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Peripheries is a non-profit literary and arts journal established in 2017 that publishes artistic work that is, broadly understood, ‘peripheral’; work that explores the interstices between discourses, traditions, languages, forms, and genres. In this spirit, along with publishing poetry, visual art, and short stories, our scope is expansive, including translations, interviews, creative nonfiction, reviews, aphorisms, recipes, instructions, and manifestos. We encourage formal experimentation that is in a mutually-informing, organic relation to the artist’s topic or question, which might also explore the peripheral: the marginal, the incidental, the boundary-experience, the tangential, the borderline, and particularly those metaxical spaces (that both attract and repel) between artistry, philosophical speculation, mystical experience, and religious traditions. We are excited to expand these discussions in whatever way is meaningful to you and bring your myriad interpretations into dialogue on our pages.

Peripheries is proud to publish emerging writers, alongside established luminaries. We invite new artists to submit their work, including people under-represented in traditional literary circles.

Peripheries is published annually by Harvard Divinity School’s Center for the Study of World Religions under the supervision of its director Charles M. Stang. Hard copies are printed and distributed free-of-charge to the Harvard community.

The publication of our spring 2020 edition has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope to be able to release our third issue in the fall.