Add The Common to your classroom

The Common publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and images that embody particular times and places both real and imagined: art & literature powerful enough to reach from there to here. The works in each issue of The Common are contemporary and diverse. In our pages, students will find bestselling and acclaimed authors alongside new literary voices, writers whose works will broaden students’ perspectives.

The Common is suited to 100- through 400-level courses; Editor-in-Chief Jennifer Acker is available to visit classes and talk with students about the editorial and revision processes. We also offer on-campus or Skype visits from our contributing authors and artists. Students’ receive discounted classroom subscriptions, and teachers get a free desk copy and complementary resources, including sample lesson plans, and supplementary readings and audio resources to foster student engagement. Learn more

Highlights from recent issues:

  • Portfolios of translated contemporary Arabic fiction: Issue 21 highlights work by Moroccan authors and artists; Issue 19 brings a collection of writing from Sudan; Issue 17 contains a portfolio of stories and art from Syria; Issue 15 features stories and art from Jordan, and Issue 11: Tajdeed is a special issue entirely devoted to writing and images from 15 Middle Eastern countries. See The Common’s classroom resources focused on Arabic literature in translation.
  • Issue 16 features a portfolio of work by Puerto Rican writers and artists on the island and in diaspora, marking one year after Hurricane Maria.
  • Issue 20, our tenth-anniversary issue, highlights a portfolio of writing from the Lusosphere—Portugal and its colonial and linguistic diaspora—with works in English and in translation.  


A class at Exeter Academy








issues 1-10 of the common



What teachers say:

“In my World Literature class, where we investigate and reflect upon the varying descriptions of World Literature in the present moment, Issue 11: Tajdeed provided an excellent case of an “intervention”—an excellent example of getting American and other Anglophone readers to read literature across national and cultural borders.”
—Marilyn Sides, Senior Lecturer in English and Director of Creative Writing at Wellesley College

“In my experience teaching and visiting classrooms, I see students feel the pulse of contemporary writing as both writers and close readers. They are inquisitive and reflective, ask excellent questions, and go on to produce admirable writing based on what they’ve read.”
—Jennifer Acker, Editor in Chief

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