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Expressionists: Magazine of the Arts

Expressionists is Pepperdine's student-run undergraduate literary and arts magazine. The magazine has been published since the early 1970s. Our annual is published in April and is celebrated with a release event. Each issue will include a combination of poetry, short fiction, short plays, short screenplays, photography and/or art.

Any Pepperdine undergraduate, regardless of his or her declared major, may join the staff. Please contact the faculty advisor if you wish to get involved. In addition to the production of the magazine, the magazine staff also plans and sponsors the Coffee House Reading Series, an open mic forum for students and faculty to read their work. These readings occur once or twice per semester. The staff also plans the magazine release event each Spring.

Submissions are accepted from Pepperdine undergraduates only. The submission deadline and procedure will be determined each year by the staff. The deadline is usually at the end of Fall semester or very early in the Spring semester.

Each year a new editor is chosen from a pool of applicants. Applications are due during the Spring semester (see guidelines below). Contact the Director of Creative Writing, Dr. John Struloeff, if you have specific questions.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. John Struloeff

Current Editor: Laura Duffield (2019-2020)

Editorship of Expressionists

Deadline: Friday, March 29, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)

Each year a new editor will be appointed for Pepperdine's undergraduate literary magazine, Expressionists. The position is unpaid and lasts for most of the academic year. Some of the duties include coordinating the Coffee House Reading Series (usually one reading per semester), assisting with the magazine release event celebrating that year's issue (usually in early April), and coordinating the submission process, screenings, and publication of the magazine. The magazine staff meets several times per semester throughout the school year; it is the editor's responsibility to arrange and facilitate those meetings. Both the editor and staff will work closely with the magazine's faculty advisor. The finalists for this position may also be interviewed.


Combine all materials into a single Word document or PDF file. Paper applications will no longer be accepted. (If you are also applying for the Douglas Scholarship, you will need to compile and submit separate applications.)

The application materials should be ordered in four sections as follows:

  1. An info sheet that includes your name, CWID, majors/minors, planned semester of graduation, related coursework, and contact information (including Pepperdine student email address, so we can verify your student status. Do not include your personal email address).
  2. A cover letter to Dr. John Struloeff, director of creative writing, expressing your interest in the position, your experiences and interests, your prior experience with Expressionists or with other publications, your plans and ideas for the magazine, and future professional plans after you graduate from Pepperdine.
  3. A c.v./resume.
  4. A sample of creative work (no more than 40 pages). This may include poetry, fiction, hybrid genres, and/or excerpts from screenplays of stage plays.

Please email (from your Pepperdine student email account) your application file Dr. Struloeff at John.struloeff@pepperdine.edu with the subject line"Expressionists Editorship Application."