The Abington Review is Penn State Abington’s one and only literary and arts magazine. Established in 2004 by Associate Professor of English, Dr. Karen Weekes, the magazine’s mission statement remains the same: to showcase the finest original writing and visual artwork created by Penn State Abington undergradutate students. The Abington Review is a student-managed magazine with a sui generis process of creation. From submission to publication, individual pieces are analyzed and deliberated over, beginning with the editorial board, before passage to the editors for review.
The members of the organization convene weekly to discuss recent submissions, events, graphic design, and the magazine’s future endeavors. It is in these meetings that many of the magazine’s unique identities take form, offering students a collaborative editoral experience that goes beyond the classroom. Published submissions have no defining quality, although most past editors have advocated fully developed, carefully proofread written work, and visual art that tells a story, as deciding factors.
We Are the only publication on campus in which students publish their written and visual art.
The theme of The Abington Review transforms every academic year; for example, The 2015 edition of the magazine—which won the national Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Director’s Prize for Content—recognized the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki; it doubly reflects the consequential American ideologies that opened all fronts of Cold War paranoia. Click here to read the content of that issue, which was edited by Thomas W. Van Osten IV and Hudson Saffell.
The magazine’s faculty advisor is Jimmy J. Pack Jr. MFA/MA—Creative Writing.