The Gist: University of Vermont's Literary and Visual Arts Journal

The Gist, formerly known as Vantage Point, is the University of Vermont's literary and visual arts journal. Every semester, we encourage students from all disciplines, fields, and areas of interest to submit their poetry, prose, creative nonfiction, and visual art. We strive to publish writing that evokes and art that thinks, work which stimulates and supports a creative community on campus.

We’ve operated for over twenty years, and are proud to report that many of our contributors' works have placed in plain china, the national anthology for the best undergraduate student art and writing.

Students on staff gain professional publishing experience, particularly in the areas of criticism, editorial skills, layout/design, networking, marketing, leadership, and printing. We publish in the fall and spring of each year and are active in the greater arts community, from hosting poetry readings and art shows downtown to collaborating on expos or performing on local radio.

We meet every Wednesday at 8 pm in Lafayette 212 for anonymous review sessions of submitted works. All are invited! We welcome folks from all identities, backgrounds, and disciplinary interests.

Submissions Guidelines:

Click here to submit your work.

We consider up to four submissions of poetry, prose, or art per contributor. There is a 2,000 word limit for prose and a 150 line limit for poetry. Please detail the composition or medium of art submissions. All works must be titled.

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Meet the Editors

Alessia Potovsky is Co-Editor-in-Chief of The Gist. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, she is an artist, art lover, and kazoo enthusiast. In her free time, you may find her spinning vinyl on WRUV, wearing sparkly costumes on the Royall Tyler stage, or otherwise over-committing herself to extracurriculars.

Levi Reyes is Co-Editor-in-Chief of The Gist. He's a senior from outside the Boston area and when he's not leading Gist meetings or studying psychology and sociology, he loves writing, hiking, yoga, doodling, tutoring at the Tutoring Center, and hanging out with his pet corn snake Amos.

Kyle Challancin is Prose Editor of The Gist. He’s from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and is majoring in English and Linguistics, with interests in writing, language change, and hopefully one day translating his own version of Beowulf. Having previously studied Graphic Design, he currently works as a Marketing Assistant/Designer for the Department of Student Life and the Davis Center.

Danielle Weinberg is a junior with a double major in Studio Art & Sociology and a minor in Writing, who also works at the Fleming museum. She teaches art, pottery and glass fusing glasses at her local studio, works in the UVM undergrad writing center, and is Outreach Coordinator for The Gist.

Olivia Eastman is Art Editor of The Gist. She is a senior majoring in studio art and psychology. She is originally from Newton Massachusetts but is now lives in Burlington year round. She enjoys painting, print making, and all things creative!

Abby Hanson is Poetry Editor of The Gist. She is an English-anthropology double-major, and minors in Public Communication and Parks, Recreation, and Tourism. Outside of The Gist, you can find Abby writing, whittling, or working as a member of UVM’s Program Board or the UVM Amnesty International leadership team.

Caroline Adams is Co-Layout Editor of The Gist. A freshman hailing from Indiana, she is studying Art History with minors in Studio Art and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. In her free time you can find her kayaking or at Art History Club.





Interested in more writing opportunities? Check out Creative Writing at UVM for more ways to get involved!