One Last Night by Essence Saunders

"One Last Night" by Essence Saunders

Both Penumbra and Penumbra Online will be on a short hiatus from December 18th to January 28th. Emails may not be answered during this time and contact may be limited or non-available. Submittable will still be accepting submissions for our Spring call during this time. 

Penumbra Online Fall 2021

Our latest edition the Penumbra Online Fall 2021: Love for Others Edition is now live! Enjoy an edition that celebrates love in all its forms. This edition is full of rich and interesting poetry, prose, art, and reviews. We are proud of this edition and want to thank all of our contributors and supporters for making this edition happen. Take some time to enjoy another successful edition of Penumbra Online and browse the edition here.

If you are interested in other Penumbra Online happenings including blog posts, readings, upcoming events, and more visit our home page!

Penumbra Press

Penumbra recently announced the creation of its newest branch Penumbra Press which gives poets the opportunity to publish full chapbooks of poetry with us. Now, Penumbra Press is excited to announce its first-ever three chapbooks. ON BIRDS / WINGS / ROADS / SILENCE by Dottie Lo Bue, patchwork hearts by Natt Bartell, and Swimming to Syria by Sandy Feinstein. To learn more about them or read them online visit Penumbra Press Chapbooks - PENUMBRA ONLINE. You can also enjoy book trailers for the chapbooks below. 

  • ON BIRDS / WINGS / ROADS / SILENCE by Dottie Lo Bue

  • patchwork hearts by Natt Bartell

  • Swimming to Syria by Sandy Feinstein

Penumbra's 32nd Print Edition Coming in Spring 2022.

For our Spring 2022 issue, Penumbra Literary and Art Journal will be open to all authors and artists for the fiction, non-fiction, hybrid literature, poetry, and art genres. We will also accept reviews (book, film, tv, music, or multi-media reviews). All submissions should be submitted individually. Each individual may submit a maximum of two submissions across genres. Submissions are accepted through our Submittable page here Penumbra Online Submission Manager. Review proposals should be submitted to our reviews editor at aandersen1@csustan.eduOur submission window opens on December 8, 2021, and will close on February 8, 2022, OR once we have received 500 submissions, whichever comes first. Before submitting, we ask that you carefully consider our individual genre guidelines and general guidelines on the Spring 2022 tab

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. Monica Montelongo Flores at

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