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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 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.