Who is The Rambling? Sarah Tindal Kareem and Crystal B. Lake currently run The Rambling. We’re both “long eighteenth centuryists,” although we’re both quite short in real life. Marguerite Happe, Tony Wei Ling, and Samantha Morse are The Rambling’s indefatigable social media and editorial managers. Czarina Divinagracia designed The Rambling’s original website in 2018. Junior Bustamante currently serves as our website designer.
Marguerite is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at UCLA. Her research and teaching interests include the long eighteenth century in England, book history, and archives. She has recently published a bibliographic catalogue of early editions of Henry Fielding and has a book review forthcoming in Eighteenth-Century Fiction. She spends her days cultivating an already-overdeveloped affection for Henry Fielding as well as rambling around the Clark Library (where she works in the reading room) and Bookbid Books (where she works as a rare book cataloguing assistant).
Tony is a PhD student in the Department of English at UCLA. They study contemporary literature, comics, and new media, and are the co-editor of Nat. Brut‘s fiction section. Find their non-academic work here, or find them on Twitter @tonyweiling.
Samantha is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at UCLA specializing in long (very long) nineteenth-century British literature in the Gothic mode. Samantha has published in The Journal of Victorian Culture, Studies in the Novel, and has a forthcoming article in Cultural Critique. Topics she studies range from democratic sociability in early Victorian “penny bloods,” to laws of consent at the Victorian fin de siècle, and the overlap of Gothic and punk aesthetics. When she’s not reading, writing, or teaching, Samantha is a vigorous rambler and competes in Ironman triathlon and endurance running.
Czarina is a graphic designer and illustrator based in Washington, D.C. She has published illustrations and graphics for the technology company Morning Consult.
Junior is a web designer/developer based in Los Angeles, CA. He builds websites by day, but can be found running, hiking, and karaoke-singing by night.
We are grateful for the support provided by the Dean’s Discretionary Fund from UCLA College’s Division of the Humanities.
Why is The Rambling? Sarah and Crystal love the long eighteenth century, but they also love rambling far afield from their academic, um, fields. We started The Rambling in order to give writers a wide space in which they could feel free to ramble, too, and hopefully meet new fellow ramblers along the way. We’ve written more about what “rambling” means to us and why we started The Rambling here.
What does The Rambling publish? We will consider publishing anything: poems, short stories, parodies, lists of all types, reviews, visual experiments, digital projects, you name it, and – of course – essays.
We are especially looking for short essays of around 500-1,500 words in length, although we are happy to consider longer pieces. We are most interested in publishing work that’s more experimental, public-facing, personal, polemical, or peripatetic than the kind published in traditional or peer-reviewed venues.
Naturally, we really like essays that ramble to, from, through, nearby, or even around the eighteenth century, which we think of as sprawling: long, deep, and wide. But because we think of the eighteenth century as sprawling, we’re happy to consider pitches for work that may not necessarily be about the eighteenth century as well as pitches for work that evokes the eighteenth century as a state of mind or as a style rather than as an historical time period.
In short: you can pitch us anything, and we’ll give it a friendly read.
How do I pitch The Rambling? Email us or fill out this short form. Feel free to send along fully developed pitches, completed works, or just a few sentences expressing an idea for our consideration. We’ll try to get back to you within a week or so, but if you don’t hear from us, please feel free to reach out again in case your pitch somehow got lost along the way.
Where is The Rambling? It skiphops between Los Angeles, CA and Dayton, OH. The Rambling also gallivants on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. If you find it roaming somewhere else, definitely let us know.
When is The Rambling? Right now, The Rambling plans to release issues quarterly, starting July 2018. But if we have enough submissions and interest, we may release material more frequently in the near future, and if we loiter a little longer than planned, we’ll also adjust course accordingly.