The Common Wins NEA Literature Grant to Develop Programming for Web, Classrooms

February 16, 2015

By Madeline Ruoff ’18


The Common founder and editor Jennifer Acker ’00 (second from left) laughs
with students and Diana Babineau ’14, managing editor (far right)

The Common, Amherst College’s literary magazine, was one of 55 organizations nationwide to receive a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) literature grant in 2014, the first year that the publication was eligible. The magazine received $10,000 “to support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence.”

The Common Literary Magazine

Amherst steps up its uncommon commitment to The Common

Submitted on Monday, 6/16/2014, at 1:32 PM

The release on May 11 of the seventh issue of The Common, the rapidly growing print and online literary magazine based at Amherst College, marks increased college support for the magazine.

Jennifer Acker ’00

Print Makes a Stand

Literary Locavore

Editor's note: In the print version of this article, the title ZYZZYVA is misspelled several times. The spelling has been corrected in the online version, below. We apologize for the error.

In 1985 Howard Junker ’61 started a literary journal with a funny name. He’s still—for a few more months—slogging through the slush pile.

By Jennifer Acker ’00