Timothy E.G. Bartel is a husband, writer, and educator from Whittier, CA. He currently resides in Edinburgh with his wife, while he pursues a postgraduate degree in poetry and theology at the University of St Andrews. Timothy's work has recently appeared in The Other Journal, Christianity and Literature, and the St. Katherine Review.
"My Son Says What If Jesus Were Playing Basketball"
Cindy Beebe lives in Collierville, TN, a suburb of Memphis, with her husband, their two teen-aged sons, and a couple of slacker house cats. She sings in her church choir, home-schools her children, and ministers to the community as a member of Continuum Arts: Engaging Culture With Culture Through Acts of Creative Excellence. Her work has appeared in The Southern Review, Image, The Cincinnati Review, RATTLE, The National Poetry Review, The Atlanta Review, The Evansville Review, Radix, and APJ, among others. She also has poems in previous issues of Relief. Feel free to contact her.
|John J. Brugaletta
"Everything Is Otherwise"
John J. Brugaletta is Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at California State University, Fullerton. He was editor and publisher of South Coast Poetry Journal during its ten-year history, and contributing editor of The Lamp-Post. He is the author of two volumes of poetry, The Tongue Angles and Tilling the Land, and is co-author of Discovering the Way of Wisdom: Spirituality in the Wisdom Literature. He lives in Northern California with his wife Claudia, where he makes tables, clocks and poems.
“After Reading from Genesis I Consider Angels"
“The Place After Words”
“Meditation on a Man’s Figure”
Sara Burant's poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Comstock Review, and Ruminate Magazine, among others. Her first chapbook, Verge, has just been accepted for publication by Finishing Line Press. She lives in Eugene, Oregon with her husband, a ball-crazy dog, elderly cat and small flock of chickens. This summer she was fortunate enough to be present at the birth of her first grandchild.
Scott Cairns, Professor of English at University of Missouri, is director of MU Writing Workshops in Greece: Thessaloniki/Thasos, bringing graduate and undergraduate students to Greece every June for engagement with literary life in modern Greece. His poems and essays have appeared in Poetry, Image, Paris Review, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, etc., and have been anthologized in multiple editions of Best American Spiritual Writing. His most recent books are Compass of Affection (poetry), Short Trip to the Edge (memoir), Love’s Immensity (translations), and a book-length essay, The End of Suffering. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2006.
Maryann Corbett's book Breath Control is due out in 2012 from David Robert Books. Her chapbooks are Dissonance and Gardening in a Time of War. She has been a winner of the Willis Barnstone Translation Prize and a finalist for the Morton Marr prize and the Best of the Net anthology. Her poems, essays, and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in many journals in print and online and in the anthologies Hot Sonnets, The Able Muse Anthology, and Imago Dei: Poems from Christianity and Literature. She lives in St. Paul and works for the Minnesota Legislature.
"Flickering Green, Flickering Bronze"
"Omniscience in Babel"
Lynn Domina is the author of two collections of poetry, Framed in Silence and Corporal Works. She is also the editor of a collection of essays, Poets on the Psalms. Her recent poetry appears or is forthcoming in The Gettysburg Review, The New England Review, The Southern Review, Christianity & Literature, and several other periodicals. She currently lives with her family in the western Catskill region of New York.
"Visions of Vladimir"
"Words written during the suffering and subsequent death of John Paul II"
Michael Martin lives on a small, organic farm between Detroit and Ann Arbor with his wife and eight children. He teaches English at Marygrove College in Detroit. His work has appeared in many different journals, most recently in Tiferet and Prose Studies. This is his third appearance in Relief.
"Crossing the Dead"
Marsha Mathews’ Sunglow & A Touch of Nottingham Lace has won this year’s Red Berry Editions Chapbook Award. In 2010, her first book of poems, Northbound Single-Lane, was published by Finishing Line Press.
Magazines that have published Mathews’ work include Apalachee Review, Appalachian Heritage, Fourth River, Greensboro Review, Hampden-Sydney, Inkwell Journal, Melusine, and Pembroke. Her poems appear in these anthologies, Child of My Child (Gelles-Cole Literary Enterprises, 2010) and Touching: Poems of Love, Longing, and Desire (Fearless Books, 2011).
Mathews teaches writing at Dalton State College, in Dalton, Georgia, where she advises the campus literary magazine, Tributaries.
|Julie L. Moore
Julie L. Moore is the author of Slipping Out of Bloom (WordTech Editions) and Election Day (Finishing Line Press). In addition, her manuscript, Scandal of Particularity, was a finalist for the 2011 FutureCycle Press Poetry Book Prize and a semi-finalist for the 2011 Perugia Press Prize. A two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and winner of the Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize from Ruminate, Moore has also had her poetry published in Alaska Quarterly Review, American Poetry Journal, Atlanta Review, CALYX, Cimarron Review, The Missouri Review Online, The Southern Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review, and Verse Daily. You can learn more about her work at www.julielmoore.com.
