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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, reviews, aphorisms, recipes, instructions, and manifestos; we also enjoy material peripheral to published work, such as storyboards, drafts, sketches, and word lists. 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 the metaxical spaces (that both attract and repel) between artistry, theological 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 those 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.


Print copies of the journal are sold at the Grolier Poetry Book Shop in Cambridge. Digital copies can be downloaded from this website for free.



Sherah Bloor

Associate Editor

Sam Bailey, Emma De Lisle


Gabby Woo

Editorial Advisory Board

Poetry: Yahya Ashour, Darius Atefat-Peckham, Benjamin Bellet, Olivia Cowley, Yongyu Chen, Josh Gregory, Amanda Gunn, Joshua Kurtz, Timothy Leo, Tawanda Mulalu, Walter Smelt III, Eden Werring.​ Prose: Scott Aumont, Harry Hall, Mac Loftin, Kim Mereine, Leah Muddle, Maria Pinto. Art: Isabel Bailey, Joel Werring, Gabby Woo. Sound: Nomi Epstein, Rebecca Lane, Andrew Schulman.

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