A New School Year Begins

Hello Hyphenites, both old and new. We can’t wait to see you guys at our upcoming meetings! Here’s the scoop:

On Thursday, 9/6 at 5 PM in the H.E.A.R.T office in Mitten Hall, we are having a meeting for returning members.

On Thursday, 9/13 at 5 PM in the H.E.A.R.T. office in Mitten Hall, we are having a meeting for EVERYONE, including those interested in joining Hyphen.

Till then!


Help Hyphen Publish in Print

This year Hyphen celebrates its 12th anniversary as Temple’s premiere literary and arts magazine. The staff at Hyphen invites you to help support our magazine by offering a charitable, tax-deductible donation to the magazine’s university-sponsored fund. The proceeds will be used to defray the publishing costs of our latest issue as well as to develop a new, online edition of Hyphen for everyone to enjoy. Like most organizations, Hyphen is constantly looking for ways to improve and reach a larger audience; however, we would not be able to do this without your financial support. A gift of any amount will ensure Hyphen’s success for future undergraduate writers and visual artists to come.

Our target goal simply to cover printing and shipping costs is $700.

Supporting Hyphen is simple:

1.) Go to www.myowlspace.com/makeagift
2.) Click ‘Give Now.’
3.) Fill out First and Last Name, Email Address, and Donation Amount fields.
4.) On the dropbox next to ‘Choose the area of the university you would like to support,’ select ‘College of Liberal Arts.’
5.) Under ‘Choose the specific fund you would like to support,’ click ‘Other.’
6.) Finally, next to ‘If Other, (such as department or registered student organization) complete this field,’ type ‘Hyphen Literary Magazine Fund.’

The next page will direct the donor to enter his or her credit card information. Once this is complete, you will see a confirmation page with a receipt.

Again, no gift is too small and all gifts are tax deductible. We work hard to ensure that our magazine is the best it can be every year to give creative possibilities to undergraduate students, and we appreciate your support in that process.

Submission Information


The December 7th deadline for submitting to Hyphen is rapidly approaching, so let’s go over some basic information about our publishing process before you go into that post-turkey and/or tofurkey food coma you’ve been looking forward to all month.

Hyphen accepts visual arts, poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction, and other such creative works. We always publish our magazine in print (a copy of which is given to all those published in the current issue), and this year we’re venturing into online publishing as well.

In the spring, we host a launch party to celebrate the completion of the year’s Hyphen and the talents of the artists and writers found in our publication. It’s always a lot of fun–you get to hang out in one of Anderson Hall’s finest classrooms, nosh on some free snacks, pretend to be George Plimpton, and of course, commune with some of Temple’s most promising young creative types.

If you have any creative works you’d like to send to Hyphen, please check out our submissions manager, which explains the exact procedure for how to submit. In addition, feel free to email hyphen@temple.edu if you have any lingering questions or concerns. 

Hyphen has had a 12 year tradition of publishing quality undergraduate work, and we’d love to have you be a part of it!

Have a great Thanksgiving break!


“Hyphen Needs Your Help” (from the Faculty Herald)

Dear Temple Faculty and Administrators,

I am writing this letter as Managing Editor of Hyphen, the undergraduate literary journal. The magazine began twelve years ago as a project created by Professor Jena Osman. Since then, Hyphen has published 363 fiction writers, poets, and visual artists; each new publication our production values have been increasingly greater. This year, three students published in Hyphen were nominated for publication in Bennington College’s plain china, a national under-graduate anthology. If chosen, Hyphen will be featured alongside journals from Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, and numerous others. Recently, Hyphen alongside Drexel University’s literary magazine, Maya, has collaborated with the Mighty Writers in South Philadelphia. Every year, we strive to maintain a high level of content, production values, and community engagement open to all undergraduates.

As a student-run organization, we have relied on the faculty’s support since our first issue published in 2000. This mutual relationship helps sustain the magazine and fosters a thriving literary community on campus. During the last few years, the Student Activity Fund had financed the entire cost of publishing our magazine ($5000). However, due to a miscommunication between last year’s printer and my predecessors, that money is no longer available for the magazine’s use during the 2011-2012 academic year. Please help support Hyphen this year with a financial contribution in order to sustain our work serving both as a creative outlet for undergraduate artistic expression and an organization that helps the Philadelphia community at large. Donations in cash and services can be arranged with me via email: tuc33436@temple.edu. Check donations can be sent to:

Department of English
Temple University
1114 W. Berks Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Halloween Open-Mic @ Saxby’s

Hey Hyphenites!

Our next open mic night is on Thursday October 20th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Saxby’s Coffee on Liacouras Walk. If you’re interested in performing, please contact Brittany Harmon at Brittany.Harmon@temple.edu to arrange the details. Be assured that we welcome all sorts of talents to the stage Saxby’s has so generously loaned us, from poetry to music to rhythmic gymnastics (though we’d really prefer if you didn’t do that last one). For the shy or untalented among you, we’d love for you to stop by, grab a latte, and enjoy the night’s performances.

Also, in honor of this event occurring in the month of October, the open mic night is Halloween themed! Feel free to wear a costume, recite some Edgar Allen Poe, perform a dramatic reading from Friday the 13th, or do anything else that fits the mood.

Hope to see you all there!

PS: RSVP on our Facebook event here!



The Inaugural Post

Hello Readers,

This is the new home for Hyphen Literary and Arts Magazine. It is rather cozy here with many features, and the design is quite nice here too. During the course of this school year, the site will be the center (or the “event” for you Derrideans) for Hyphen-centric news especially with regards to (or w/r/t) our funding situation, open-mics, and many other literary events here on campus.

Information on how to submit work, to view photos taken by our photographer, Paul Turner, links to other Philadelphia literary institutions and writers will be here as well.

Happy reading.