Lumen is Coming Out of Hibernation!

...just in time for winter. 

BY ROSEMARY DONAHUE AND YESENIA PADILLA

ROSEMARY: So, you may have noticed, it’s been pretty quiet on the Lumen blog for some time now. That has not been due to lack of wonderful submissions on your part, we can assure you (seriously, thanks for continuing to send us your work). We’re a small team over here, and we’ve been going through a few transitions of our own.

I recently moved across the country and have been doing a little of that freelance hustle while looking for a full-time gig. Sidenote-slash-shameless promotion, if you know of anything in editing in NYC send it my way! I’ve also been diving deep into some serious self care, because being a human with feelings and a body is hard. I’m starting to work on sorting out some of my lifelong issues with depression and body image, and I think a huge part of that process is letting go of the shame and stigma surrounding those topics. If anyone wants to talk, I’m here. Another part of that process has been taking some time for myself while I’m NOT working, and mostly cuddling up with my dogs and watching a lot of television. Another side note: if anyone wants to talk about The Walking Dead or Master Chef Junior, get at me.

Now, I’m gonna hand it over to Yesenia so she can tell y’all what she’s been up to, and then we’ll circle back and talk about WHAT’S NEXT (!!!) for Lumen!


For those of you who stuck with us, good lookin’ out, you’re the reason why we are back, the reason why we do what we do. For those of you just tuning in, welcome!


YESENIA: Hey Lumies! Like Rosemary said, we’ve both been going through a some personal changes, which caused a *very* temporary shift in priorities while we got sorted.  I had some good changes — I started a new job, moved in with my partner, and got to work on some of my personal creative projects -—and some not-so-good changes (tough family matters, my depression rearing its ugly head). For those of you who stuck with us, good lookin’ out, you’re the reason why we are back, the reason why we do what we do. For those of you just tuning in, welcome! We’re super excited you’ve decided to join us, and we can’t wait to show you what we’ve got in store!

Rosemary, why don’t you tell the people all about that good good Lumen’s got on deck?

ROSEMARY: We are slowly coming out of hibernation (to make more room for the bears!) and we can’t wait to get started. Among other things, we are going to start publishing blogs again, and that’s where you come in. Send us your personal essays, your lists, your recipes, your open letters, your Google search histories, your Twitter drafts...anything, really. Submit here! We are also starting a newsletter soon, so be on the lookout for that.

As far as the lit mag goes, the deadline for Issue 03 of Lumen is December 15, so submit! your! work! As always, we are looking for so many things, and sometimes we are looking for things we don’t even know exist yet. You tell US what we’re looking for. We can’t wait to read it. In the meantime, check out past issues (01 & 02) for inspiration. 

YESENIA: Thank you for reading, thank you for sharing, and thank you for flipping the switch.