Rushlight, the Wheaton College (Norton, Massachusetts) literary and visual arts journal, was founded in 1855 by Lucy Larcom (1824-1893), an important 19th-century writer and educator. After working in the cotton textile mills in Lowell, Massachusetts, she taught from 1854-1862 at what was then known as Wheaton Female Seminary. Larcom's poems were widely published and anthologized during her lifetime. Harriet Beecher Stowe once referred to Larcom as "American's Elizabeth Barrett Browning." Larcom's memoir of her early life and work as a "mill girl," A New England Girlhood, is considered to be a classic study of early American childhood. When Larcom named The Rushlight, she proposed as a brief motto this couplet: "A Rushlight flickering and small, is better than no light at all." For the first few years of its existence, Rushlight served as both a newspaper and literary magazine.

Recent Submissions

  • Rushlight: 1858: Vol. 4, No. 1. 

    Paine, S.C.; Wiliams, E. M. (Wheaton Female Seminary (Norton, Mass.), 1858-11-23)
  • Rushlight: 1858: Vol. 3, No. 3. 

    Paine, S.G.; E.A. Hazen (Wheaton Female Seminary (Norton, Mass.), 1858-07-14)
  • Rushlight: 1902: Vol. 47, No. 1. 

    Thorndike, Leola; Swanson, Grace (Wheaton Female Seminary (Norton, Mass.), 1902-06)
  • Rushlight: 1858: Vol. 3, No. 2. 

    Matthews, M.; Barstow, E. (Wheaton Female Seminary (Norton, Mass.), 1858-03-17)
  • Rushlight: 1857: Vol. 3, No. 1. 

    Williams, E.; Sanford, S. (Wheaton Female Seminary (Norton, Mass.), 1857-11-24)
  • Rushlight: 1856: Vol. 2, No.1 

    Jones, Louise C. (Wheaton Female Seminary (Norton, Mass.), 1856-11)
  • Rushlight: 1857: Vol. 2, No. 2 

    Williams, E.; Sanford, S. (Wheaton Female Seminary (Norton, Mass.), 1857-03-18)
  • Rushlight: 1856: Vol. 1, No. 4. 

    Jones, Louise C. (Wheaton Female Seminary (Norton, Mass.), 1856-07)
  • Rushlight: 1856: Vol. I, No. 3. 

    Perry, S. W.; Mathewson, A. (Wheaton Female Seminary (Norton, Mass.), 1856-03-12)
  • Rushlight: 1856: Vol. 1, No. 4 (print) 

    Jones, Louise C. (Wheaton Female Seminary (Norton, Mass.), 1856-07-16)
  • Rushlight: 2009 Spring 

    Kappes, Gabrielle Anastasia, 1986-; Thomas, Emily Armstrong Ayer, 1987-; Green, Samantha; Malarkey, Annie-Laurie. (Wheaton College (Norton, Mass.), 2009)
  • Rushlight: 2008 Spring. 

    Standing, Sue.; Thomas, Emily Armstrong Ayer, 1987-; Kappes, Gabrielle Anastasia, 1986-; Lorello, Matthew Thomas, 1986-; Peterson, Kurt. (Wheaton College (Norton, Mass.), 2008)
  • Rushlight: 2008 Fall. 

    Thomas, Emily Armstrong Ayer, 1987-; Kappes, Gabrielle Anastasia, 1986-; McDonnell, Caitlin, Patricia, 1987-; Solomon, Ruby Tuesday, 1987- (Wheaton College (Norton, Mass.), 2008)
  • Rushlight: 2007 Fall. 

    Standing, Sue.; Thomas, Emily Armstrong Ayer, 1987-; Lorello, Matthew Thomas, 1986- (Wheaton College (Norton, Mass.), 2007)
  • Rushlight: 2006 Fall. 

    Standing, Sue.; Thomas, Emily Ayer, 1987-; Kappes, Gabrielle Anastasia, 1986-; Selesnick, Kristin Aileen Ford, 1985-; Nagai, Yuka. (Wheaton College (Norton, Mass.), 2006)
  • Rushlight: 2005 Fall. 

    Standing, Sue.; Watson, Amber Elizabeth Gailitis, 1983-; Barnes, Alec Ailsa, 1984-; Belz, Anne Eleanor, 1983-; Benson, Lisa Robin Shure, 1984- (Wheaton College (Norton, Mass.), 2005)
  • Rushlight: 2014 Spring. 

    Standing, Sue.; Dominello, Andrew John, 1991-; Mercurio, Emily Rosello.; Sands, Jennifer Hyde, 1991-; van den Heever, Alexandra Marie, 1992- (Wheaton College (Norton, Mass.)., 2014)
    Wheaton College (Norton, Mass) student literary magazine.
  • Rushlight: 1855: Vol. 1, No. 1. 

    Jones, Louise C.; Ballou, Isabel E. (Wheaton Female Seminary (Norton, Mass.), 1855-07-11)
    The Wheaton Female Seminary (Norton, Mass.) student literary magazine.
  • Rushlight: 2007 Spring. 

    Standing, Sue.; Thomas, Emily Armstrong Ayer, 1987-; Kappes, Gabrielle Anastasia, 1986-; Selesnick, Kristin Aileen Ford, 1985-; Langely, Heather. (Wheaton College (Norton, Mass.), 2007)