literature • art • faith

Illuminate is an online journal exploring literature, visual art, and faith. We publish fiction, nonfiction, poetry, book reviews, and art.

“The art that matters to us, which moves the heart, or revives the soul, or delights the senses, or offers courage for living, however we choose to describe the experience, that work is received by us as a gift is received.”

~ Lewis Hyde, The Gift

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On a prairie patchwork blanket of earth Life was interrupted at the crossroads One life, and the many, fused together and apart In an instant and then forever.   Ice had moved them there Pushing their dreams Until they glided down that highway Towards their...

Tree of Life

Tree of Life

Truro, Nova Scotia, 1976    Ribbons of sunlight fell across the tree limb on which Carol sat. She was winding strands of her golden hair around a leaf stem and reading the best book ever—Where the Wild Things Are. When she got to the part of the story where Max was...

Jacob’s Ladder

Jacob’s Ladder

  Brother Jacob tell me your dreams The one where you saw; he who redeems Us from this dust; we call the earth That same soil where your kindred give birth   To many more dreamers like me and my pen Who point to the stone where he lay and just then Proclaim...

Calling Your Name

Calling Your Name

Your hard work is over And the payment is made Find me in the desert Where the highway is laid   In the wild you’ll hear me Calling your name The mountains and valleys Will all be the same   You bent and you broke Like a blade of grass But I promised forever...



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The Living Years by Peter Boven

There was a concert I attended way back in the day.

The band performed many songs, and my friends and I enjoyed them all. But, being so long ago, my memory of that night pretty much stops there. Many evenings in our lives are destined to be recalled like this, I suppose. Maybe most evenings. If you ask me the details of any of the innumerable evenings in my life so far, I will most likely have to answer in generalities. An evening with friends? —we ate pizza and watched the Toronto Maple Leafs play hockey. An evening with family? —we ate dinner and watched “The Walking Dead” or played cards. An evening alone? —I read a book. Did we genuinely enjoy those evenings?  —Yes. But we have lost the details. They live in no one’s memory.


A Message From Our Editor

Illuminate Journal’s mission is to create a platform for writers to showcase their work, build a thriving community for writers, and to bridge the gap between writers, artists, and the church.

The Illuminate team is excited to publish your best literary and artistic work. We’re interested in what compels you to write, whether that be about the writing life, mountain climbing, dance, photography, sports, under-water sea diving, travel, artistic passions, history, photography… as well as stories of faith and living in purpose.

If you enjoy the content published, we urge you to leave a positive review, contact our authors and artists, follow them on social media, and spread the word. If you’d like to get involved— please contact us!

Kiernan Antares


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