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Jessica Brown has graduate degrees in English, creative writing, and spiritual formation, and finds the corner of literature and theology endlessly fascinating. Her book The Grace to Be Human is forthcoming in 2017 with Kalos Press. Shorter work has appeared in Relief JournalArt House AmericaGood LettersDappled ThingsJournal for Spiritual Formation and Soul Care, and in Jane Austen and the Arts: Elegance, Propriety, and Harmony. Her children's novel The River Boy was released in 2016. She lives in the west of Ireland with her husband and son.

Daniel Bowman, Jr. is Editor-in-Chief of Relief Journal. His debut collection of poems is A Plum Tree in Leatherstocking Country, and his work has appeared in The Adirondack Review, American Poetry Journal, Books & Culture, The Midwest Quarterly, Seneca Review, and many other journals. A native New Yorker, he lives in Hartford City, Indiana, with his wife Bethany and their two children. He is Associate Professor of English at Taylor University. Find him on Twitter: @danielbowmanjr.

Chrysta Brown hails from Philadelphia, PA. She received her BFA in Dance Performance from Southern Methodist University and her MFA in Creative Writing with a concentration in Creative Nonfiction from Seattle Pacific University. She performs and teaches dance in the Philadelphia metro. When she is not writing or dancing, she is either writing about dance or scouring the internet for cheap plane tickets. You can visit her website at

William Coleman has served as managing editor for Image and executive editor of nonfiction for DoubleTake. A former teaching fellow at Harvard University, he teaches literature and writing for Northfield School of the Liberal Arts, in Wichita, Kansas. His poems have been published in PoetryThe Paris ReviewThe New CriterionImageWestern Humanities ReviewPhoebeThird Coast, and other publications. His book and music reviews have been published in Image and The Martha's Vineyard Times, respectively. His poetry manuscript, Once I Held a Stone, was a finalist for the 2012 Emily Dickinson First Book Award.


Jayne English is a blogger, essayist and poet. Her work has appeared in American LibrariesSaint Katherine Review, and Woman’s Touch among other magazines. She is smitten with poetry and often turns to poets to translate the language of life into “motes/of gold moving/from shadow to shadow.

Callie Feyen lives in the Washington DC suburbs with her husband Jesse and their two daughters Hadley and Harper. Callie is an 8th grade English teacher who recently earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Seattle Pacific University. Her work has appeared in AltarworkCoffee + Crumbs, and The Banner. You'll also find Callie on Her Twitter handle is: @calliefeyen.


Brad Fruhauff holds a PhD in English from Loyola University Chicago and teaches English at Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL. Some of his interests include Charles Dickens, Fyodor Dostoevsky, John Donne, Gerard Manley Hopkins, film, hermeneutics, and theological aesthetics. Scholarly and literary publications include The Ankeny BriefcaseRock & Sling*catapultBurnside Writers’ CollectiveThe Englewood Review of BooksVictorians, and The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association. He lives in Evanston with his wife and two sons.

Adele Gallogly is the Web Editor of Relief Journal. She lives in Hamilton, Ontario with her husband and is a staff writer for World Renew, a disaster relief and community development agency. On evenings and weekends, she lets short stories, essays, reviews, and other creative pieces out to play. Her work has appeared in AntlerRelief Journal, Duke Divinity School's Faith & Leadership magazine, The Well: Intervarsity, and elsewhere. Adele has an MFA in Creative Writing from Seattle Pacific University and an abiding adoration for tragicomic fiction. She Tweets at @AdeleGallogly.


Jean Hoefling is a freelance copyeditor living in her native Colorado, land of way too few overcast days. She has published two books on her experiences as a convert to the Eastern Orthodox Church (Regina Press) and a novel, Gold in Havilah: A Novel of Cain's Wife (Westbow Press). She writes book reviews for Blue Ink Review, and her essays and short fiction have appeared in several publications, with a notable mention in 2012 Best American Essays. She enjoys social dancing, hiking, and church stuff.

