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Lighted Corners Literary Magazine

Launched in 1981, Lighted Corners is an annual literary and arts magazine that publishes poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, fine art, and photography created by students of Mount St. Mary’s University. Lighted Corners holds memberships with the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, the Associated Collegiate Press, and the Society for Collegiate Journalists. Mount St. Mary’s University enrolls 1,889 undergraduate students.

Lighted Corners 2024

Lighted Corners 2024

  • Editor in Chief
    Claire Doll
  • Design Editor
    Emma Edwards
  • Assistant Design Editor
    Anna Dang
  • Fiction Editors
    Erin Daly & Ashley Walczyk
  • Assistant Fiction Editors
    Hannah Perry & Sophi Toth-Fejel
  • Creative Nonfiction Editors
    Gabe Vilches & Hailey Fulmer
  • Assistant Creative Nonfiction Editors
    Amaya Bowman & Christopher Derocher
  • Poetry Editors
    Margaret Stine & Kayleen Dominguez
  • Assistant Poetry Editor
    Tamara Olobo
  • Art Editor
    Robert Prender
  • Assistant Art Editor
    Dolores Hans
  • Public Relations Manager
    Kayla Jones
  • Faculty Adviser
    Tom Bligh, Ph.D.

Staff

  • Joshua Aybar
  • Rachel Hoerner
  • Sarah King
  • Tess Koerner
  • Kayla Lijewski
  • Vernoica Marchak
  • Maureen Pham
  • Clover Satchell
  • Jenna Scalia
  • Gavin Schisler
  • Kelechi Udom

Contributors

  • Jane Allman
  • Joshua Aybar
  • Amaya Bowman
  • Kayla Canfield
  • Annabelle Colton
  • Erin Daly
  • Anna Dang
  • Caliann Dietz
  • Claire Doll
  • Alexandra Eastman
  • Emma Edwards
  • Hailey Fulmer
  • Dolores Hans
  • Abigail Jarrett
  • Kayla Jones
  • Sarah King
  • Tess Koerner
  • Savannah Laux
  • Kaitlynn Lowman
  • Robert Prender
  • Aubrey Preske
  • Kiara Ramirez
  • Krissy Roots
  • Kevin Ryan
  • Trinity Sandacz
  • Jenna Scalia
  • Sasha Shandrenko
  • Margaret Stine
  • Rayelle Weir

Lighted Corners 2023

Lighted Corners 2023

  • Editor-in-Chief
    Claire Doll
  • Design Editor
    Emma Edwards
  • Design Editor
    Ashley Walczyk
  • Fiction Editor
    Erin Daly
  • Assistant Fiction Editor
    Hannah Perry
  • Assistant Fiction Editor
    Devin Owen
  • Creative Nonfiction Editor
    Gabe Vilches
  • Assistant Creative Nonfiction Editor
    Jenna Scalia
  • Poetry Editor
    Alyssa Pierangeli
  • Poetry Editor
    Margaret Stine
  • Assistant Poetry Editor
    Kayleen Dominguez
  • Art Editor
    Anna Martinelli
  • Assistant Art Editor
    Ana Purchiaroni
  • Public Relations Manager
    Kayla Jones
  • Faculty Adviser
    Tom Bligh, Ph.D.

Staff

  • Therese Boegel
  • Amaya Bowman
  • McKayla Collins
  • Hailey Fulmer
  • Kaitlyn Gaskins
  • Rachel Hoerner
  • Cyre Hooper
  • Sarah King
  • Tess Koerner
  • Kayla Lijewski
  • Sarah Miller
  • Maureen Pham
  • Eileen Rosewater
  • Kelechi Udom
  • Nina Wilkinson

Contributors

  • Jane Allman
  • Joshua Aybar
  • Eden Blottenberger
  • Amaya Brown
  • Annabelle Colton
  • Erin Daly
  • Claire Doll
  • Kayleen Dominguez
  • Emma Edwards
  • Eleanor Fisher
  • Frances Fisher
  • Dolores Hans
  • Helen Hochschild
  • Sarah Johnson
  • Kayla Jones
  • Tess Koerner
  • Joanna Kreke
  • Kayla Lijewski
  • Jaden McNeal-Villafana
  • Claire Moberly
  • Hannah Perry
  • Robert Prender
  • Ana Purchiaroni
  • Janelle Ramroop
  • Eileen Rosewater
  • Jenna Scalia
  • Margaret Stine
  • Morgan Sturgill
  • Angela Vodola
  • Ashley Walczyk
  • Christopher Woodburn

Lighted Corners 2022

Lighted Corners 2022

  • Editor-in-Chief
    Emmy Jansen
  • Assistant Editor
    Claire Doll
  • Design Editor
    Victoria Tyler
  • Art Editors
    Janelle Ramroop & Brett Snow
  • Poetry Editors
    Kayla Cooper & Margaret Stine
  • Assistant Poetry Editor
    Abigail Jarrett
  • Senior Fiction Editor
    Betsy Busch
  • Fiction Editor
    Erin Daly
  • Assistant Fiction Editors
    Annabelle Colton & Elena Murphy
  • Creative Nonfiction Editor
    Maria Stollenwerk
  • Assistant Creative Nonfiction Editors
    Jenna Scalia & Gabe Vilches
  • Submission Manager
    Sydney Kelly
  • Public Relations Managers
    Erin Duncan & Kayla Jones
  • Faculty Advisor
    Tom Bligh

