“In 1769, surveyors in the Grand Ohio Company proposed a new colony to be named in honor of the German-born British queen: Vandalia. This new territory was to include almost all of present-day West Virginia, large portions of Kentucky, and western Pennsylvania South of the Ohio River with a capital at Fort Pitt.”
– Ed Simon, An Alternative History of Pittsburgh
The Vandalia is dedicated to publishing a rich chorus of Appalachian voices. Our contributors have published poems in The Paris Review, served in the National Parks Service and the US military, raised children, and been featured in juried art exhibits. The journal is staffed by undergraduate students at West Virginia Wesleyan College. Contributors are often but not exclusively members of the campus community.
Editor-in-Chief: Daniel Dyal
Assistant Editor/Senior Prose Editor: Ali Householder
Senior Poetry Editor: Ally Dempsey
Prose Editor: Julia O’Neill
Prose Editor: Thomas Onks
Poetry Editor: Joniah Howell
Poetry Editor: Alanna Claypool
Senior Art Editor: Christopher T Folio
Art Editor: Raven Flanigan
Layout Editor: Kay Lange
Layout Editor: Zachary Westra
Faculty Advisor: Robert Stevens
The Vandalia was founded in 2000 by Irene McKinney, a beloved faculty member at the College and the Poet Laureate of West Virginia. The journal emerged from a similar student-led literary magazine, No Go the Rickshaw.