The Journal of Black Mountain College Studies

is a peer-reviewed open-access digital publication of the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM+AC). The Journal seeks to host diverse works by writers and artists of varied backgrounds. We welcome academic articles, essays, reviews, poetry, images and forms of artistic expression.

We are delighted to announce that the latest volume of the Journal of Black Mountain College Studies is now online! Volume 13: Silence/Presence invites readers to reflect on sound and silence, presence and absence, inclusion and omission—with acknowledgment, of course, to Black Mountain College’s own John Cage, but also to all the others whose contributions have taken place in relative obscurity.

The journal has open submissions. We invite you to send us an abstract of an idea, a draft, or a completed item for our consideration in subsequent volumes. We will respond to your abstract quickly so that you can move on to submitting the full work.

Submissions may include articles, poems, memoirs, images, videos, or other material that can be used in an online format. The Journal is an open access online journal only. Authors retain all rights to their individual work.

Please refer to our contributor guidelines for more information.

We look forward to hearing from you! Email us at

Thomas Frank
Carissa Pfeiffer

Latest Volumes:

Volume 13: Silence/Presence

Volume 13: Silence/Presence

"There is no such thing as an empty space or an empty time. There is always something to see, something to hear. In fact, try as we may to make a silence, we cannot." –John Cage, from Silence: Lectures and Writings "Is this what poetry is, letting what is there be...

Volume 12: Expanding the Canon

Volume 12: Expanding the Canon

Although small by design, Black Mountain College was boundless in many ways, and has long had an astonishing hold on the public mind. During its 24-year run as a liberal arts college with summer arts institutes, its activities regularly found their way into the media...