The Amistad is Howard University’s literary arts journal. Our goal is to elevate the creative voices of the Black diaspora through poetry, fiction, interviews, and art. We strive to publish the best up-and-coming voices in conjunction with local and established writers to create a journal that speaks directly to the black community. Under the banner of Howard - a premier Historically Black College and University - we are continuing the legacy of the campus’ great voices (Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston, Amiri Baraka, Lucille Clifton, and Paul Laurence Dunbar) by publishing unique works that push the boundaries of craft and theme. We are open to all writers and artists that speaks directly to our continuing mission.
The Amistad is Howard University’s oldest student-run undergraduate literary magazine. We borrow our name from the Spanish slave ship, La Amistad. In 1839, 53 captives from the Mende people of Sierra Leone rebelled on La Amistad, sued for their freedom. Howard University students have worked in their honor the rebellion that took place on La Amistad by collecting and publishing works in their name.