About Us

BeanSwitch is the University of Tennessee at Martin’s literary and arts magazine. BeanSwitch is published biannually, in print during the spring and online during the fall.

BeanSwitch has existed in one form or another since 1961, when the first issue was published under the name Prolegomenon. The name was changed in 1968 to Vista. Then, shortly after that, the name was changed again to Windmills. Windmills existed from 1972 – 1983 as the official publication of the Omega Theta Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English society. In 1984 the name was changed to BeanSwitch. The name is taken from a rural road not too far from us here in Martin. In 2004 we became a member of the Office of Student Publications, and in 2006 we began publishing our fall issues online. In fall 2011 we adopted James Bean as our official mascot, thanks to the fall 2011 executive staff, Chris Gunlefinger and Sarah Grace Jaggars.

Our goal today is the same as it has always been: to present the very best original creative writing and art from the students, staff and faculty of UTM, and the surrounding community. Please take a look around; we’re confident you’ll find something you like.

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