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Spring 2019

Spring 2019

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.

Daniel Bowman, Jr.
From the Editor's Desk


Devon Balwit

Aaron Brown

Thom Caraway
angle of repose
Prophecy for 3 a.m.
Three Incantations for Spring

Todd Copeland

Maryann Corbett
A Vision of St. Polycarp, Martyr, as Bartender
Sacred Art & Architectural Salvage, Inc.

Kristina Erny
Portrait: David
Landscape: Victoria Park Community Center

Marci Rae Johnson
Topography of Tears
Entertaining Angels Unaware

Marjorie Maddox
Without Ceasing

Susanna Mayer
Holy Orders
Cast Away

Linda Mills Woolsey
Traveler’s Advisory
Saturday at the Gallery

Natasha Oladokun
I Asked God for the Moon

Daye Phillippo
Bicycling the Backroads After Supper

Richard Prins
Prospect Park

Elizabeth Sackett

Nicholas Samaras
God Shuffled His Feet

Shannon St. Armand
The Burial, Post-Miscarriage
Becoming Catholic, Post-Miscarriage

Bill Stadick
Syndrome Psalm

Jack Stewart
St. Jerome Translates
The Shape of the Cold

Jen Stewart Fueston
To the guest who broke
a wine glass at my party

Daniel Tobin
From Where Moth and Rust Consume

Jeremiah Webster
The Solemn Sea

Mischa Willett
Echo Chamber
Braceleted and Bare

Creative Nonfiction

Kaylen Dwyer
At the Edge of the Astrosphere

Kyle Minor

Nelle Smith
Ohio, Ohio, Ohio

Ann Weikers


Chris Harold
Big Game

G.E. Kittredge
Thy Cell Will Teach Thee All

Heather M. Surls
The Life You’ve Got


Kelcey Parker Ervick
Speak, Butterfly