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 Old Mill Annex A200 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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collage of images, top left: student reading creative work at English Dept Symposium 2019, top right: group of students smiling at camera, bottom left: students gathered around a table, bottom right: student performing work at The Creative Arts Expo

Meet the Editors

Seth Wade is Co-editor in Chief of The Gist. He majors in English and philosophy, works at the Writing Center, and has been published in McSweeney’s and The Gateway Review. He was last year’s recipient of the Douglas A. Pinta award for creative writing.

Christian Soychak is Co-editor in Chief of The Gist. He’s a Resident Advisor and Dungeon & Dragons aficionado. He majors in English Education and hopes one day to teach at his old high school here in Vermont.

Alicia Tebeau-Sherry is Prose Editor of The Gist. She majors in English, with a concentration in writing, and minors in Nutrition and Food Sciences. She also runs for UVM's cross-country and track and field teams, and is a writing tutor in the writing center.

Keana Moreau is Poetry Editor of The Gist. She’s currently a senior at the University of Vermont, aspiring for a dual degree in English and Secondary Education. Upon graduation she plans to attend an MFA program for poetry which will further develop her writing skills and qualify her to teach English at the collegiate level. Aside from her educational experiences, Keana is a nanny, loves to play hockey, do puzzles, and enjoys hanging out with her bunny, Pickles.

Savanah Tebeau-Sherry is Art Editor of The Gist. She majors in Studio Art and minors in Applied Design, hoping to pursue a career in Graphic Design. She also runs for UVM’s cross-country and track and field teams, and is a part of the Illustration team for The Vermont Cynic.

Alessia Potovsky is Outreach Coordinator 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.

Alex Soychak is Social Media & Layout Editor of the Gist. She is a human development and family studies major with a minor in studio art.



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