“Garden of the Loach” illustration by RSC alumni and previous Rev editor: Jacqueline Hilliard, recently graduated with a degree in Design”

The Rev is a student-run literary journal, formerly known as The Russell Sage Review. 

For the fourth year in a row, The Rev is being produced in collaboration with young people at CreativityUnleashed, a not-for-profit arts organization in London. 

The Rev is also published in partnership with the Russell Sage English, Writing and Culture program. EWC is an innovative program in which students engage with diverse literatures and cultures, learn about the ways that writing shapes the world, and develop their own powerful voices. For more information, check out the EWC program details here. 

The Rev is also supported by the Sage libraries and funded by Russell Sage College’s Carol Ann Donahue Endowed Fund.


 Submissions for 2024 Now Open!

All members of the Sage community, including faculty, staff, alumni, and current students on both the Albany and Troy campuses, are invited to submit to our yearly literary and creative arts magazine. The closing date for submissions is November 29, 2023, at midnight. If you have any questions, email Professor Angie Smith at [email protected].

Picture of a dragon with the words:
The Rev: Publish your creative work in a glossy full-color literary and creative arts magazine.
Students, staff faculty and alumni all are welcome to submit work. Deadline: November 29, 2023.
Email your work to Professor Angie Smith: smitha37@wowuigallery.com.
Artwork must be a high resolution jpg. Writing must be either a word document or a PDF. All submissions must have titles. Maximum 10 pieces per person. Photography. Drawing. Painting. Poetry. Fiction. Nonfiction.

The Rev 2023

the rev magazine cover, which says "young pens are even mightier" with a spaceship flying over a city decorated in lights.

What a year we’ve had over here at Russell Sage College in Troy, New York. While the world returned to a sort of normal post pandemic, our creatives have been very busy. After many weeks of creative arts workshops and reviewing an incredible collection of submissions from our community, we are very excited to present this year’s offering of creative content. Inside these pages you will find voices from our community here in upstate New York and also from our partners in London, UK. This includes our students, staff and faculty here at Sage but also the young people from CreativityUnleashed. This is why there is a mix of British and American English.

Inside these pages you can enjoy a wide range of creativity including: poetry, flash fiction, non-fiction, photography, painting, digital artwork, drawings and more. The selection process was driven by the mission to integrate as many diverse voices as possible, focusing in on what our communities are celebrating, what they are mourning and what they are hoping for in the future.

Many thanks to local poet Carol Durant and local theatre director Jean-Remy Monnay for inspiring us this year with stories of their creative processes and advice regarding how to integrate a creative lifestyle in a post-pandemic world. Also, we’d like to thank Mark Mathews from Bluekite Creative for the design of our magazine and also for the work experience opportunities afforded to our design students.

2023 Published Creatives

Here is the list of published creatives in this year’s magazine:

Ethan Alcee

Katrina Beach

Sherwin Bentick

Madison Berry

Pamela Bryant

Ashley Busby

Riley Caiazza

Natali Cobb

Lori Cui

Starlyn D’angelo

Lisamaria Depoo

Chloe DeSilva

Maverick Douglas

Reginald Dumas

Takudzwa Edwards

Ozge Erdur

Michael Groissl

Mandy Gwuilt

Kathryn Hannay

Victoria Harris

Jacqueline Hilliard

Kate Hunter

Maryam Khaleel

Isabella Xingyi Li

Samantha Li

Lori Maki

Arlene Martinez

Amy (Ruqing) Mei

Ella Miller

Jeana Monaco

Kathleen Muller

Mya Munroe

Gavin O’Connor

Alina Panteleeva

Sophia Pearl

Mason Peng

Laurel Petersen

Lydia Ragubir

Sumi Nam Kita Rakhtam

Jonathan Reese

Yuling Ruan

Edith Sandulescu

Dylan Scherillo

Maysoon Sheikh

Cecilia Shen

Cristina Signoretti

Angie Smith

Haoyuan (Kevin) Tu

Desmond Volmar

Celina Wang

Michelle Wiant

Newton Wilk

Ramasoj Williams

Rayann Williams

Daniela Withington

Aryanna Zeigler

Ethan Zeng

Jingxuan Zhang

Katherine Zhong

Anya Zhu

Yuhan Sissi Zhu



Join The Rev!

If you are interested in joining The Rev editorial team in the 2024 academic year, please email Adjunct Professor Angie Smith: [email protected] for further information.


Thank you to our partners!