poet-in-Residence Gillian Conoley, Volt is held in some of the top university libraries in the country, including SUNY Buffalo, University of Denver, University of Arizona, Brown University, UCLA, and Cornell University. Opportunities to work on Volt are made available to SSU students through the English Department’s class Small Press Editing, English 368, taught by Professor Conoley. Graduate students may also work with Volt as independent interns. Several SSU alums act as volunteers for Volt, including Steven Galbreath, Paula Koneazny, and Marjorie Stein.
Zaum, in its 15th year of publication, is entirely student produced and edited. Any student at either SSU or any other university may contribute their work to Zaum. Each issue publishes the work (poetry, fiction, nonfiction or visual art) of approximately 20 to 30 students. The magazine is distributed over the entire Bay Area, and also receives some national and international distribution, since many contributors are students in other states and countries. Zaum has received several national student awards from the Associated Writing Programs: for editorial vision (1996), and for graphic design (1998). Student work from issues #6 and #7 were nominated for the prestigious Pushcart Prize, a national prize open to any writer in the country.
This program has existed at Sonoma State University for over 35 years: first as the Mandala, and since 1996, as Zaum and Volt. The program directly serves about 100 students a year who receive either instruction, publication, or both. Both magazines provide students with professional experience in layout, design, and marketing. Zaum provides an opportunity for students to publish their own work. Volt provides an opportunity for students to connect, both professionally and aesthetically, with the larger literary world.
Burning Daylight is an annual student journal, published through Sonoma State University’s Department of English graduate program, dedicated to providing a place for up and coming voices in the field of literature. We publish original critical and theoretical essays from B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. students that represent the current work,trends, and thoughts in literary criticism, composition, and rhetoric.
These publications are also available in the University Library: