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. Call for Authors & Artists (Black Voices & Experiences Series)

Beginning June 8, 2020, Penumbra’s newly formed online presence calls for work by Black authors and artists across genres and media. We accept art, poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and hybrid literary genres for publication on Submission guidelines are as follows:

  • Poetry - Five poems allowed, please submit individually, no limits on form or content, max length 2000 words across multiple submissions.
  • Fiction - Limit 2000 words total, can be allotted across multiple submissions, please submit multiple pieces individually.
  • Nonfiction - Limit 2000 words total, can be allotted across multiple submissions, please submit multiple pieces individually.
  • Hybrid - Limit 2000 words total, can be allotted across multiple submissions, please submit multiple pieces individually.
  • Art - Five submissions allowed, any media accepted, can include sound and video, submissions should be at the highest resolution possible, at least 200 dpi. Sound and Video length limits are 10 min across multiple submissions. Submissions must include the type of media and date of production.

Submissions close on July 24, 2020. There is no fee for submitting. Please contact the following editors for questions regarding guidelines:

Poetry Editor, Faculty Advisor, Dr. Monica Montelongo Flores -
Art Editor, Co-Lead Editor, Jarred White -
Fiction Editor, Co-Lead Editor, Jessica Charest -
Nonfiction Editor, Ahmed Fara -
​Hybrid Literature Editor, Monica Gudino - will also be accepting book/film/tv reviews of content centered on Black voices and experiences. To submit an inquiry, please contact Co-Lead Editor Jarred White @ There is no limit on the date of release or publication. Reviews should be 600-900 words. Please inquire before submitting it.

Check back here for updates on or our print publication Penumbra: Literature and Art Journal produced every spring. Details on the print journal will be posted at a later time. Questions about either publication? Contact Faculty Advisor Dr. Monica Montelongo Flores at

The Stanislaus State Literary and Art Journal

penumbra (pi-num 'bre): n. 1. A partial shadow, as in an eclipse, between regions of complete shadow and complete illumination. 2. The partly darkened fringe around a sunspot. 3. An outlying, surrounding region; periphery; fringe

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Virtual Exhibition

Penumbra is also hosting a virtual art exhibition.