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Authors For Relief Issue 3.2!



Kohleun Seo Adamson Kohleun Seo Adamson


Creative Nonfiction

Kohleun Seo Adamson drinks too much coffee—a habit honed while studying philosophy and gender studies at George Fox University in Oregon. In 2008 Kohleun received a peace studies fellowship to write the stories of Arab women in poetry and prose. This project took her to Jordan, Israel, and the West Bank, offering a new perspective on hope and forgiveness. Between work and trying to finish grad school writing samples, Kohleun reviews books for Barclay Press and Christian Feminism Today. In the future, she hopes to teach undergraduates, and open an organization to aid women from circumstances of violence.

RebeccaAndem Rebecca Andem

Inside the Lines


Rebecca Andem completed her MFA with the Stonecoast Progam at the University of Southern Maine in 2007. She lives in China, where she teaches English at Guangdong Peizheng College in the beautiful countryside outside Guangzhou. She is currently working on her third novel.

DerrickAustin Derrick Austin

Christ and the Three Fig Trees

Eve's Death

French Lesson

Imagine Flesh Before Knowledge

The First Night

Editor's Choice for Poetry

Derrick Austin is an undergraduate English/Writing major at the University of Tampa. He is Editor-in-Chief of Quilt (, the undergraduate literary magazine, and Commentary Editor for The Minaret (, the student newspaper. He's volunteered at Tampa Review and has work forthcoming in The Sigma Tau Delta Review. He loves Lady Gaga, R&B music, and So You Think You Can Dance.

C. N. Bean



In addition to having published several novels,including A Soul to Take, C. N. Bean has published short stories, poetry and screenplays. His feature-film screenplay, Santo de Cristos, was a recent semifinalist in the prestigious Blue Cat Screenplay Competition. His screenplay, The Beginning of the End, received an honorable mention at the 2009 Canada International Film Festival. He serves on the English faculty of Virginia Tech.

Cindy Beebe



Three Parts Water


Cindy Beebe lives happily with her husband and two teenage sons in Collierville, a suburb of Memphis, Tennessee. She works part-time, cleaning and organizing the household of a friend and fellow poet, when she is not otherwise occupied in homeschooling her boys--an activity accomplished by the skin of her teeth, most days. A few things she loves--Cormac McCarthy's books, camping in the mountains, and the Dave Matthews Band. Her poems have appeared in The Southern Review, The Atlanta Review, The Evansville Review, The National Poetry Review, The American Poetry Journal, and Rock &Sling, among others.

HeatherCadenhead Heather Cadenhead


Bone Collection


Heather Cadenhead's work has been featured in Illuminations, Arbor Vitae, The Ampersand Review, Boston Literary Magazine, and other publications. She recently won the Editor's Prize for an upcoming issue of New Plains Review. Heather lives in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, with her husband, Tyson, and their dog, Arthur. She is the senior editor of The Basilica Review.

MichaelDeanClark Michael Dean Clark

Synoptic Gospels

Creative Nonfiction

Michael Dean Clark is an author of fiction and nonfiction who can’t decide which he likes better – lying about the truth or telling truthful lies. His fiction most recently appeared in Relief. Currently, he is finishing a Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and shopping his first novel while writing his second.

Maryann-Corbett Maryann Corbett


Translating Sabaoth

Psalm for the Last Night of the State Fair


Maryann Corbett is the author of two chapbooks, Dissonance (forthcoming from Scienter Press) and Gardening in a Time of War (Pudding House, 2007). She is co-winner of the 2009 Willis Barnstone Translation Prize, and her poems, essays, and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in River Styx, Atlanta Review, The Evansville Review, Measure, The Dark Horse, Umbrella, Mezzo Cammin, and many other journals in print and online.

Jason Hubbard Derr

Live Nude Girls


Jason Hubbard Derr is a theologian, author and independent scholar living in Vancouver, BC with his lovely new bride. Jason is a contributor to, has been invited to submit to an academic journal and will soon see his MA thesis published. He has most of a BA in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University and and all of a MA in Theology from the Vancouver School of Theology.

