Transfer is San Francisco State’s student-run literary magazine featuring poetry, fiction, drama, creative nonfiction and art by SFSU students. Each semester, the undergraduate staff taking CW 640 discusses and selects student submissions for publication.
Often the breakthrough publication for San Francisco State’s emerging writers, Transfer has featured authors who have gone on to become well-established, such as Anne Rice and Ernest Gaines, and to become faculty at our school, such as Brian Thorstenson, Nona Caspers, and Truong Tran. Every semester we interview established writers and solicit their work, so your writing could be published alongside theirs!
We encourage all San Francisco State students, grad or undergrad, to submit, regardless of major.
As part of the social justice mission of SFSU and the Creative Writing Department, Transfer centers anti-oppressive, anti-racist pedagogies and practices. All of our individual and collective identities, differences, similarities, and intersectionalities bring opportunities for discussion, learning, and radical empathy in the classroom. We of the SFSU Creative Writing Department are committed to the proliferation and visibility of BIPOC and LGBTQ+ voices and perspectives. We welcome discussions about how writing and literature can actively serve to create empathy and dismantle damaging power structures, hierarchies, stereotypes, and other dehumanizing forms of marginalization that exist in society. We strive to create a classroom environment free of racism, anti-Blackness, colorism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, sexism, heterosexism, transphobia, fatphobia, ageism, ableism, classism, xenophobia, prejudice against immigrants of any status, or any other discrimination. This statement is not geared toward censoring what we read or write, but rather toward working together to create the world we envision through our writing and through the community we foster in the classroom.
Mary Jane Nordahl