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 12: Expanding the Canon showcases new scholarship and creative work relating to aspects of Black Mountain College that have been under-explored, including little-noted fields of teaching and the professors that worked in them, and BMC’s connections to other institutions, movements, and places.

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 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 23-year run as a liberal arts college with summer arts institutes, its activities regularly found their way into the media...

Volume 10: Chance | Dance

Volume 10: Chance | Dance

Dancing. Always there was dancing at Black Mountain College, from the porch of the Blue Ridge Assembly to the dining room at Lake Eden. I was reminded of this by a postcard that recently arrived in my post office box. Polka dots were added to a photograph by Kenelm...