NeilDyer Neil Dyer

Imagine Lazarus

There is Blood


Neil Dyer is a Christian by calling and a veterinarian by training. Born and raised in the upper Midwest, he is married with three children and three grandchildren. He is a committed reader and writer, and enjoys bicycling, birdwatching and a good cup of coffee.


Naphtali Leyland Fields


Editor's Choice for Fiction

Naphtali Leyland Fields is from Kodiak Island, Alaska. A commercial salmon fisherman, she is majoring in Bilingual Theater. This is her first publication.

SusanFish Susan Fish

That Sign


Susan Fish is a writer, editor, wife, and mother of three school aged children who lives in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.Her first novel Seeker of Stars was published in 2005, while her second is still looking for a home. She is always intrigued by the signs people choose to erect on their garages, fields, or lawns, and once had both a pesticide sign and a Green party sign on her front lawn at the same time. Fortunately, she saw the irony in the situation.

C. J. Giroux

Sex and Sister James


A lifelong resident of Michigan, CJ Giroux is inspired by the peninsulas that surround him. He is an instructor of English at Saginaw Valley State University.

InezHolger Inez Holger


Editor's Choice for Creative Nonfiction

Inez Holger is a writer in search of a genre. While tutoring English students in Jacksonville, Florida, she continues to work on a novel about a young girl and her autistic brother, along with a workbook for Christians suffering from depression. She has worked as a writer for a newspaper, and as a contributing editor for a local sports magazine.

DavidHolper David Holper


Ditching the Tour


David Holper has worked as taxi driver, fisherman, dishwasher, bus driver, soldier, house painter, bike mechanic, bike courier, and teacher. With all that useful experience and a couple of degrees, he has published a book of poetry called 64 Questions (March Street Press), as well numerous other poems in literary journals including Relief. He lives in Eureka, California, which is far enough from the madness of civilization that he can get some writing done. Another thing that helps is that his three children continually ask him to make up stories, and he is learning the art of doing that well for them.

BrentHouse Brent House


Psalm Of Oscillation


Brent House grew up in Necaise, Mississippi, where he raised cattle and watermelons on the family farm. His poetry has appeared in Colorado Review, Cream City Review, Denver Quarterly,Third Coast, and elsewhere. His chapbook, The Saw Year Prophecies, is forthcoming from Slash Pine Press. He received his M.F.A. from Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, where he served as an assistant editor for Arts & Letters. He is a contributing editor for The Tusculum Review. Brent House lives in Cedartown, Georgia with his wife Renae Applegate House and daughter Elizabeth Cady House.

RyanJessup Ryan Jessup

More Than The Sea More Than The Light

I Am Amazed



Ryan Jessup is a native and lifelong resident of North Carolina. His poetry has appeared in The Penwood Review, Time of Singing, Ancient Paths, and others. He is a member of The Academy of American Poets and is listed in the Directory of Writers at Poets& Currently, he is the Research Director for the FOX Television affiliate, WGHP. He and his wife, Maria, live in Winston-Salem. Visit for more info.

Ashley Makar

Bodies of Water


Ashley Makar is a writer, an associate editor of Killing the Buddha, an online literary magazine of religion writing, and a graduate student in Yale Divinity School’s Religion and the Arts program.  You can read about her latter-day baptism, her adventures in Israel and her fascination with James Agee’s heretical punctuation, among other curiosities, at

JeromeLMcElroy Jerome L. McElroy

Cana of Galilee


Mystic Alchemy


Jerome L. McElroy is Professor of Economics at Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana. His research specialty is the development problems of small tropical islands and sustainable tourism development. He has published over 100 poems in small literary journals as well as three chapbooks by Finishing Line Press: Secret Seams (2007), Sacred Traces (2008), and Sparks of Eden (2009).

Scott McWaters

Postmodern Prophet

The Land of Cotton


Scott McWaters teaches in the English Department at the University of Alabama. This work is part of a longer prophecy titled The Naked Prophet's Thread.

MVMontgomery M. V. Montgomery

Darwin in Rio


Two collections of M. V. Montgomery's poems will be published in 2010: Strange Conveyances, (Plain View Press) and Joshu Holds a Press Conference (Conversation Paperpress). He is currently at work on two collections of short fiction, Waking Dreams and Zombie Peace, Zombie Love.

