History of Hippocampus Magazine

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Founder Donna Talarico first dreamed of Hippocampus Magazine while she was working on her MFA in creative writing at Wilkes University. More specifically, this brainstorm happened during a morning residency publishing class led by Phil Brady (Etruscan Press) and Chris Busa (Provincetown Arts). She bought the domain name in 2009 but sat on it for years. (She figured she should focus on her thesis first. That, and a little bit of procrastination.)

In late 2010, the idea gained new traction. Then, during an ‘alumni crashing’ at the January 2011 Wilkes creative writing residency, Donna caught up with her mentor, Becky Bradway. Over a few winter lagers and some meaningful conversation, Becky provided a seal of approval and warm encouragement. A few weeks later, the idea was introduced to the world with a call for submissions for the May 2011 debut issue.

Donna’s vision was to create not just a literary magazine filled with fresh memoir excerpts and memorable essays, but also to develop a venue to educate and inform those interested in reading and writing creative nonfiction. Adding craft articles, book reviews and interviews would add value to Hippocampus Magazine. A mix of timely and timelessness.

Hippocampus Magazine Timeline & Milestones

We’ve also been honored to have been featured in/on a variety of newspapers, magazines, and podcasts throughout the years, some of them which celebrate the milestones listed here. Learn more on our In the Media Page.

The Story Behind Our Name, Hippocampus Magazine

The hippocampus is what makes enjoying great memoir possible because, without it, memories would not exist. The hippocampus is the part of the brain where long-term memories are formed. What a more fitting name for an online magazine committed to drawing on personal memories! When we introduced our annual conference for creative nonfiction writers, we chose a name that played off our title and gave a nod to summer camp.

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