In 1977, Dr. Esther Davis suggested “PRISMS” as the concept for a school literary magazine, and advisor Kathleen Irace heralded the first journal into production. Since then many La Verne faculty have advised and edited the student editorial board, including Kirsten Ogden, Catherine Henley-Erickson, Ken Scambrey, Ann Fisher, Carol Fetty, and Janice Johnson. In May of 2004, the magazine became Prism Review, and the faculty at the time, Kirsten Ogden, reevaluated the mission and goals and took steps to make the journal more community- and nationally-oriented. The production shifted from hand-typed and photocopied chapbook-sized stapled issues to a square-binding which showcased photography and a wider array of writing genres. This opening up was Prism‘s first move toward an expansion that would eventually welcome works of all writers in the country and the world.
Since 2008, Prism Review has annually published contemporary poetry and fiction from both national and international authors, choosing the best 20 or so pieces from the thousand-plus submissions we read each year. We also sponsor prizes in fiction and poetry judged by highly respected contemporary writers. Unlike many journals, our staff (save for a faculty advisor/editor) is entirely made up of undergraduate Creative Writing students here at the University of La Verne — please be impressed by their hard work and excellent taste in literature. Alongside literary works, Prism Review also publishes interviews and reviews with emerging contemporary authors. We’ve been lucky to do interviews with notable poets and fiction writers, including Lynne Thompson, Lucy Corin, Michelle Brittan Rosado, Craig Santos Perez, and Michael Jaime-Becerra.