Mission Statement

The graduate students in the Writing & Publishing program at Vermont College of Fine Arts create Hunger Mountain, & we have a voracious desire to elevate the best of today’s literature. VCFA is the only college devoted exclusively to graduate fine arts education, & the W&P program is the only MFA program that prepares students for careers in the Publishing industry as well as honing their writing. Students live full-time on our historic campus in Montpelier, at the base of Mount Hunger. The editors of Hunger Mountain share VCFA’s belief that the arts are central to the human experience & have the ability not only to reflect reality but also to create it.

Students in our Publishing & Fieldwork class are offered the rare opportunity to experience the complete creation of a literary journal: reading submissions, choosing writing, deciding the look & feel of the print journal, & promoting the magazine. Our Masthead changes annually, & our revolving Guest Editors & Contest Judges reach into their literary communities & help make them part of ours. This allows for aesthetic flexibility, guided by our steady ethics: promoting voices that have gone unheard, expanding our representation & scope, & critically examining our contemporary culture & our field. We are dedicated to transparency, & we value vulnerability, adventure, & accessibility. We are run by the future of the literary world, & we take great pride in discovering new voices, as well as publishing the freshest work from established artists.

In the early spring we publish our annual print issue. Each themed magazine is designed by a different student in VCFA’s MFA program in Graphic Design, & we aim to make them as beautiful—& by that we mean as striking, & maybe strange—as the writing inside. 

In the late spring we collaborate with May Day Studio to publish a handmade letterpress chapbook. 

In the early summer we publish the winners of our five annual contests on our website.  

Throughout the summer & fall we publish a piece every week from the print issue on our website, featuring the art from the tangible magazine in a new format with broader reacha counterpoint to the print issue that is, we hope, gorgeous enough to be displayed on your coffee table. 

Throughout the year at Hunger Mountain Online we publish reviews, interviews, & craft essays written by the Editors. 

Through these three intersecting formats, we seek to showcase the full range of ways to interact with text & art, by reaching as far across the globe as we can digitally, & also offering objects you want to hold in your hands.