“If you want to really hurt you parents, and you don't have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts. I'm not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possible can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.” - Kurt Vonnegut



The Watermark is a student operated and student funded organization, which has survived at UMass Boston under several names since 1979. It was published annually until 2010, where journal paused for a brief hiatus.  In 2013 the Watermark was reborn and has been published semi-annually ever since. 

We celebrate the best creative work done by UMass Boston students, faculty, staff and alumni. The Watermark welcomes students from all disciplines to volunteer their time and efforts in the publication, editing, and design process.  We nurture emerging writers, artists, and aspiring publishers as they make their way through the UMass Boston curriculum.

This publication is both run and fueled by students invested in the artist community.  By celebrating this creative process, The Watermark strives to give the UMass Boston community a chance to showcase their artistic merit and/or invest in the publication behind-the-scenes.  We hope our contributors are not limited to the Liberal Arts variety, but open our doors to all members of the university's community with something meaningful to share on the page.

Submissions of poetry, prose, screenplay excerpts, play acts,  visual art, and creative nonfiction may be sent to thewatermarkjournal@gmail.com for consideration.  Visual artists may be inquired about having their submissions included on the journal's cover.