BrentRobison Brent Robison



Brent Robison emigrated west to east and is now rooted in the Catskill Mountains of New York. His fiction has appeared in a dozen literary journals and has won awards from Literal Latté, Chronogram, and the New Jersey Council on the Arts, as well as a Pushcart Prize nomination. His collection of linked short stories, The Principle of Ultimate Indivisibility, is available wherever books are sold. Between daddy and hubby hours, he blogs at and continues chipping away at two novels-in-progress. He is also the editor and publisher of the Hudson Valley literary annual, Prima Materia.

KristinaRoth Kristina Roth

An Edible Geography

Creative Nonficiton

Kristina Roth recently completed her M.A. in English. When she isn't writing, you might find her attempting to make pottery, playing with her goofy wirehaired dachshund, or reading. She and her husband currently live near Houston, although she returns home to South Dakota whenever possible.

Miriam Selle


April on the Road to Damascus


Miriam Selle studies English with a Writing Concentration at Wheaton College, Illinois. Her poetry has recently been published by Cicada. Growing up in Essex Junction, Vermont, she enjoyed writing stories with her sisters and creating books for her grandfather. Much of her writing today comes from her struggle with chronic pain. Besides writing in multiple genres, her favorite activities include reading, singing, running in the rain with her friends, and stargazing. She hopes to live overseas, possibly teaching English, for a few years after graduating in the spring.

LauraESteer Laura E. Steer

Phantom Child

Creative Nonfiction

Laura is a recent graduate of Malone University, where she majored in English (no, not to teach!) and minored in both Bible and Communication Arts. Though her ultimate goal is to pursue careers in editing and freelance writing, she has, in the meantime,accepted the position of Drama Director at her church. She also volunteers there as a middle-school youth leader, and plays keyboard and sings backup vocals for a Christian rock band. Beyond writing and music, Laura also enjoys consuming and creating visual art, namely photography. Her future plans include artistry, travel, and a possible move to Chicago.


Sara Stripling

Fire Baptism


Sara Stripling is in her final year of a four year MFA program at the University of Arkansas. Although she is originally from southern Indiana, she currently lives in southern Arkansas with her husband and two cats as she is finishing her degree.

Kelli Worrall

The Midterm Exam

Creative Nonfiction

Kelli Worrall is an M.F.A. student at Roosevelt University in Chicago. She teaches English, speech, and drama at Moody Bible Institute. And she lives in McHenry, IL, with her husband, beautiful foster son, and mother-in-law (chief babysitter). They look forward to the arrival of their daughter from China.

GabriellaYokoyama Gabriella Yokoyama

Now Boarding


Gabriella Yokoyama is a writer and poet. She holds degrees in Social Science and English from the University of Southern Colorado. Her most recent move took her to New York City; previously she has lived in a convent, a chicken coop, and a seriously haunted house. She is currently writing a graphic novel. Her work has appeared in various journals, most recently in Inscribed and tinfoildresses.

DanaYost Dana Yost

Sculptures: Stations of the Cross at San Luis, Colorado

Raw With God


Dana Yost is a 29-year veteran of daily newspaper journalism, mostly as an editor at small dailies, where he won state and national awards for excellence in writing and news coverage. He and his wife, Rae, live in the small southwest Minnesota town of Cottonwood. A collection of his new poetry, Grace, was published in October 2008 by Spoon River Poetry Press. Grace is largely about two themes: Depression/anxiety, and a reaction to a deadly school bus crash in Cottonwood that killed four young students in 2008.

Clare Gajkowski-Zajicek

Church Fathers


Clare is a graphic designer and videographer who graduated from UW-Milwaukee with a degree in Communication. She currently resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with her husband and pet snapping turtle, Roger. She spends most of her time watching movies and eating starchy foods. (Mostly potatoes.)

A Journal of Art & Faith

For over a decade, Relief has helped shape the landscapes of faith and imagination for readers around the world. In our annual print journal, we feature fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, graphic narrative, and reviews by some of today’s finest literary practitioners, alongside emerging voices. We also publish new reflections on our blog each week—meditations by diverse writers pondering our contemporary moment through the rich lenses of art and faith.

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