Mission

Apogee is a journal of literature and art that engages with identity politics, including but not limited to: race, gender, sexuality, class, ability, and intersectional identities. We are a biannual publication featuring fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art. Our goals are twofold: to publish fresh work that interrogates the status quo, and to provide a platform for underrepresented voices, prioritizing artists and writers of color. 

The word “apogee” denotes the point in an object’s orbit that is farthest from the center. Our mission combines literary aesthetic with political activism. We believe that by elevating underrepresented literary voices we can effect real change: change in readers’ attitudes, change in writers’ positions in literature, and broader change in society.

The composition of our staff upholds Apogee’s value of diversity, and includes writers, teachers, and nonprofit workers who are deeply passionate about issues of identity and social justice. 

History

In 2011, a group of writers of color and international students in Columbia’s graduate writing program created Apogee as a space to pay tribute to oppressed identities in a literary landscape dominated by white, cis-heteronormative, patriarchal voices. For more than five years, Apogee Journal operated independently, as a biannual print journal. Alongside the print journal is an active online hub, Perigee, which features original content, editorials, interviews, and much more. In 2018 Apogee Journal began to transition towards an all-online presence with occasional print projects, with the hope of creating more accessible ongoing conversations between our creative content and the community surrounding this work.

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