Diamonds in the Rough – A Literary Magazine

University of Duisburg-Essen

Department of Anglophone Studies

Diamonds in the Rough is a joint effort at the University of Duisburg-Essen between students and their faculty advisor, Dr. Melissa Knox-Raab. The magazine will appear regularly and feature essays, narrative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and the occasional recipe.

Our Summer 2021 issue provides pragmatic solutions. Advice about how to write your first song in the key of C Major, insights into sexism in politics, the advantages and disadvantages of unusual upbringings, reasons to listen to music, what menstruation means to the uterus, a wonderful recipe revealed by a less than wonderful relative, and an invitation to enjoy Anglophone Studies and Philosophy are among our topics. We offer thrills, too, in the form of an action-packed suspense story. Poetry and stunning art round out this issue.

Our Winter, 2021 issue explores the paradox of home, in pandemic times a refuge as well as a prison. Feeling at home with oneself, one’s body, one’s culture, one’s ethnicity—or feeling like an outcast—is the common thread binding these essays together.

The idea behind our name is rooted in our location: industrial work as well as mine work represent the Ruhr area (Ruhrgebiet), where the University of Duisburg-Essen is located. Hence, Diamonds in the Rough is a suitable name for this project: our authors are like rough diamonds that shine through their writing. Our name is a homage to the Ruhrgebiet and the diminishing coal industry which has made space for new productive forms, such as art, literature, and theater. 

We are proud to present our first issue here. Our second issue spotlights topics of great concern to us all, namely sexual harassment and the “Me, Too” movement as well as harmful varieties of religious experience. A course on American Women and Cults produced a number of thoughtful essays on the ways in which religious ideas can be misunderstood. Two of these essays are included here. 

Finally, I’m offering another easy-peasy set of recipes . . . this time, for getting published in English-language literary journals. At least 4,000 online (and some print) sources are looking for good writers.

Our first issue of 2020 explores the personal as well as the political. Covering urban sketching, the perfect Döner, poetry, writing as a help toward making life choices, and magical worlds, our authors (and painters) also respond to the world of COVID-19, the Black Lives Matter movement, the uncanny magnetism of America’s leader, and the costs of taking any side in politics.

Starting with the 2o2o issue, the magazine offers a Pandemic Journal. All are invited to contribute for as long as we’re coping with COVID.

If you are interested in submitting to this literary magazine and/or would like to obtain more information on the project, please feel free to contact us.