The goal of The Mirror & the Lamp is to document the lives and experiences of those involved with the English Department here at Western Illinois University. Our creative non-fiction writing style highlights the individuality of our authors, setting The Mirror and the Lamp apart from the strictly journalistic style of Western’s student run newspaper, the Western Courierand the focus on creative works in Western’s literary magazine, Elements. See our WIU webpage: The Mirror and the Lamp


Current Staff:

Executive Managing Editor: Courtney Bender (ce-bender@wiu.edu)

Managing Editor: n/a

Graduate Editor: n/a

Graduate Editor: n/a

Undergraduate Editor:


Past Staff:


Executive Managing Editor: Emily-Bryce Swain (eb-swain@wiu.edu)

Managing Editor:

Graduate Editor:

Graduate Editor:

Undergraduate Editors: Courtney Bender, Janay Conley, Brittney Douglas, Aubrey Foust, Matt Thrush, Tess Tyler


Executive Managing Editor: Rebecca Gonner

Managing Editor: Emily Bryce Swain

Graduate Editor: Kate Kellner

Graduate Editor: Jon Naskrent

Undergraduate Editor: Janay Conley


Managing Editor: Rebecca Gonner

Layout Editor: Chelsea Brotherton

Graduate Editor: Kate Kellner

Undergraduate Editor: Jared Worely

Undergraduate Editor: Justin Kim

Undergraduate Editor: Molly Hall


Managing Editor: Rebecca Gonner

Graduate Editor: Abigail Tichler

Graduate Editor: Chelsea Brotherton

Undergraduate Editor: Kim Ackers

Quad Cities Editor: Kasi DeFrieze


Managing Editor: Brittany Petrillo

Graduate Editor: Abigail Tichler

Undergraduate Editor: Abbie McKinney

Undergraduate Editor: Heather Thrapp

Quad Cities Editor: Leann Weiss