Confluence: The Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies is a national, interdisciplinary journal published by the AGLSP that reflects the best scholarly and creative work of students and faculty of member programs. Its broad scope includes scholarly essays and creative work such as short stories, poetry, creative nonfiction, and visual art.

Contributors may be those affiliated with AGLSP member programs — students, alumni, faculty, and others. From this exchange of ideas and art, the Association hopes to generate intellectual discussion, foster an understanding of the range of its multidisciplinary activities, and stimulate research and creative endeavors among its readers.

Submit Your Work

Confluence welcomes manuscripts from students, faculty, and graduates of AGLSP member programs, including essays, research papers, short stories, poetry, and other creative works. The journal also accepts book reviews of interdisciplinary works of interest to the Liberal Studies community.

Submission Guidelines

Questions about submissions? Contact Ken Smith, Editor, at or call (574) 520-4173. Fall 2012 office hours in the Eastern time zone are, at a minimum, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday, but extend well beyond that most days. If that time for a phone conference is not convenient, please email and a better time can certainly be arranged.

Writing Awards

The Association is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 Confluence writing awards:

  • Jackson Shultz (Dartmouth College), Transforming Relationships: An Oral History of Transgender Experience in Love and Romance (creative writing)
  • Kenneth Mumma (Villanova University), ALaw for the Chosen: Levitical Interpretation and the Homosexual Prohibitions (interdisciplinary writing)

Their winning submissions are published in the Fall 2013 issue.

The AGLSP board and the editors of Confluence sponsor the annual Confluence Award for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Writing along with the Confluence Award for Excellence in Creative Writing. The first award celebrates interdisciplinary inquiry as the central intellectual practice of GLS and critical writing as a foundational tool of graduate study. The second award celebrates creative writing as a form of inquiry, art, and expression. The two winning pieces are published in the Fall issue of the journal. The authors each receive a prize of $500 and are introduced at the AGLSP Annual Conference.

Eligibility: Current or recent students of all AGLSP member programs are eligible. Pieces are nominated in January by program directors, and nominations may include anything written as part of the author’s graduate work during the previous calendar year. Download 2014 Confluence Award Guidelines. Note that the deadline for 2014 submissions is January 31, 2014.


To subscribe to Confluence, simply complete the Subscription Order Form and mail to:

Confluence: The Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies
c/o Ken Smith, Editor
3107 Wiekamp Hall
Indiana University South Bend
South Bend, IN 46634-7111


Confluence is published with the support of the following sponsors:

  • Dartmouth College
  • DePaul University
  • Fort Hays State University
  • Georgetown University
  • Indiana University South Bend
  • Marshall University Graduate College
  • Ramapo College of New Jersey
  • Rice University
  • Rollins College
  • St. Norbert College
  • Simon Fraser University
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Stanford University
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
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  • University of Southern Indiana
  • Vanderbilt University
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Annual Sponsorships for $500 entitle each sponsor to 5 one-year subscriptions (Fall and Spring issues) and recognition as a sponsor in each issue. Sponsors may purchase additional copies at a discount.

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Editorial Staff

Ken Smith, Indiana University South Bend

Editorial Reviewers

  • M. David Arant, University of Memphis
  • Clinton Atchley, Henderson State University
  • Jim Bunting, Duke University
  • Brigitte Byrd, Clayton State University
  • Robert E. Cannon, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Robert Christopher, Ramapo College
  • Timothy Crusius, Southern Methodist University
  • Toni Easterson, Wesleyan University
  • Chester Gillis, Georgetown University
  • Jeffrey Hayes, University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee
  • Shirley Horbatt, Kean University
  • Deborah Keenan, Hamline University
  • Anne Keiter, University of Delaware
  • Stephen Kitzis, Fort Hays State University
  • Janet Pope, Hiram College
  • Thomas M. Rivers, University of Southern Indiana
  • Frederick J. Ruf, Georgetown University
  • Carole Shaffer-Koros, Kean University
  • Naomi Starosta, University of Denver
  • June Sturrock, Simon Fraser University
  • Larry Sutin, Hamline University
  • Steven Vogel, Duke University
  • Charles E. Yonkers, Georgetown University


Contact Us

Questions and comments about Confluence should be addressed to:

Ken Smith, Editor