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For more information about The Laurel, please contact the magazine at

The current editors-in-chief are Ellen Kibbe and Holly McCully. The office for The Laurel  is room 8 in the basement of the Reilly Center.

The faculty adviser for The Laurel  is Dr. Donika Kelly.

The Laurel's website is maintained by Dr. Chris Hill.

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The Laurel's original masthead, June 1899

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 editors-in-chief are Ellen Kibbe and Holly McCully.

SPJ Mark of Excellence AwardsThe 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 adviser of The Laurel is Dr. Donika Kelly. The faculty adviser 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
  • The current editors-in-chief are Ellen Kibbe and Holly McCully.
  • The office for The Laurel is room 8 in the basement of the Reilly Center.
The Laurel  is a student-run publication funded through the Student Government Association at St. Bonaventure University. The paper magazine is printed by Falconer Printing, Inc.

All work accepted by The Laurel  may appear in the printed version or on the internet in the archives of The Laurel  or in the University library. All copyrights are held by the creator of any given work. Each author has given The Laurel the non-exclusive right to reproduce their work for the benefit of The Laurel  and St. Bonaventure University and its community.


The Spring 2018 issue of
The Laurel is out!

Free paper copies have been distributed across campus. If you didn't get one, the digital copy is one click away—see the CURRENT ISSUE below. 

The Laurel Spring 2018
The Laurel Spring 2018