Loyola University Chicago

Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs

Division of Student Development

Kaleidoscope Journal

A Journal for Womxn of Color by Womxn of Color


LUCES is pleased to introduce Kaleidoscope, the third annual publication of a literature and arts journal for Womxn of Color by Womxn of Color. Our 3rd publication is an inter-generational collaborative effort open to all self-identified womxn of color. This includes cis-sexual, cis-gender, transgender, and masculine of center (MOC) womxn of color regardless of gender presentation or sexual orientation.

Kaleidoscope Journal Goals & Outcomes:

  • Provides a space for intentional sharing outside of the classroom and traditional community building arenas
  • Encourages submissions from Undergraduates and Graduate Students, Alumni, Faculty, and Staff
  • Includes articles, essays, poetry, art, and photography

2018 Submissions: 

Naming Your Truth: An Exploration of the Self and Community. LUCES is pleased to introduce Kaleidoscope, the fourth annual publication of a literature and arts journal for women of color by women of color. Click here for submission and guidelines.For questions related to submissions to the 2018 Journal, please contact Kimani Goheen or Tristen Hall.

2017 Cover Spotlight: 

We are happy to provide a free digital copy of the 2017 Kaleidoscope Journal (see right for link) to members and allies of the LUCES community. We are especially proud to spotlight our cover artist, Kavya Tiwari, for giving this journal a face and powerful visual to draw energy and meaning from. 

2017 K Journal Cover

2017 Theme: 

This past year's theme- "Authentic Survival" states: Just as a kaleidoscope in the midst of rotating reflects and refracts light, Authentic Survival too is our attempt to honor the colorful ways in which Womxn of Color reflect upon their hxtories in efforts to move forward, in efforts to self-preserve, and in efforts to subvert. Against politics that consistently ask Womxn of Color to pivot their own centers for assumed centers, Kaleidoscope is an attempt to provide space for the rich hxtories, cultures, biographies, and voices of Womxn of Color.

Language as Political: 

As Kaleidoscope strives to create inclusive spaces through language, space, and intersectional practices, we have made the decision to use “womxn” and “hxtory”. By avoiding the “-men” or “-man” suffixes in womxn and hxtory, we aim to achieve independence from patriarchal, heteronormative, and cisgender linguistic norms. We specifically chose “womxn” instead of womyn due to the latter’s roots in transphobia. Womxn is meant to be an inclusive, progressive term that not only sheds light on the prejudice, discrimination, and institutional barriers womxn have faced, but to also show that womxn are not the extension of men but their own free and separate entities.  We chose “womxn” with an “x” because not only is it less transphobic and less racist, but because the “x” can represent a diversity of narratives. Whether you identify as a womxn-born-womxn, trans-womxn, or a Womxn of Color, the ambiguity of the “x” stands for the many different identities, struggles, and movements womxn have been a part of and have overcome. Overall, our hope is to use “womxn” as a more inclusive term. Additionally, we value that the “x” is formed by creating two lines intersecting together, which is a visual representation of intersectionality. Let this be an invitation to members of LUCES to engage or continue engaging in more critical dialogue around commitment to justice and inclusivity in all forms of action.