Publications in the English Department

The English department sponsors the following publications:


Zaum, in its 26th 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 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.

ZAUM's website

This program has existed at Sonoma State University for over 40 years: first as the Mandala, and since 1996, as Zaum. The program directly serves about 100 students a year who receive either instruction, publication, or both. Zaum provides students with professional experience in layout, design, and marketing. Zaum provides an opportunity for students to publish their own work. Zaum 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: