Illuminations 37 has just been published and contributors should receive their copies in early June 2022. Featuring an arrestingly beautiful detail of a quilt by Torreah "Cookie" Washington (https://www.cookiesewsquilts.com/about), the issue contains the usual eclectic range of outstanding poetry, with poems and prose from all over the US and around the world. There are translations from the Dutch and Spanish, and a lengthy interview with South African poet (and former guest-editor of Illuminations issue 32), Kobus Moolman (https://sala.org.za/2010-2/kobus-moolman/).
Illuminations is now accepting poetry, short fiction, and non-fiction submissions for Issue 38, to be published in June 2023. The new issue is an entirely open one. If you are interested in submitting your work, please find our guidelines here. The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2023. We will be taking the month of June off, but will resume reading of submissions from July 2022 on.
For those of you wishing to know more about the kind of poetry Illuminations has published over the last 40 years, there may be some interest in checking out the Illuminations Facebook page where in the COVID-summer of 2020 I completed a set of readings of the magazine's "Greatest Hits" from 1982 till now. The set of recordings should be an interesting analog to the digital repository now available through EBSCO. (https://www.facebook.com/illuminationsmag?ref_type=bookmark)
Also in addition to the print issues of the magazine, Illuminations is maintaining its blog-site that currently features work that addresses the theme of race in the United States begun in issue 31. This series, including poems by Martin Espada, Afaa Michael Weaver, and Safiya Sinclair, was kicked off by a powerful essay by Brenda Marie Osbey, entitled "Fallen at Charleston" (http://blogs.cofc.edu/illuminations/2016/10/05/fallen-at-charleston/). If you would like to contribute to this series of electronically-published material, please contact the editor, Simon Lewis, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Illuminations made its first appearance in Columbia, South Carolina in 1982 under the editorship of Peter McMillan. The issue featured poems by Seamus Heaney, Stephen Spender, and newcomer Sam Boone. Subsequently edited from England, Japan, and Tanzania, the magazine returned to South Carolina in 1996. Over these many years Illuminations has remained consistently true to its mission to publish new writers alongside some of the world’s finest, including Nadine Gordimer, James Merrill, Carol Ann Duffy, Dennis Brutus, Allen Tate, interviews with Tim O’Brien, and letters from Flannery O’Connor and Ezra Pound. A number of new poets whose early work appeared in Illuminations have gone on to win prizes and accolades, and we at Illuminations sincerely value the chance to promote the work of emerging writers.