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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 released late in the Spring semester and is celebrated with a gala event. Each issue will include a combination of poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, short plays, short screenplays, 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 mike forum for students and faculty to read their work. These readings occur once or twice per semester. The staff also plans the gala event in late 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 shortly after winter break (see guidelines below). Contact the Director of Creative Writing, Dr. John Struloeff, if you have specific questions.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. John Struloeff

Current Editor: Paulina Bolinski (2008-2009)

Previous Editor: Michelle Petty (2006-2007, 2007-2008)

Editorship of Expressionists

Deadline: Friday, January 30, 2009 at 4:45 p.m.

Each year a new editor will be appointed for Pepperdine's undergraduate literary magazine, Expressionists. The position is unpaid and lasts the entire school year. Some of the duties include coordinating the Coffee House Reading Series (usually one reading per semester), coordinating the gala/reading for the publication of that year's issue (usually in late March/early April), and coordinating the submission process, screenings, and publication of the magazine. The magazine staff usually meets several times per month 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, Dr. John Struloeff. The finalists for this position will also be interviewed.


Please submit the following in the order listed:

  1. An info sheet that includes your name, major, planned semester of graduation, related coursework, and contact information (including Pepperdine email).
  2. A cover letter to Dr. Struloeff expressing your interest in the position, your experiences and interests, your prior experience with Expressionists or with other Pepperdine publications, your plans and ideas for the magazine, and future professional plans after you graduate from Pepperdine.
  3. A c.v./resume.
  4. A 10-15 page sample of creative work.

Please place these materials in a manila envelope with only the words "Editorship Application" on the front of the envelope. Do not put identifying information on the envelope.

To submit your application, drop it off in person to Dr. John Struloeff (CAC 205) or in his division mailbox in the HUTE division's main office (CAC 300). No electronic copies will be accepted.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Dr. Struloeff by email at John.struloeff@pepperdine.edu or by stopping by his office.