The BU Literary Society was founded as BU Students for Literary Awareness in the fall of 1997, under the leadership of Jennifer Herron. The group's original members meant to publish a magazine called The View from a Window; however, campus plans often being well-laid and then lost, the first issue of their new organ was released in spring 1998, under a more enigmatic title: a single question mark.
Since 1999, that publication has been called Clarion, and been published under the aegis of a right red rooster.
In 2008, the editors decided to expand their purview beyond the campus, opening submissions to all writers. The magazine is now published annually, featuring poetry, prose, drama, and interviews with literary figures of interest Since the summer of 2011, Clarion has been published by The Pen & Anvil Press, in collaboration with the executive board of the BU Literary Society.