Incoming: Last Sneak Peak!

Coming in hot with our FINAL sneak peek before the publication of the journal this evening at 5:00 PM! This excerpt is from a breathtaking poem in this year’s collection, written by Aya Labanieh. Fun fact: this isn’t Aya’s only poem in this volume. Be sure to buy a copy to read more from Aya and our seventeen other talented authors!

Sneak Peak #3

As promised, here’s another sneak peek of this year’s work! The Lamp, Volume X will be published tomorrow night at 5:00 PM, so mark your calendars. Our penultimate excerpt is from Wesley Viebahn, an MA student in English and Comparative Literature at Colombia University. Did you know that we include a biographical paragraph about each author and editor at the end of the journal? Be sure to buy a copy tomorrow evening to learn more about all of our talented contributors!

Volume X Countdown Continues!

Hello, one and all! We are back at it again with our countdown to the publication of Volume 10. We are counting down with sneak peeks of the amazing pieces being published in the journal this year. Check out this excerpt from an incredible poem by Shamika Shabnam:

Volume X Publication!

All of us at The Lamp are very excited to announce that Volume 10 will be published this coming Friday, October 9th! We cannot wait for you to see what our hardworking editors and talented authors have created together. To give you a taste of what’s to come, every day this week until Friday we will be posting excerpts from different pieces in the journal. Check out today’s excerpt from Carmel Mikol’s fantastic short story, “East or West”:


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Another Editor Feature!

What better way to celebrate the beginning of another month with the Lamp than with a “Friday Feature”?! This week’s featured editor is currently writing her MA thesis in quarantine… not many people can say they’ve done that! Introducing super-star (and editor), Dani MacDonald:

Dani is a Master’s student in English at Queen’s University completing her thesis on parenthetical phrases in A.A. Milne’s A Table Near the Band. A writer by trade, Dani has worked in communications, publishing, and content creation for a number of not-for-profits and private businesses. When she is not feverishly clacking away at her keyboard, you can find her replaying Donkey Kong 64 for the umpteenth time or adding to her ever-growing globe collection.


Happy Friday!

HAPPY FRIDAY, EVERYONE! This week, we are happy to introduce the longest-running member of our editorial board. She has been working on The Lamp for four years, with this (sadly) being her last year with both the journal and Queen’s graduate studies. Allow me to introduce the dedicated, bold, and all-around-brilliant Nevena:

Nevena Martinović is a PhD candidate in the English Department. She studies long eighteenth-century theatre and the representations of aging actresses. In her “spare time” she dabbles in plays, poetry and puns


Editor of the Week!

Are the weeks beginning to blur together for anyone else during this time of quarantine and self-isolation?! If you’re bored at home, you can always indulge in some creative writing by purchasing a copy of The Lamp at our website:! More than anything, we hope you are all staying safe and healthy at home.

The writing of our featured editor this week can be found in last year’s volume of The Lamp. You can find her writing in one of the chapter introductions, but I’ll leave it up to you to figure out which one (hint hint, nudge nudge)! That being said, we are happy to introduce the oh-so-talented Kaitlyn Reid, who encouragingly reminds us that reading, is in fact, sexy:

Kaitlyn Reid is a PhD candidate whose primary research focusses on performance, politics, and audience affect in the theatre of the early modern period. She received a specialized honours BA, and a Master’s degree in English literature from York University. If academia doesn’t work out, Kaitlyn plans to make use of the various medical credentials she has earned over the years due to the amount of ER and Grey’s Anatomy she has consumed. When she’s not reading plays, or writing smutty romance novels, Kaitlyn can be found performing full-length broadway musicals…in her 2013 Kia Rio.


Another Editor :)

On behalf of our entire editorial board at The Lamp, we hope you are all staying healthy and safe during these uncertain times surrounding COVID-19. Our team continues to work remotely (and diligently) on this journal for our September publication! This week’s feature is our talented and fun-loving editor, Rachel Fernandes:

Rachel Fernandes is a PhD student in the English Department at Queen’s University. Her research is focused on contemporary North American fiction about the mixed race experience. When she isn’t writing or reading, she is usually in the kitchen, trying out new recipes under the watchful eye of her dog, Abby.

Rachel Fern