apirl foolz

the real april fools is that this was published on april second (i mean. whaaaat. ur reading the date wrong whaatt its aprilf rist. what. what. what.)

look around. we are in your walls.

hee hee

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Winter issue 2021 is here!!

*disclaimer: we know it’s 2021 very sorry for the lateness*

We’re back to our workshops at Peet’s and in-person meetings, but we’ve also strengthened our community more than we ever have in years past. Vertigo is (verti)growing, and now you can see The Results!

So, in another cold winter, we invite you to bask in the warmth of the sun with us. Our writers and artists (and webmaster btw) have worked really hard to bring this to you and we hope you enjoy <3

p.s. i chose the fonts & colors myself

p.p.s. cover art by kristin zhao we love you <3

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Halloween issue is out!!!

This Halloween, amidst the early application deadline, we thought… what is the scariest thing on the planet?

We thought of zombies. Ghosts. Haunted houses (hice?). Bloodsucking vampires. However, none of them managed to equal the terror presented by the years of debt brought forward by the United States’s education system.

So with terror and fright, we welcome you to this year’s Halloween issue… Student Loans.

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Spring Issue 2021 is in PRINT!

Spring Issue 2021 is here — in PRINT!

We have no words to describe our excitement…but here are a few.

After multiple workshops, lots of editing, too many Google forms, a discussion about beans, another annual contest, and a deep cut to our budget, it’s finally here! Spring Issue 2021! Access it right here on our website, or if you’re a staff member, be reading to pick up a copy soon!

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Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter — we have an inherent responsibility as a literary magazine to advocate for justice and hold those in power accountable; as the late James Baldwin once said in regards to being a writer, “I consider that I have many responsibilities, but none greater than this: to last, as Hemingway says, and get my work done.”

Through literatures we expose the injustice, the suffering, and the inequality in the society. We must take our stance and do the same in the society we live in.

We stand against racism.

We stand with you.

Our heart goes out to all the communities and areas affected by police brutality, and we encourage you to use your incredible writing and art skills for reform. Send letters to your CA representatives (Ro Khanna and Dianne Feinstein), message your relatives and friends to address the subject, and write to express yourself. Activism is more then just protests and we know that each of you is capable of making a small ripple to shift the tide of the times. For more ways to get involved, visit blacklivesmatter.carrd.co.

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Winter Printed Issue




The Winter issue is out! Usually, we don’t print the winter issue because it’s costly, but we decided to do it a low-budget DIY way using regular paper and B/W ink instead of our usual fancy spring issue. Here are some photos in case you missed them. The content is also online under our issues tab/menu.

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Winter Issue Theme

In the wake of an exceedingly tempestuous discourse in the company of Vertigo personnel, which is composed of a group of ten, ideas of each of whom are subject to the experiences of their persons and some, whose name shall be kept, out of, but not limited to, respects for themselves and the necessity of anonymity for the public and private welfare, with stronger fervors than others in their expressions and radical interests, we collectively as a whole, having smoothed over the crooks and obstacles and the disagreement that have born within and divided us, have come to an agreement on the word, which is taken from the list of four that was heretofore a topic of discourse and change but no longer so as of this moment in time, that is to be used for the upcoming issue, which commonly and more popularly, albeit arguably a statement of subjectivity, is known to the general public as the Winter issue.
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