The History of Summit Avenue Review

Summit Avenue Review is the student-edited art and literary magazine of the University of St.Thomas community. It was created by students in 1976 as Personea. The next year the name was changed to Summit Avenue Express. The magazine continued to carry that name until 1997, when it was changed to its present name, Summit Avenue Review.

In 1997, the 1996 Summit Avenue Express was selected as the winner for content in the National Writing Program Directors’ Prizes for Undergraduate Literary Magazines. The judges of the contest wrote about the magazine; “The work contained in the Summit Avenue Express, the undergraduate literary journal of the University of St. Thomas, exhibits an exceptional range of stylistic ambition matched by a consistently high level of accomplishment…”

Beginning in 2000, students taking the Literary Magazine Practicum began designing and producing the magazine using the QuarkXPress desktop publishing program. In 2008, we switched to InDesign CS3.