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.

Helicon’s 40th anniversary will arrive in spring 2020.  Pictured above is Lisa Getter, co-founder of Helicon, who sat down for an interview with Helicon in honor of its 40th anniversary.

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

Rachael Zisk editor

Abeje Schnake
Ahlaam Moledina
Eleanor Colligan
Hannah Hall
Harriet Fardon
Oliver Henry
Sofia Bening

Prose Staff

Grace Gay editor

Celine Fitzpatrick
Claire Pak
Jaila Carey
Mandy Chen
Max Paik
Rachel Kantor
Sophie Gilbert

Arts Staff

Margaux MacColl editor

Carly Galvin
Imra Tajuddin
Isabel Azpiroz
Katie Hwang
Lauren Loeffler
Laurisa Sastoque
Wendy Li


Erika Barrios

Managing Editor

Luke Cimarusti

Operations Editor

Alyssa Peterson

Publicity Editor

Tara Wu

Faculty Advisor

Elzbieta Foeller-Pituch

Upcoming Events

January 29, 2020: Writing workshop with Tom Burke, creative writing instructor and assistant director of the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, at Chapin Residential College.

Spring 2020: Deadline for submissions to the 40th anniversary print edition of Helicon. Click here to submit or email submit.helicon@u.northwestern.edu.

Past events

Spring Issue 2019 Launch and Open Mike

Evanston Literary Festival Book Fair Spring 2019

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