Submissions for the Spring 2014 Print issue are now open!

Submissions for the Spring 2014 Print issue are now open! View our Submissions page for guidelines.

View The Vehicle’s New Media Page

Click here to view The Vehicle’s new media page!

Join us for THE POETRY SLAM!

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The Vehicle wants YOU!



Summer 2013 Issue is live!

Read The Vehicle’s summer 2013 issue here!

Submissions for the Summer 2013 Online Issue are now open!

Click here for submission guidelines and to submit.

Vehicle Poetry Slam Spring 2013

Watch the contestants from the Vehicle Poetry Slam held during Celebration Weekend at EIU, Spring 2013, here!

The Vehicle Poetry Slam!


NaPoMo 2013!

The Vehicle and students from EIU are celebrating National Poetry Month! Visit NaPoMo 2013 to watch videos of students reading their favorite poems.


EIU students and faculty who are interested in sending us a video, contact the editors at

Slam Dunks: March Madness, Vehicle-style

Tonight was The Vehicle‘s Spring 2012 launch party, and we rang in the new issue with a bang–or should I say–a SLAM.  We hosted a poetry slam at Charleston, IL’s local coffee shop, Jackson Avenue Coffee (known lovingly by Charleston residents as The JAC).  We had a great turnout, both in the audience and in performers.  A total of 8 poets brought their A-game to the stage and gave our five random judges from the audience a difficult task in picking a winner.  In the end, we crowned Joshua Magee, from LakeLand College as this year’s winner.  In second place, Eastern’s own Danny Delaney; and Bruce Goble, a community poet, took home the third place prize.

We’d like to thank the following people for their help in making tonight an absolute success:  in no particular order, Roxane Gay, Lania Knight, Chris Hanlon, Dana Ringuette, Linda Coleman, and David Raybin–you all have provided us with the emotional, intellectual, and monetary support that made this event possible.  We applaud Dano Reible for making it his business to be a supporter of the arts, and for allowing The Vehicle to jump on his bandwagon to let the creativity in Coles County blossom. He generously allowed us use of his coffee shop for a venue tonight, provided us with free reign of his equipment, and donated $30 in gift cards for door prizes. He rocks (and so does his coffee).

For those who missed tonight’s merriment–or just want to relive the fun–here are some videos of the performances of tonight’s winners:

Joshua Magee–First Place Winner
Part OnePart Two

Danny Delaney–Second Place Winner

Bruce Goble–Third Place Winner