"After Saying Goodbye"
"The Closet in the Skeleton"
"Dinah Morris Digresses in Her Evening Sermon on the Green"
Paul J. Willis is a professor of English at Westmont College and the current poet laureate of Santa Barbara, CA. His most recent books of poetry are Rosing from the Dead (WordFarm, 2009) and Visiting Home (Pecan Grove Press, 2008). He is also the author of Bright Shoots of Everlastingness: Essays on Faith and the American Wild (WordFarm, 2005) and the four-part eco-fantasy novel The Alpine Tales (WordFarm, 2010). He spends a little too much of his time creating obscure trails through the poison oak canyons of his campus.
The Relief staff is churning out the next issue as quickly as possible, so we’ve got some great announcements coming at you this week starting with the cover (right) and presales.
The cover was created by artist Sandra Bowden, and we’ve got an interview with her below, but first…
Presales are now available!
As of right now, you can pre-order Relief Issue 5.2 for $11.47—25% less than retail. This offer is only available for the next few weeks we wrap up the production of the issue. Don’t miss this opportunity to save a few bucks and receive 5.2 immediately after the journal has been printed. To pre-order, just click the Add to Cart button below.
An Interview with Sandra Bowden
Relief: Tell us a little about “Crossing” the painting featured on our cover for issue 5.2.
Sandra: The official description reads:
This small encaustic contrasts the vibrant textured red “X” or “cross” that strides across the face of the painting to the glow of the gilded surface.
I did it originally for my granddaughter’s eighteenth birthday. I wanted to create a cross that had dynamic movement, boldness, yet was subtle at the same time. The texture of the work demands attention, and the contrast of the red against the gold surface of the background adds dimension.
Relief: Much of your art has an obviously Christian bent to it. How would you describe the relationship between your faith and your artistic practice?
Sandra: The relationship between my faith and my art has always been intertwined. The works that I have created and the series of works that have emerged are a visual record of my intellectual and spiritual journey over the last 50 years. I follow the work, let it ask the questions, and then I search for the next piece as an answer to the questions and possibilities that the previous one has prompted, both artistically and spiritually.
Relief: What gets you excited about art and/or “Christian” art today?
Sandra: Here is something that i just wrote for Transpositions, a blog in England:
In 1980, I promised God that if it did not have to do with faith and art, then I would not do it. That decision has given me great freedom to be involved in Christians in the Visual Arts and the Museum of Biblical Art, along with continuing to be a practicing artist and a serious collector of religious art. All of these efforts are aimed at helping the church reclaim the arts. For over 20 years CIVA has offered an array of traveling exhibits of historical and contemporary art to churches, colleges, and seminaries, and as a result several hundred church related galleries have come into existence during that time. Mobia has mounted some of the most significant religious art exhibitions in the United States, receiving remarkable reviews. Our personal collection continues to grow and is loaned out to institutions as a way to engage people in the visual arts. Each of these efforts offers experiences and opportunities to expand understanding and appreciation of the arts. These are only a few of the many organizations, websites, blogs, symposiums and conferences that have sprung up to explore new ways of engaging the arts in the community of faith. There is a movement that is reviving the visual arts in the life of the church and it is very exciting.
Now Accepting Graphic Narratives, Images, and Interviews!
Issue 5.1 has shipped, and the submission period for issue 5.2 opened May 1. New work is already flowing in, meaning our editors are starting to think about all the work they have to do again.
This issue we’re excited to try out some new content, so we’re announcing here that Relief will now accept graphic narratives and images for consideration. This is an experiment, so we won’t run anything if we don’t find work that meets our standards, but we’re optimistic that through this site and word-of-mouth (that means you) we can find some great stuff.
This will make Relief, as far as we know, the only place you’ll be able to find graphic narrative of a Christian/spiritual bent. There are others doing images, but we think there are plenty more great artists out there whose work needs a home.
We will also be accepting queries for author interviews. Guidelines for this new content can be found on our Submissions page.
Thank You Christopher Fisher
Over the years, Relief has been stewarded by some amazing people, all of whom have served our literary vision as volunteer staff. This journal is a labor of love, and few have given their hearts as Christopher Fisher has, first as a Relief author (and Pushcart nominee), then as our Fiction Editor (there was dancing and woohoo-ing when he accepted the position), and finally as Relief‘s Editor-in-Chief. Whether as an author or editor, he has been an asset to this journal, so it is with sadness that I must announce his resignation.
In this next season of life, Christopher will be focusing his considerable talent on building his editing consultation business and returning to his own long-neglected creative writing. As much as we hate to see him go, we must admit that the world needs his writing, and we’re grateful for the chances we’ve had to publish his work. His final issue (at least as Relief staff, though hopefully not as a Relief author) will soon be shipping, so make sure you’ve ordered your copy!
A New Role for Brad Fruhauff
With the position of Editor-in-Chief open, ccPublishing’s Board of Directors was quick at work to find a replacement, since we will begin accepting submissions for issue 5.2 in just a few weeks. After careful deliberation, Brad Fruhauff, Relief‘s Poetry Editor, will be stepping in as interim Editor-in-Chief. Brad will continue his hard work as Poetry Editor, but he has agreed to take on the extra responsibilities until a permanent replacement has been found.