Vol. 5 No. 2

Self-discovery, self-analysis and the search for a true self all infuse the Summer, 2023 issue of Diamonds in the Rough. Our essays explore the urge to collect things, a longing to figure out the motives of a younger self, and the pitfalls writers face in approaching life writing. Short stories re-create a doomed evening in a club,  a break-up and a moment in the lives of the one percent. A book review praises Jennette McCurdy’s tell-all memoir, I’m Glad My Mom Died, and poems from students as well as a Ukrainian lawyer express a myriad of emotions. We’re fortunate to share a number of images and photos as well.

Essays and Short Stories

A Flock of Seabirds Or I Am Human, Therefore I Collect (by Tina Wolf)

Stoked, a Short Story (by Paula Ingerfeld)

To the Younger Me (by Katja Kramer)

Tea Stains (by Katja Kramer)

One for the Vine – Writing the Story of Your Life (by Christian Krumm)

Jennette McCurdy’s “I’m Glad My Mom Died” Is a Masterpiece (by Ronja Iding)

The One Per Cent (Flash Fiction) (by Melissa Knox-Raab)

Poems, Art, Photography

Poetry by Vyacheslav Konoval

Sun Eater / Grandmother (by Corinna Schroll)

Melodies of Bygone Memories (by Christina Brauer)

Poems by Julia Giesen

Photography by Julia Giesen

Photography by Wiktoria Lewinska

Editor: Melissa Knox-Raab
Read more of her writing here: https://melissaknox.com

Web Design: Corinna Schroll

Editorial board: Christina Brauer, Ronja Iding, Katja Kramer, Corinna Schroll, Tina Wolf, Zohra Hassan-Pieper.