Who Are We?

The Minor Bird is Chatham’s Undergraduate Literary Magazine. We are a student-led, student-driven organization that is focused on creating a space for the creative and critical writers and artists on campus to display their work.

The first issue of The Minor Bird was published in the spring of 1929. The title was inspired by Robert Frost’s poem of the same name after the poet visited Chatham’s campus. The plain green paper cover sported the classic bird stamp logo that would be used for every edition of The Minor Bird until the 1940’s. From 1939-49, The Minor Bird merged with the student newspaper, the Arrow, to create a publication known as the Dart— half creative, half journalistic. In the 1950s, The Minor Bird separated from the Dart and has remained in almost continuous publication for the last 67 years.

Today, The Minor Bird is a student organization with digital and print spaces for publishing poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, critical essays, and art. The Executive Board of Editors are elected by students. In addition, students at large may apply for the Editorial Board as readers who help make publication decisions. The publication is also supported by the students of ENG234 Minor Bird Lab. The students in the class serve as “Assistant Editors” while they learn about the process of making a literary magazine and meet with local figures in literary publishing, while also serving as copy editors, marketers, event planners, and record keepers for the journal.

The Minor Bird, like most literary magazines, desires to shine a light on the writers and artists hidden throughout campus. We celebrate our core authors and artists—the Creative Writing and English majors or Photography and Art majors—but we’re also looking to the Biology majors, the Business, Economics, Nursing, PT/OT, Math, Psychology, or Criminology majors who write on the side or paint to unwind. The Minor Bird is for all of Chatham’s campus, not only for the Humanities, but every department and student.

Our Staff

Elana Ragan is an Undergraduate Senior at Chatham University where she majors in English, minors in Psychology, pursues a certificate in Women’s Leadership, and is enrolled in the integrated degree program for her Masters of Arts in Teaching. She is the Editor-in-Chief of The Minor Bird for the 2018-2019 school year and has previously published her poem “Against the Wind” in the Ralph Munn Creative Writing Anthology (2016) and her critical essay “Existential Literature as an Influence on Societal and Personal Values” in The Minor Bird (2018). Her interests now mostly lie in critical writing and she enjoys reading classic novels, particularly the work of women writers and Russian authors.

Claire Rhode is a senior History and Creative Writing major at Chatham University. She is Managing Editor of The Minor Bird, President of Sigma Tau Delta, and Senior Editor of Chatham’s Her Campus Chapter. She has previously been published in The Minor Bird and the Chatham Post. She enjoys children’s literature and biographies.




Ahmir Allen is an Undergraduate student in his Junior year at Chatham University majoring in both Creative Writing and Film and Digital Technology. He is serving as the Poetry Editor for the Minor Bird during the 2018-2019 academic year, and has previously acted as a reader for The Honey Bee Review. His piece “For You” was published in the 2017 edition of The Minor Bird, and both “Palace Dive” and “Elegy for Dirt” were published in the journal’s 2018 edition. His favorite genres to read and write in are poetry, flash fiction, and screenwriting.




Callie DeMasters is a first year who attends Chatham University, where she plans to pursue education, language, digital media, and history. At the Minor Bird, she is the Prose Editor during the 2018-2019 school year. In the online literary magazine, Pulse, Callie was published for three consecutive years. Currently, you can find her working on her novels, writing poetry, adamantly flipping through Steinbeck novels, or reading works by female authors who challenge the status quo of modern literature.



Emily Reagan is a senior at Chatham University where she is pursuing a double major in Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies, a minor in Criminology, and a Women’s Leadership Certificate. She is currently acting as The Minor Bird’s Publicity Editor for the 2018-2019 school year. While she does not yet have any creative publications, she has several psychological publications in the works from her time in research laboratories at Chatham, the University of Pittsburgh, and Yale University. She loves writing critical pieces, specifically works connecting gender, the mind, and the horror genre, and her favorite things to read are all things spooky.


Iyanna Armwood is a junior at Chatham University where they major in English and Creative Writing. They are co-Publicity Editor of The Minor Bird for the 2018-2019 school year. They were a featured reader at Chatham University’s Word Circus, Rea Coffeehouse Reading Series, and Queer Read-In. Iyanna writes short slice-of-life stories and hopes to publish a collection one day. Also, Iyanna just launched their website: helloiyanna.com.




Ciarra McAllen is a Junior at Chatham University and is double majoring in Business and Visual Arts. After she graduates she plans on getting a certificate in teaching. This is her second year being the Art Editor for the Minor Bird. Her artwork, “Suspension”, was previously published in the Minor Bird and she has displayed her work at Calmac Studios in Bloomfield. She is currently creating her own sci-fi graphic novel.



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