Founded in 1991, Catalyst is McKendree University’s student literary and art magazine. We publish the best poetry, stories, nonfiction, and artwork from undergraduate students attending the Lebanon, IL, campus. Catalyst was created as a way to showcase the creativity of our student body and to give students a peer-edited magazine and website to share their work. Every spring a new edition of Catalyst is published and authors have the opportunity to read their submissions for our community during the university’s Academic Excellence Day Celebration. Students can also read their work and interview with the editorial staff on our podcast series, giving insight into what goes into their creative process and what inspires them.
The 2023 edition of Catalyst was edited by Alivia Garcia, Lilibeth Castillo, Scarlett Catanzaro, and Hannah White.