Pinyon is a national journal of poetry, prose and art published at Colorado Mesa University.

Submissions are invited from both established and emerging writers.


Pinyon, Colorado Mesa University’s national literary magazine, was founded in 1994 and has published continuously since spring 1996.  Initially, the magazine was called Pinyon Poetry and published twice a year—as a sort of literary experiment—using private donations.  Since the name change, the journal has featured poetry, prose and art, along with the occasional review, and has become an annual publication funded primarily by the Department of Languages, Literature and Mass Communications at C.M.U.  The magazine is edited by both faculty and students, with undergraduates filling vital roles usually reserved for graduate students or even faculty at other institutions.  The experiment has succeeded, and the experience has been invaluable.

Each year Randy Phillis appoints a student managing editor for a practicum experience running an annual national publication. The Managing Editor for the 2016 edition is C.M.U. senior Megan Vorse. Megan has put in many, many hours of work  for this years issue has created a beautiful product. The student managing editor for the 2017 issue has been selected, so congratulations and welcome to Lauren Lipski.

TJ Gerlach is a fiction writer with an MFA from the University of Utah and a PhD from the University of Denver.  He currently teaches creative writing and literature at Colorado Mesa University.His work has appeared in, among other places, Fiction Southeast, Shark Reef, Press, Literal Latte, The Wisconsin Review, Mid-American Review, and The Review of Contemporary Fiction.

Randy Phillis is the author of three collections, A Man Explains His Posture, Kismet, Colorado, and Plots We Can’t Keep Up With. His poems have appeared widely in journals such as American Literary Review, Denver Quarterly, Florida Review and Iowa Review. He has been editing various literary magazines since 1980, and has edited two small presses. He teaches writing and American Literature at Colorado Mesa University.

A special thanks to everyone that has helped make the Pinyon exceptional over the last few years:

*Leah Campbell and Melissa Statler

*TJ Gerlach’s 2014 Literary Editing and Publishing – ENGL 387- class, who were involved in the editing of the 2015 issue as well as the web-development and research of this very site: Lauren Brouse, Macie Christian, Ashley Connor, Rachel Howell, Megan Liggett, Anthony Kellum, Cheyenne Paningsoro, Jason Rhea, and Erica Scribner.


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