English Department Re-launches Illuminations Literary Magazine

The Department of English at the College of Charleston has released a new edition of Illuminations: An International Magazine of Contemporary Writing.

Issue 30 of Illuminations Magazine.

Issue 30 of Illuminations Magazine.

The release of issue 30 marks a second re-launch of this internationally known literary magazine under the editorship of English Professor Simon Lewis, who previously edited the magazine from 1997 to 2011.

The new issue features cover art by Illuminations’ founder-editor Peter McMillan, who teaches art, writing, poetry and translation at Kyorin University in Tokyo, Japan.

Since its first appearance in Columbia, S.C., in 1982, Illuminations has been edited from Japan, England, and Tanzania, before returning to South Carolina under Lewis’s editorship in 1996.

Among its highest-profile writers Illuminations has published the work of three Literature Nobelists (Seamus Heaney, Joseph Brodsky and Nadine Gordimer) and two Peace Prize-winners (Desmond Tutu and climate-scientist Chris Magadza). The magazine has run special issues on writing from South Africa, Vietnam, Cuba, Haiti, Zimbabwe, and Greece, and has featured prominent photographers and artists, such as Simon Norfolk and David Hockney, as well as interviews with poets and writers such as Athol Fugard and Tim O’Brien.


Simon Lewis

The current issue continues the magazine’s long-standing policy of publishing new and up-and-coming writers alongside more established ones. It includes writers from America, Bulgaria, England, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, and Zimbabwe as well as interviews with poets Tom Paulin, Michael Hamburger, and J. Chester Johnson.

Individual copies of the magazine are available for $8.50 by contacting editor Simon Lewis, Department of English, College of Charleston, 66 George Street, Charleston, SC 29424-0001 or by phone at 843.953.4972.

For more information, visit the Illuminations website at http://illuminations.cofc.edu/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/illuminationsmag.