So It Goes is a unique literary journal — designed to bring together work from veterans and civilians, established authors and virtual unknowns, high school students and nonagenarians. It’s a journal that has been, in a way, unstuck in time.


True to Vonnegut’s ethos of kindness, common decency, and free-expression as well as his passion for social justice, environmentalism, and peace, So It Goes is a literary journal with a conscience. Over fifty percent of each issue’s contents come from veteran artists and authors. And each issue revolves around a theme, such as War and Peace (I), Humor (II), Creativity (III), and Social Justice (IV).

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“Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow.”

- Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. in a letter to Ms. Lockwood’s class at Xavier High School

So It Goes is a labor of love from Vonnegut Library staff and volunteers, a space for veterans, students, and the greats to practice their art, to make their souls grow.


  • Tim O’Brien
  • Marge Piercy
  • Lewis Black
  • Etheridge Knight
  • Dave Eggers
  • Nannette Vonnegut

The submission period for our fifth annual edition is CLOSED. Thank you for your submissions!