Penumbra’s 2022 Summer

The Penumbra Online Summer call is now open from 6/23-7/23. For our Summer 2022 edition, Penumbra Online is excited to announce that we will be focusing on highlighting LGBTQ+ voices. Penumbra understands that the efforts made during Pride month are needed all year long. Pride should be more than words and Penumbra Online is dedicated to displaying Pride in a genuine manner. With this in mind, we have decided to focus our entire Summer 2022 edition on uplifting LGBTQ+ voices. We hope this edition will be an opportunity for LGBTQ+ authors and artists to celebrate their art in a welcoming, supportive, and safe space. This call welcomes work by LGBTQ+ authors and artists and especially welcomes works that reflect the intersectional and diverse experiences of the LGBTQ+ community. Please join us in creating an edition that celebrates the diversity of voices and perspectives amongst our LGBTQ+ artists and authors. Penumbra Online will be accepting art, poetry, fiction, nonfiction, hybrid literature, and review pieces. Please adhere to our guidelines when submitting your work. You can find more information by visiting the Summer 2022 tab or visiting PENUMBRA ONLINE - Home.


Penumbra Spring 2022 Launch

The staff of Penumbra would like to thank all who submitted to Penumbra's spring journal and attended our launch this year! To see the issue virtually, click the button below. Penumbra has also released a virtual art exhibit for this spring's art contributions. Click to see the artworks we're featuring, as well as artists' biographies and piece descriptions.

One Last Night by Essence Saunders

Penumbra Online Summer 2022

Submissions will be opening soon for the Summer 2022 edition of Penumbra Online. Be on the lookout on Submittable and for details on the call. If you are interested in other Penumbra Online happenings including blog posts, readings, upcoming events, and more visit our home page!

Totally Booked! A Penumbra Podcast

Penumbra most recently launched a podcast. The podcast is a place for our community to connect and learn more about Campus resources as well as talking about our favorite books! Listen in for interviews, fun commentary, and lots of laughs! The podcast can be heard on Spotify or Visit the podcast here: Totally Booked! A Penumbra Podcast | Podcast on Spotify

Commitment to Anti-racism

The faculty and staff of Penumbra stand in unity with our Black communities, who have long been the victims of systemic racism, violence, and murder. We will not allow those assassinated by police brutality and white supremacy to be forgotten. We remember George Floyd, Auhmed Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Philando Castile, Sandra Bland, Emmett Till, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, and so many others and call for fundamental changes in our local, state, and national governments to espouse equality for all people. We are outraged by the police brutality our Black communities face and we support the efforts of protestors to reveal and rebuke the legacies of white supremacy from our core national ideologies.

Racist systems have long been present in the publishing industry and we are committed to breaking racist publishing processes and standards. We are dedicated to promoting, highlighting, and celebrating the work of Black, Latinx, Native American, Asian American, LGBT+ writers and artists and all groups marginalized by systems of hate and oppression. We make this commitment today, tomorrow, and always to diversify our publications and uproot oppressive practices and ideologies that attempt to silence marginalized groups. Penumbra rejects those attempts at silencing and offers a space to amplify the voices of the oppressed.

Questions? Contact Faculty Advisor Dr. John Wittman at

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Penumbra's Charity Writing Workshops

To learn more about the writing workshops visit the Writing Workshops tab or visit Workshops, Clubs, and Book Recommendations - PENUMBRA ONLINE.

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