Two Hawks Quarterly was begun in 2007 by creative writing students in the BA in Liberal Studies program at Antioch University Los Angeles. Submissions are curated by a team of student editors who work together with faculty to select work, correspond with authors, and prepare the work for publication. It is now receiving about 600 submissions per year from all around the world.
The Winter 2018 issue is the first issue to be released following a carefully considered redesign. Over two quarters, students and faculty looked over a broad sampling of literary journals and created numerous mock-ups. The upgrades implemented were motivated by the need for technical and aesthetic improvements.
The new site features an icon of a woodcut of two hawks by Southern California based artist Katie Ruiz which will serve as the new logo for Two Hawks Quarterly.
“We wanted our new website to look contemporary, have a bit of whimsy, and yet edge, and allow us to feature more visual art,” said Deborah Lott, one of the faculty advisers who oversee the journal. “We wanted to make it easier to access the works we publish: fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and genre X.”
In keeping with AULA’s mission for social awareness, the team has thoughtfully created an easy to navigate and equitable platform for both reading and submitting.
“Our new Table of Contents allows readers to enter the current issue with whatever author or genre they like,” added Lott. “By sorting authors alphabetically, we don’t feel we’re privileging any one work over any other.”
The new issue features Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction from writers across the country. The visual art section showcases art by Ms. Ruiz, as well as AULA faculty members, Caley O’Dwyer and Charley Lang.