Relief’s 2019 issue is packed with new poems by some of our favorite voices—Nicholas Samaras, Natasha Oladokun, Linda Mills Woolsey, Daniel Tobin, and many others. CNF offerings include Nelle Smith’s complicated tribute to her native Ohio; lyric examinations of faith, suffering, and loss by Kyle Minor and Ann Weikers; and the stunning debut of Kaylen Dwyer. Our fiction moves from the Middle East to the hills of West Virginia to the California desert of G.E. Kittredge’s “Thy Cell Will Teach Thee All,” in which a burned out rocker attempts to write the ending to his own story. Kelcey Parker Ervick adds Relief’s first full-color graphic narrative, a gorgeous meditation on Nabokov, butterflies, and the coming of age of an artist.
The Spring 2018 Relief, which features striking cover art by Brenton Good, contains nearly fifty pages of writing more than the previous volume, including exciting new voices in fiction, and a graphic narrative by Suzanne Rhee. Poetry offerings are highlighted by sestinas by Tania Runyan, new work from Jeremiah Webster and Jeff Newberry, and a wide range of beautiful poems from around the country. Relief continues to engage superb CNF writers; we’re proud to publish challenging new work by D.L. Mayfield, Carly Gelsinger, and essays by poets Julie Moore and Susanna Childress. 2018 comprises one of our most complete and energizing issues to date.
The Spring 2017 issue of Relief features a full—and we think beautiful—redesign. The issue expands on Relief’s signature of excellent poetry from around the world, including new poems from old friends like Laurie Klein and Julie L. Moore. Our CNF offerings are highlighted by Catherine Ricketts’ harrowing “What My Brother Wore” and a new essay by Amy Peterson, whose 2017 memoir Dangerous Territory (Discovery House) has garnered much well-deserved attention. Finally, Sally Thomas' “Noise Like a Freight Train” will satisfy the literary fiction reader with its subtle power. And there are many other gems here you’ll be pleased to discover.
The Spring 2016 issue features an incredible collection of short fiction–including a story by National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr–alongside a strong selection of women’s voices in creative nonfiction. Rounding out the issue are some featured posts from the Relief blog, and many wonderful poems, diverse in both form and content. We’re excited to feature prominent writers among strong new voices.
Issue 8.1 features knife fights, Christian charity fails, and poems between friends. Interviews with poet Julie L. Moore and author Robert Vander Lugt. New poems from the dames of Christian poetry: Luci Shaw, Jeanne Murray Walker, and Tania Runyan.