The Nation's Oldest Continuously-Published
College Literary Magazine
The Laurel is St. Bonaventure’s campus literary magazine and the oldest continuously-published college literary magazine in the United States. The magazine is published biannually, with issues in the fall and spring. All are welcome as contributors: current and former students; current and former faculty, staff, and administrators; and members of the surrounding cities and towns. Contributions of poetry, short fiction, nonfiction, photographs, and non-photographic visual art are welcome. All editorial decisions, including the selections of work to publish, are made democratically by staff members—all of whom are current students. The current editor-in-chief is Carl Beacker.
The Laurel has been published continuously since its first issue in 1899. Recent distinctions have included a third-place finish behind Princeton and Harvard in the Society of Professional Journalists' 2002 Mark of Excellence competition for the northeastern U.S. in the category of campus literary magazines appearing more than once a year. In the 2003 Mark of Excellence competition, The Laurel won first place outright.
The faculty moderator of The Laurel since 1980 has been Dr. Richard Simpson. The faculty moderator does not participate in the editorial operations of the magazine.
Enjoy The Laurel
The fall issue of The Laurel is published in December and the spring issue in May. Once an issue is published, free paper copies are distributed to numerous locations on our campus. Since fall 2009, new issues are also published online (see Recent Issues). Paper copies of many back issues from the last thirty or so years are available in the periodicals area of the main level of Friedsam Library.
Contact The Laurel
- To contribute to the next issue or to join the staff of The Laurel, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The current editor-in-chief is Carl Beacker.
- The office for The Laurel is room 8 in the basement of the Reilly Center.