In February 2017, Sublevel, a new literary magazine housed in the Creative Writing program, launched online. Sublevel is devoted to the nexus of literature, poetics, art, criticism, philosophy, culture and politics. 

The magazine inherits and reflects the dynamism of contemporary Los Angeles as a hub of literature, art, and activism, while also stretching beyond our locality. Based in the CalArts MFA Creative Writing Program, an innovative and interdisciplinary environment dedicated to the experimental impulse in writing and thinking, Sublevel is a literary publication immersed in the world of art without being in service to it. 

We make no hard distinctions between creative and critical enterprise, but rather celebrate writing of any kind that we find stimulating, timely, or otherwise compelling. We will publish original essays, interviews, roundtables and other features online; there will also be an annual print component.

In time Sublevel will expand in ways we can only begin to imagine. Sublevel is produced in collaboration with the online magazine Entropy, and in conversation with East of Borneo, an online art magazine also housed at CalArts. Students in our program have the opportunity to work on Sublevel, but it is not a student publication, nor does it publish the work of current students. We neither focus on faculty or alumni of CalArts nor exclude them.

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