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About Us

Finding Inspiration in Every Turn

Our Story

On a dark and cold stormy night, eight years ago, the Massbay Literary Magazine was born. A dark and unholy creation of words and Microsoft Word, it quickly overtook the school, ushering in a new dark age of literary prowess, photographical nonsense, and tragic poems galore. The dark wizards behind this curse are Professor Walsh of the English department and two students Diego Rocha and Joshua Klein, who first began work in early 2016. Since then the magazine has produced a number of issues added to its collection. Every spring semester it falls to the advanced writing class to create and distribute the magazine, and they never fail to astound. The magazine is the winner of multiple awards, detailed below, and has given hundreds of authors, photographers and artists a place to share their work with their community. You can view all previous issues on this website, as well as through the gallery on the front page, and through our showcase section, where some of the award winning pieces are shown off. 

If you would like to contribute you're encouraged to submit your work here at You do not have to be a member of the college, and we accept almost anything. Photography, short stories, line drawings or paintings, you name it, we probably accept it. 

Meet The Team


We are proud to share that lumière, MassBay Community College literary magazine, has been honored with prestigious awards and recognitions, underscoring our commitment to excellence in the realm of literary arts since its inception in 2016. It is a privilege to showcase the exceptional work of our peers and to be recognized for our collective efforts in fostering a vibrant literary culture.


In 2018, lumière secured second place and in 2019 placed third in the Community College Humanities Association 2019 National Literary Magazine Competition (CCHA) for small colleges in the Eastern Division. In 2023, MassBay students earned first place in the categories of short fiction and song lyrics.


lumière, has been awarded the prestigious rank of Superior from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) in their 2023 Recognizing Excellence in Arts and Literary Magazines (REALM) contest.

The REALM program publicly recognizes excellent literary magazines produced by students with the support of their teachers and professors. REALM is designed to encourage all schools to develop literary magazines that celebrate the art and craft of writing. Schools in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, Canada, and American schools abroad are eligible to submit their magazines for entry.


Award Winners:


Short Story CCHA 3rd Place, Eastern Division

“You And I” by Jackie N


Photography CCHA 3rd place, Eastern Division
"Winter Sunset" by Nicole Caruso


Poem CCHA 3rd place, Eastern Division
"Wound Care" by Jameson Gillihan



Short Story CCHA 1st place, Eastern Division

"The Bridge" by Ness Epshteyn

Lyrics CCHA 1st place, Eastern Division

"Revolution Princess" by Isabela

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