ZPlatt was the annual literary journal of SUNY Plattsburgh. For forty-four years, ZPlatt has published the work of current PSUC students. The journal is named after Zephaniah Platt: a politician, lawyer, and the founder of Plattsburgh, New York.
However , upon learning our namesake for the magazine was named after a slave owner, the ZPlatt staff decided to re brand its publication entirely. After running a contest that invited the SUNY Plattsburgh to contribute a new name, the Zplatt staff decided to change its name to North Star.
During the U.S. Civil War of the 1860s, escaped slaves fled northward as they traveled at night. Often their only guide was Polaris, the North Star, which they found by tracing the handle of the Big Dipper constellation, or Drinking Gourd. We decided the name was fitting so that we could take a stand against anyone relating to slave owning.
North Star includes fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, art and multimedia content. While the print magazine is still beautiful, we are happy to also provide an online version. The magazine is produced by SUNY Plattsburgh students from start to finish during the spring semester each year. Thanks to the SUNY Plattsburgh Student Association and to College Auxiliary Services for continuing to fund the magazine’s production.
For more information, contact the SUNY Plattsburgh English Department.