The Normal School is now an online journal featuring nonfiction, fiction, poetry, criticism, journalism, author interviews, and multi-media texts. The bi-annual print magazine finished in spring 2019, ending its 11-year run.

We are nestled happily into the California State University at Fresno like a comfy spore in a benign and mighty lung. We dig quirky, boundary-challenging, energetic prose and poetry with innovations in content, form, and focus, which isn’t actually as high-falutin’ as it sounds. We’re just sort of the lit mag equivalent of the kid who always has bottle caps, cat’s eye marbles, dead animal skulls, little blue men and other treasures in his pockets. We also actively seek to publish and promote work by historically under-represented and marginalized voices. 



The Normals

Founding Editors
Sophie Beck, Steven Church, and Matt Roberts

Managing Editor
Mellissa Jessen-Hiser

Senior Associate Editors
Jer Xiong (Creative NonFiction), Aaliyah Green (Fiction), Kirk Alvaro Lua (Poetry)

Multi-Media Editors

Aaliyah Green, Elizabeth Bolaños

Associate Editors

Elizabeth Bolaños, Addison Ellis, Aaliyah Green, Nou Her, Will Freeney, Mellissa Jessen-Hiser, Yia Lee, Kirk Alvaro Lua, Rodolfo Avelar, Jer Xiong

Assistant Editors
Brock Allen, Will Christensen, Sydney Hinton, Carolina Mata, Melinda Medeiros, Shelby Pinkham, Michael Ramirez, Ernesto Reyes

Student Assistants
Nou Her, Rodolfo Avelar

Special Issues Editors
Venita Blackburn, Brynn Saito, Steven Church

Special Issues Genre Editors

Will Freeney (Creative Nonfiction), Addison Ellis (Fiction), Kirk Alvaro Lua (Poetry)

Joe Bonomo (Music)

Web Design Editors
Elizabeth Bolaños, Jer Xiong

Managing Web Editors
Elizabeth Bolaños, Jer Xiong

Social Media Coordinator
Elizabeth Bolaños

Normal Support
Colossal thanks to California State University, Fresno, especially:

President, Dr. Joseph I. Castro

Dr. Honora Chapman, Interim Dean, College of Arts and Humanities

Dr. Sergio La Porta, Interim Associate Dean, College of Arts and Humanities

Dr. Xuanning Fu, Interim Vice Provost, Chair of the IRA Committee

Dr. Lisa Weston, Interim Chair, Department of English

Gail Freeman, Dean’s Office, College of Arts and Humanities

Jefferson Beavers, Communications Specialist, Department of English

The College of Arts and Humanities

The Division of Research and Graduate Studies

The Department of English

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