Creative Writing M.F.A. Student Launches Literary Magazine

Black Moon Magazine
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Black Moon Magazine

Samantha Campbell, a first-year M.F.A. student in fiction writing in the U of A Program in Creative Writing and Translation in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences has co-founded Black Moon Magazine, an online literary arts journal featuring fiction and poetry.

According to its mission statement, Black Moon Magazine "dedicates itself to the discovered intersections of mixed-medium, art, and diversity."

The magazine's name refers to a phenomena that occurs every 19 years in which a calendar month passes without a full moon.

Of the project Campbell noted, "Founding and starting a literary journal during my first semester of the program was a challenge, but I was (and still am) full of excitement … I feel like that excitement gave me the extra boost of energy I needed to keep working on the magazine after I was finished with teaching, class, and my own writing every day."

Campbell and co-founder Matthew Gilbert launched the inaugural issue via Zoom recently. Contributors read excerpts of their works and then participated in a Q&A session, discussing the writing process, influences in media and genre, and the power of creative to bring together people from across the world in a time of social distancing.

"While I wouldn't say it was easy, I will say that anytime you are working on something that you love and have a deep passion for, it's always enjoyable and worth it," Campbell said.

Submissions for the magazine's second issue are open, and can be sent to


Jane Blunschi, assistant director, Program in Creative Writing and Translation
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