The Bohemian

The Bohemian is Notre Dame de Namur University’s award-winning art and literary journal produced by students and published every spring. The journal features the very best that the NDNU community has to offer in artwork, poetry and short stories. The Bohemian provides a place for students to produce a quality journal that showcases NDNU’s talent. Get your own copy of The Bohemian for only $5.00 at the Library, Writing center, through a staff member, or by emailing Jennifer Sullivan.

The 2017-2018 poetry and short story contest is now open!

The first place poetry and first place short story entries will each receive a $50 cash prize. For your work to be considered for the current edition, submissions are due by January 31stPlease see the submissions page here for more details. Submissions are open to students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends, and the general public.

The Bohemian receives funding from the NDNU English Department and Student Assembly. 


In 2014, The Bohemian turned 50 years old, representing decades of Notre Dame de Namur University’s creative history. The cornerstone was laid in 1964 with the first volume of the College of Notre Dame’s foreign language department’s literary journal Babel.

In 1978, students agreed to rename the journal CAT FEET. The name alludes to Carl Sandburg’s poem “Fog” which adequately describes the majestic and sometimes eerie fog seen from the NDNU campus rolling inland over the Pacific coastal range. A surviving 1981 copy of CAT FEET explains that “CAT FEET, a magazine of poetry and prose, is a non-profit literary journal dedicated to the publication of original poetry and prose by new writers. CAT FEET is published twice yearly.”

February 1991 brought significant changes to the journal when it was acquired by the English department and renamed The Bohemian. The College of Notre Dame was eventually renamed Notre Dame de Namur University, and the journal now incorporates art and literature into an annual publication that showcases new pieces by both unpublished and published writers and artists.

In 2006, The Bohemian received first place in the California College Media Association’s annual awards contest for producing the best four-year college magazine in its class. Although the journal has gone through three name changes, a change in department management, and a change in the university’s name, it still promotes, defends and showcases the very best of NDNU’s creativity.


Jennifer Royer Sullivan
Faculty Advisor 

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