About Helicon

Helicon Literary & Arts Magazine was the brainchild of three students in Mary Kinzie’s 1979 poetry sequence. Lisa Getter, Christina Calvit, and Michael Steele wanted to provide Northwestern with a regularly published literary magazine that could showcase the artistic work of the student body. Helicon began in and is affliated with Chapin, the Humanities Residential College, and is funded by the Office of Residential Academic Initiatives. The first issue appeared in the spring of 1980.

Our name
Mount Helicon
was the home of the Muses, the site of their sacred springs, and the foreground to the exploits of figures such as Narcissus and Pegasus.

Poetry Staff

Ryan Varadi editor
Nikita Amir
Sarah Koubek
Tara Shirvaikar
Luther Snagel
Tiffany Wu
Rachael Zisk

Prose Staff

Nicole Fallert editor
Grace Gay
Alyssa Peterson
Gabrielle Rabon
Lucy Weidner
Andy Xiao
Arin Zwonitzer

Arts Staff

Luke Cimarusti editor
Suzanna DePeri
Grace Lee
Margaux MacColl
Evelyn Roth
Annie Shaw
Nate Tracy-Amoroso

Chapin Liaison

Melanie De Vincentiis


Katherine Steiner

Managing Editor

Erika Barrios

Operations Editor

Caroline Chu

Faculty Advisor

Elzbieta Foeller-Pituch

Upcoming Events


Soon accepting applications to join our staff- details to come!

Past events

Spring 2018 Launch – Open Mike at Bookends and Beginnings

Spring 2018 Event – Humans of Helicon at Chapin Residential College

Winter 2018 Issue Launch – Open Mike at Dittmar Gallery

Winter 2018 Issue Pre-Launch – Open Mike at Chapin Residential College

RCB & Helicon Present Artfest 2018

Winter 2017 Issue Launch – Open Mike at Dittmar Gallery