The Simpson College Publications editing team compiles, edits, formats, designs, and publishes two publications: Sequel Literary Arts Anthology and Janus Head Interdisciplinary Academic Journal. We meet as a 4-credit class during regular semester hours at Simpson College.

As a group, we are establishing an opportunity for humanities students that is unprecedented in Simpson College history—an opportunity to learn to edit, design, publish, and market humanities publications in a hands-on environment. Students gain real publishing experience while connecting to the Simpson College community and the academic humanities world at large through the written word. 

Sequel is a publication of creative works by Simpson students, faculty, staff, and alumni. We publish poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and visual art. Sequel is a Simpson College publication staple; in 2016, it got an upgrade. The SC Publications editing team holds cover design contests for each Sequel publication. We also facilitate reading events on campus to encourage more acquisitions than ever before. Sequel has moved to online publication with a print-on-demand option; in going online, we are identifying and staying current with the moves of the publishing world. 


Janus Head is a philosophical publication specializing in articles regarding phenomenology, art, and continental philosophy, among other areas of study. The journal has been irregularly published in the past, but with the help of the SC Publications editing team, we are on track to continue publishing multiple volumes each year. Submissions are acquired from scholars from around the world. Students peer review the submissions, edit accepted work, and help publish each upcoming volume.

Critical thinking and asking big questions will always matter to me as a humanities student. Learning to instill those abilities into something tangible—into an editing, publishing, and creative marketing career—matters to me as a senior getting ready to enter the work force.
— Virginia Atwell, '17

Page text by Kathrin Herr & Virginia Atwell.