According to Wikipedia, samizdat was a key form of dissident activity across the Soviet bloc in which individuals reproduced censored publications by hand and passed the documents from reader to reader, thus building a foundation for the successful resistance of the 1980s. This grassroots practice to evade officially-imposed censorship was fraught with danger as harsh punishments were meted out to people caught possessing or copying censored materials.

Censorship still exists, of course, but now an arguably far more insidious problem plagues many up-and-coming writers: apathy. Simply stated, it is difficult to find an audience who can make the time anymore to read anything of substance. It’s understandable; after all, there are so many other pleasures and distractions vying for our time and yet there are still only twenty-four hours in a day.

Samizdat Literary Journal exists as an online platform for publishing original poetry and fiction, a community of like-minded artists and readers who are still interested in passing documents from reader to reader.


Jeff Von Ward
Managing Editor
Samizdat Literary Journal