San Francisco Quarterly 1964-1981

San Francisco Quarterly (SFQ) officially returned in 1964 by carrying out many of the radical aims of its short-lived predecessor. Reflecting the political activism of the 1960s and 1970s, the magazine supported the Civil Rights movement, the anti-Vietnam war campaign, and women’s liberation. It centered student voices, while challenging USF as an institution in many ways.

Like Gaviota, SFQ continued to offer experimental content such as music compositions, comics free-verse poetry, and graphic illustrations. As it published defenses of atheism and free love, it gave tributes to leaders such as Ho Chi Minh and argued fervently against the Vietnam War draft.

Perhaps to meet its financial challenges, the magazine changed its medium to traditional newsprint in 1968. A special Spring 1971 edition of the magazine devoted itself entirely to circulating works not composed in the English language; according to its Editor-in-Chief, the multilingual publication was “not as ethnocentric as other issues.” The last documented publication of SFQ circulated in May 1981, after which the USF literary magazine disappeared for a few years likely due to lack of funding and declining student interest in publishing.