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 twenty-five 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), Social Justice (IV), Indiana (V), A Little More Common Decency (VI), Lonesome No More (VII),  Slaughterhouse-Five (VIII), and Civic Engagement (IX).

“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 KVML staff and volunteers and a space for veterans, students, and the greats to practice their art, to make their souls grow.


  • Lewis Black
  • Nancy Boutilier
  • Billy Collins
  • Chris Crowe
  • Laura Da’
  • Marilyn Dumont
  • Dave Eggers
  • Martin Espada
  • Nikki Giovanni
  • David Hernandez
  • JL Kato
  • Deborah Keenan
  • Galway Kinnell
  • Etheridge Knight
  • Norbert Krapf
  • Jim Lehrer
  • Lance Miccio
  • Tim O’Brien
  • Carolyn Olson
  • Marge Piercy
  • Peter Sagal
  • Vijay Seshadri
  • Gary Soto
  • James Alexander Thom
  • Brian Turner
  • Mark Vonnegut
  • Nanette Vonnegut
  • Shari Wagner
  • Jacqueline Woodson
  • Kao Kalia Yang

To learn more about our 2020 journal and its contributors, click here.

The submission period for our tenth annual edition opens January 1, 2021.
The theme is Our Good Earth: Vonnegut and the Environment.
Deadline to submit is March 1, 2021.

For more information on how to submit, CLICK HERE.