How is a classic born? Is it through groundbreaking prose? Heart-wrenching plot and true-to-life characters? Is it the author’s unique style?

All of these are necessary, but most importantly, classic literature must resonate with readers across the ages and keep pace with changing times. It must capture the essence of a generation and push the boundaries of literature. Classics are innovative and personal. They engage the reader in deeply familiar ways, as if we had known the stories all along. The language physically affects us; joy, sorrow, and passion swell within us and make us shudder. We live alongside the characters and invest ourselves in their journeys. Their successes and failures strike us to our very core.

Literature evolves as society changes, yet a classic will always revolve around the human experience. This journal will showcase contemporary literature with classic potential. Through book reviews, interviews, and commentaries, we hope to represent authors with robust, relatable visions of the world.

Join us as we discover stories that will withstand the test of time.

Meet the Editors:

MdubefreelancewriterMonica Dubé

Monica Dubé is a San Diego-based freelance writer and aspiring novelist. From Hawthorne to Hemingway, she enjoys reading classic literature that explores facets of the human experience, including love, sexuality, tragedy, and death. She is influenced by works that expose the raw humanity that exists beneath the chaos of everyday life.


daniel floatingDaniel Gerardi

Daniel Gerardi is a human creature in the process of becoming. He learns about himself and the world by writing and reading, and occasionally by climbing trees to commune with birds and squirrels. He particularly enjoys American literature and film, counting Steinbeck, Thoreau, and Tarantino as important influences. He has also been known to quote Jack Kerouac and Spongebob Squarepants in the same conversation. He finds peace on mountain peaks, and happiness when watching the sky change color. He works with purpose, rests in reason, and hopes to never stop learning.

IMG_0844 cropKira Matsuo

Kira Matsuo is an avid reader, writer, and aspiring teacher. The complex range of human emotions inspires her to see beauty in all aspects of the world, especially in art and literature. Besides classic authors, including Austen and the Brontë sisters, she enjoys reading the work of realistic fiction writers who experiment with form and perspective. Kira is also currently working on her own creative non-fiction piece about her father’s life as a burned firefighter and hopes to publish the story soon.


bioAlyssabeth Knerr

Alyssabeth Knerr is writer/poet originally from the East Coast, recently relocated to San Diego. She grew up loving the works of e.e.cummings, Maya Angelou, Allen Ginsberg and the Transcendentalists. She enjoys both reading and writing poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction for the transformative, uplifting, qualities it can possess, as well as literature that is experimental in form.