Staff

  • Rebekah Balick
  • Tess Boegel
  • Austin Bradley
  • Paul Fagnano
  • Hailey Fulmer
  • Katie Gaskins
  • Madison Hall
  • Rachel Hoerner
  • Cyre Hooper
  • Matthew Jenkins
  • Joanna Kreke
  • Alyssa Pierangeli
  • Maureen Pham
  • Marcello Saunders
  • Malcom Stidham
  • Angelica Tyler

Contributors

  • Rebekah Balick
  • Frances Fisher
  • Mary Lawler
  • Aubrey Preske
  • Eileen Rosewater
  • Joanna Kreke
  • Megan Ulmer
  • Lexi Zambito
  • Emmy Jansen
  • Kayla Cooper
  • Ashari Cain
  • Angela Vodola
  • Matthew Jenkins
  • Claire Doll
  • Alyssa Pierangeli
  • Margaret Stine
  • Sarah Johnson
  • Erin Daly
  • Paige Moseley
  • Tess Boegel
  • Rachel Hoerner

Awards

Columbia Scholastic Press Association

Columbia Scholastic Press Association is an international student press association, founded in 1925, whose goal is to unite student journalists and faculty advisers at colleges through educational conferences, idea exchanges, textbooks, critiques, and award programs.

  • Gold Crown Award, 2022
  • Gold Medalist 2021, 2020, 2019, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2008
  • Silver Crown Award 2021, 2014
  • Silver Medalist 2018, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009
  • Gold Circle Award 2020 to Tess Boegel, 2015 to Shannon Gilmore

Sigma Tau Delta

Nine students on the staff of Lighted Corners are members of Sigma Tau Delta, Alpha Phi Iota chapter, as is the magazine’s adviser and the nine-member Department of English faculty. Sigma Tau Delta is the International English Honor Society, with over 900 active chapters located in the United States and abroad.

Delta Epsilon Sigma

Our contributors have earned recognition in Delta Epsilon Sigma National Scholastic Honor Society’s undergraduate writing competition. Delta Epsilon Sigma is a national scholastic honor society established in 1939 for students of Catholic universities and colleges in the United States.

  • Claire Doll, 2022, First Place in Short Fiction for “Of Summer and Salt Tears”
  • Claire Doll, 2022, First Place in Short Fiction for “Swimming Lessons”
  • Claire Doll, 2022, First Place in Poetry for “This Life”
  • Claire Moberly, 2022, Second Place in Poetry for “Snallygaster”

The Spring 2019 edition of Lighted Corners placed first in the nation for Literary Magazine Overall Excellence in a competition held by the Society for Collegiate Journalists.

plain china: the Best Undergraduate Writing

  • “The Dawn” by Tess Boegel
  • “Swimming Lessons” & “Sitting Under Starry Skies” by Claire Doll
  • “Los Pensamientos de la Llorana” by Alyssa Pierangeli
  • “Staring at my Bookshelf” by Angela Vodola
  • “The Austrian Alps,” a poem by Ian Schirra
  • “A Shadowy Figure,” fiction by Eileen Rosewater

The William Heath Award

The William Heath Award is an honor earned by the student who demonstrates outstanding achievement in creative writing.

For more than twenty-five years, Dr. William Heath taught American literature and creative writing at Mount St. Mary’s University. In 2007 he retired as a Professor Emeritus. His courses inspired much of the poetry and fiction that appeared in Lighted Corners since its inception in 1981. As advisor to Lighted Corners, he helped the magazine grow.

William Heath has published four poetry books: The Walking Man, Steel Valley Elegy, Going Places, and Alms for Oblivion; three chapbooks: Night Moves in Ohio, Leaving Seville, and Inventing the Americas; three novels: The Children Bob Moses Led (winner of the Hackney Award), Devil Dancer, and Blacksnake's Path; a work of history, William Wells and the Struggle for the Old Northwest (winner of two Spur Awards and the Oliver Hazard Perry Award); and a collection of interviews, Conversations with Robert Stone.

Visit Dr. Heath's website for additional information. >

Recipients

  • 2023 - Claire Doll
  • 2022 - Betsy Busch
  • 2021 - Alba Sarria
  • 2020 - Breanna DeSimone and Cara Gose
  • 2019 - Katherine Brittingham
  • 2018 - Trevor J. Fulmer and Maggie McCormick
  • 2017 - Joseph Theis
  • 2016 - Samantha Solis
  • 2015 - Kaitlyn M. Bryans
  • 2014 - Bernadette Olivia Gorman
  • 2013 - Melissa Caffrey
  • 2012 - Karolina Gajdeczka
  • 2011 - Erica Szalkowski
  • 2010 - Chelsea Baranoski
  • 2009 - Caitlin Finnerty
  • 2008 - Annie Hilliard
  • 2007 - Emily J. Catron

Policy Statement

At the end of the fall semester, students from across the university submit works that reflect diverse perspectives and themes. After removing the names of contributors, the Lighted Corners staff reviews submissions. The editors make final selections and design the layout for the magazine by striving to create a union between word, image, and theme.