Harpur Palate was started in 2001 by graduate students in Creative Writing at Binghamton University. The magazine is published twice yearly, and includes poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Historically a print magazine, HP made the decision to go fully digital after issue 20.2 (published spring 2021).

Aesthetically, Harpur Palate is constantly changing with the staff of graduate students who give their time to running the mag; however, we have long been interested in pieces that are visceral, weird, and forward-looking. The magazine runs three contests per year, one in each genre, for which the prize is $500 and publication in the next issue for the winner.

The first of two newer initiatives of the magazine is our interviews page, where HP editors interview both visiting Distinguished Writers from the Binghamton Center for Writers as well as past contributors who have gone on to publish books. We are lucky to have interviews with Ada Limón, Jericho Brown, Nick Flynn and more on our Interviews page. A second new initiative is the HP Archiving Project. Editors, interns, and library staff are all collaborating to create a free, open-access archive of all print back issues, with a projected completion date of May 2024.