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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, tutors in the Academic Skills Program, and their faculty advisor, Dr. Melissa Knox-Raab. The magazine will appear regularly and feature essays, narrative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and the occasional recipe. We are proud to present the first issue, which can be found here.

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. 

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.