About Penumbra

Every spring semester since 1989, Penumbra has proudly published a literary and art journal run entirely by students, who make the editorial decisions, format the journal, and sell the ad space.

We accept submissions from the Stanislaus region, throughout the U. S., and abroad.

2020 Book Launch date to be announced at 6:30 p.m.

Near the end of every spring term, we launch the new issue with a reading on the Stanislaus State campus. Since 2015 we have partnered with the Art Department and the reading has been held in the University Art Gallery, with the visual pieces in the new issue on display. The reading is a festive event, attended by over a hundred writers and artists, their families and friends, and members of the community.

Everyone is invited! Come as early as 6:00 p.m. for appetizers and refreshments.

2020 Art Show from April 27-May 8, 2020

The University Art Gallery will display art from the 2020 issue during these four weeks.

Students interested in joining Penumbra should take English 4019

Every spring term, English 4019: Editing a Literary Magazine is offered. Students from all majors are welcome. Business, Communications, and Art majors are especially invited to share their talents marketing the journal and fashioning it's aesthetic—which changes every year. The class offers a unique educational opportunity for hands-on experience in professional publishing. For anyone considering careers in publishing, marketing, or writing, English 4019 will build your skills—and your résumés!