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The Columbia College Chicago Department of English and Creative Writing is thrilled to introduce our new literary magazine, Allium, A Journal of Poetry & Prose.

Allium, A Journal of Poetry & Prose will replace our three genre-specific journals, Columbia Poetry Review (poetry), Hair Trigger (fiction), and Punctuate (non-fiction), creating a multi-genre print and online publication.


Most links within this website will connect to Allium’s website where the complete archives for Hair Trigger has been preserved.

Hair Trigger 43
Winter 2020-21

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In thoughtful conversations with writers, Hair Trigger invites you to read the diverse exchanges with writers in the fiction, nonfiction, and poetry genres.

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Book Reviews

It all begins with a good book. Hair Trigger production editors contribute their talents reviewing books of all genres—eager to share the best of what is engaging and memorable.



We feature photographers from within and beyond the college community. Photographers submit in response to a certain theme or are solicited for their particular portfolios.

Explore the Archives

Hair Trigger‘s past print issues, including its online issues can all be found on Allium, A Journal of Poetry & Prose‘s website.

Cover image by Donna Baiocchi

Cover image by Donna Baiocchi


The name Hair Trigger was chosen to reflect the moment of creative impulse in writing: the all-at-once action of imaginative seeing and telling in one’s own voice, while shaping the story movement, in progress.

This active process of storytelling in-creation is the centerpiece of the Story Workshop methodology, an approach to teaching creative writing originated by the late John Schultz, Master Teacher at Columbia College Chicago and creator of the Hair Trigger literary journal.

Hair Trigger has always been about inclusion—representing the range and diversity of student voices, and showcasing content that exemplifies the College’s mission for students to author the culture of their time.

Hair Trigger devotes three of its four online issues to work produced by Columbia students in the Creative Writing program, Photography program, and the Illustration and Design program, and one issue to solicited and unsolicited work in poetry, flash fiction, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art.