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WORD is a FREE quarterly magazine offering a signature variety of reporting and commentary on popular culture, politics, and the arts, along with fiction, poetry, humor, and cartoons, all through the lens of Isla Vistans. The magazine is available in print on the UCSB Campus, or at various Isla Vista hangout spots and eateries. We also publish each quarter’s full issue here.

Our Mission

WORD Magazine was created in the fall of 2007 as a way to redefine what it meant to be a college student living in Isla Vista. By choosing to highlight the numerous cultural and innovative aspects of student life rather than perpetuating the negative party school stereotype, WORD was able to draw attention to a different side of this vibrant community.

With guidance from illustrator/designer and former WORD staffer Sadie Solomon, and IV Arts Director Anna Jensen, students learn the ins and outs of magazine publication. Due to being a student-driven publication, each story, photograph, and illustration was created by someone who knows and loves Isla Vista in a way that only a local can.

Today, WORD‘s mission remains the same as when it first started:

  • Provide an inclusive and supportive environment for budding writers and artists to learn and grow

  • Showcase Isla Vista and UCSB students in new ways that emphasize originality, creativity, and community

  • Make people proud to call Isla Vista their home

Latest Issue

ISSUE 52: Spring 2024

May we all make horrible mistakes and learn only great things from them.

Sam ArrowEditor-in-Chief, 2015-2016

Past Issues

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Issue 49

Join Us

WORD Magazine is committed to attracting all students who have an interest in journalism, creative writing, art, photography, illustration, business, or design.

No experience is necessary.

WORD acts as both a Registered Student Organization in partnership with UCSB Office of Student Life, as well as a class offered by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center (INT 185ST) that can be taken for 4 units.

To be part of the next issue, contact us!