Like all great stories of art and of artists, Luna Negra came from humble beginnings. The magazine was born in 1956 under the title of The Kent Quarterly. The publication ran for fourteen volumes, ending in 1969. Soon after, the magazine resumed publication as The New Kent Quarterly and ran for 18 volumes. In 1992, The New Kent Quarterly underwent its most recent transformation and emerged as the publication we now call Luna Negra.

Luna Negra has passed from department to department, from editor to editor, and from title to title, but at its core, it has always been a platform for Kent State’s creative community. It represents the spiral of a creative student body that will never stop fighting to be heard.

Luna Negra’s strength comes from its dynamic past. Every issue captures the image of a different, unique shared experience among a new batch of squirrel-loving, winter-dreading students. From its cover to its content to its size, no issue of this publication has ever been the same. And it never will.

We can’t promise you that The Kent Quarterly has outgrown its awkward teen years and found a permanent home as the bold and confident Luna Negra, but we can promise that whatever form this publication takes, it will always be a vessel for Kent State’s creative energy.

Infini, Sandrine Nugue / CNAP