Penumbra 2023: Horror Edition

Penumbra would like to present its horror collection: A Menagerie of Monsters and the Macabre. The entire collection can be found on

A Menagerie of Monsters and the Macabre. A Spooktacular Penumbra Collection.

The horror edition of Penumbra released on Dia De Los Muertos, November 2nd, 2023. Penumbra would like to thank everyone who attended the launch event, including Joseph Rios, the Poet Laureate of Fresno, who was kind enough to share his own poetry with us before the official launch of this collection. A special thanks goes out to Amanda Trask as well for coming up with a delightfully spooky cover to go with this edition.

Read the collection on Penumbra Online

New Penumbra Website

Visit our new Penumbra Online website to view all of our past Penumbra Online editions.

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Writing Workshops

Thank you to those who participated in our poetry writing workshop! It was a huge success. Our workshops offer artists of all levels an opportunity to collaborate with other creatives and explore art in new mediums. Our poetry workshop took place on September 22nd from 1-2 PM, and we explored the question, “What does Fall mean to you?”. It was a lot of fun for everyone involved. Our workshops take place in the writing center (Library room L221), and we have a short story workshop coming up in the near future. Keep an eye on our socials (@csustanpenumbra) to find out when we’ll be holding our next workshop!

Penumbra's Writing Club: Come write with us!


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 Anchor.

Listen to Totally Booked! A Penumbra Podcast on Spotify

Totally Booked! A Penumbra Podcast


Penumbra's Blog

Penumbra has a year-round blog that covers all things from current media content to Stan events! With regular updates from staff and periodical guest writers Penumbra's blog is a must-read! Take a moment to browse all of the wonderful blog posts waiting for you online.

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Penumbra Online Blog: Penumbra Process, What We're Watching, State of Stan, Lifestyle, Advice, Desk Series


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

Penumbra Press

Penumbra Press is excited to share our second edition of chapbooks!

  • Extraordinary Beast by Carolina Gonzalez
  • After a good day, through the night by Luke Valmadrid

To learn more about Penumbra Press, visit the new Penumbra Press webpage. To view the chapbooks, please visit the Penumbra Publications webpage.

Penumbra Press

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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Updated: November 15, 2023