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Five Books That Have Influenced My Writing by hannah showalter Writing is one of my biggest passions in life, but when I’m not writing, I’m working at a library, constantly surrounding myself with books. As writers, we are told that one way to become a better writer is to read more. For my first blog… Continue reading editor’s note:

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why lgbtq+ representation matters in literature. “none of the queer people on tv made sense to me…” representation in literature is a topic that is rapidly evolving. in today’s editor’s note, assistant managing editor molly harms discusses the importance of representation in literature- and her personal journey in discovering that. By Molly Harms Reading is… Continue reading editor’s note:


by shanae vanmoore If you missed the STARS 2023 Violet Margin Launch Event, or want to rewatch it for the lovely readings and Q&A, here is a special treat! You can view the edited recording of the event. Don’t worry, the edit is only missing the sound errors and the bloopers from the set-up. All… Continue reading 2023 STARS EVENT VIDEO


On April 13th at 5 pm CST, Violet Margin and other student activity groups will present at the annual STARS event. This years launch of the 41st edition of Violet Margin will be hosted on Zoom and will feature live readings from contributors.  Special thanks to contributors, the graphic design department staff and students, and the English department… Continue reading 2023 LAUNCH EVENT AT STARS


Response to November 9th prompt: Write a haiku about an object that is in the room with you.” Marissa Weihofen, Reader by shanae vanmoore, VM Assistant Managing Editor the dirty clothes pile vanishing a red sneaker; the twins are severed

A Brother’s Gift

Response to November 4th prompt: Go to where you stream your music.Hit shuffle!Write a short work inspired by that song. Is it asad and dramatic song? Write about a break-upor mourning a death. Does it make you want todance? Write about a night out at a club! Havefun with it and get in touch with… Continue reading A Brother’s Gift

November Daily Prompts

Why and How You Can Participate by shanae vanmoore To celebrate National Novel Writing Month, aka NaNoWriMo, and inspire all the writers considering submitting to the Violet Margin journal, we are posting writing prompts on Twitter and Instagram. These prompts are an excellent way to hone your writing skills and an even better way to… Continue reading November Daily Prompts

Violet Margin 2022 Launch Event

Violet Margin officially launched the cover and layout of the 2021-2022 edition on April 7th, 2022 at the University of Illinois’s Student, Technology, Arts & Research Symposium (STARS)! Tune in to hear some words from our editors, and contributors- and engage in some discussion about literature and creativity in the undergraduate world. Watch the virtual… Continue reading Violet Margin 2022 Launch Event

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Why do we write about writing? regina ivy In the past semester, I have found that I am obsessed with the idea of writing about writing. I have written about the process of writing and every frustration that comes with it. I have written several proposals for essays that I know I want to write-… Continue reading editor’s note:

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Dancing to Songs About Death In 2018, I put together a collection of poetry called Dancing to Songs About Death. The title is in reference to my struggles with anxiety, particularly health anxiety. My goal was to make a book that was half memoir and half poetry collection, with a dose of stream-of-consciousness prose. The… Continue reading editor’s note:

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