Abby Jarvis is a writer and poet from Lakeland, Florida. She studied poetry at Florida Southern College and, while there, published several poems in Cantilevers, the on-campus literary magazine. Her work has won several awards, including the Wesley Ryles award for poetry. Today, Abby is a content writer and marketer for a business in Lakeland and works as a freelance writer for Polk County-based magazine The 863 and other publications. She still writes poetry, which can frequently be found strewn throughout her apartment or tucked into the pages of books.

Lou Kaloger holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Bowling Green State University, a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of Worship Studies degree from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. He has served as a pastor at Tampa Covenant Church since 2000. In addition to his responsibilities at Tampa Covenant, Lou teaches courses on the history and theology of religious imagery and architecture at Trinity College of Florida.

Christina Lee lives in Sierra Madre, a tiny foothill town just east of Los Angeles. She teaches seventh grade English at a nearby public school. She’s a graduate of Seattle Pacific’s MFA program with a concentration in poetry, and her work has recently been featured in Relief and Ruminate. When she’s not writing or grading, she spends her time hiking, doing yoga and traveling. She tweets at @christyamberlee.

Briana Meade is a writer in Raleigh, NC who was previously published in Relief's Spring 2016 edition. Briana graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Wheaton College and balances taking care of her 5 year old daughter, Zoe, and her three year old son, Kaiden, while writing for several online sites. She is a contributor for Off the Page.

Jill Reid is a poet and teacher who lives in Pineville, Louisiana with her six year old daughter, Ellie, and nearly too many books to count. She earned her MFA in poetry from Seattle Pacific University in 2014 and teaches at Louisiana College. Though she has lived in places like Texas and London, her roots are in rural Louisiana, a place that flavors many of her poems. Her poems are forthcoming or appear in The Missouri ReviewRuminate MagazineRelief JournalBig Muddy, and The Fourth River.


Howard Schaap is an assistant professor of English at Dordt College. He is the author of poems and essays. He holds an MA in English Literature from South Dakota State University and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Seattle Pacific University. Howard lives with his wife, Sy, and three children in Edgerton, Minnesota, on the tall grass prairie landscape where they both grew up.

Vic Sizemore earned his MFA in fiction from Seattle Pacific University in 2009. His short stories are published or forthcoming in StoryQuarterly, Southern Humanities Review, Connecticut Review, Portland Review, Blue Mesa Review, Sou’wester, Silk Road Review, Atticus Review, A River and Sound Review, PANK Magazine, Fiction Fix, Vol.1 Brooklyn, Connotation Press, and elsewhere. Excerpts from his novel The Calling are published or forthcoming in Relief, Rock & Sling, Connecticut Review, Portland Review, Prick of the Spindle, Burrow Press Review, and Letters. He has won the New Millennium Writings Award for Fiction, and been nominated for Best American Nonrequired Reading and a Pushcart Prize. You can visit his website at

Adie Smith lives in Jackson, Mississippi and is completing her MFA in poetry from Seattle Pacific University. Her poetry has appeared in, among others, Ruminate, Rock & Sling, and Stone Highway Review. During her tenure in the Deep South, she has developed affection for phrases such as: “this ain’t no church, so don’t say amen.”

Rebecca Spears a poet and essayist, is the author of The Bright Obvious: Poems (Finishing Line Press). Her writing appears in If These Walls Could Speak (Univ. of Texas), The Weight of Addition and Improbable Worlds (Mutabilis Press), TriQuarterlyCrazyhorseCalyxMinnesota ReviewReliefNatural Bridge, NimrodBorderlandsTexas Review, and other journals and anthologies. She has received scholarships from the Taos Writers Workshop, the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow, and Vermont Studio Center and was a finalist for the Iowa Review Poetry Award.

Matthew & Joy Steem are siblings who savor imaginative expressions of hope, wonder and interdependence. When not tromping through books/trees, they sip chrysanthemum tea and ponder. They have MAs in History (Trinity Western University) and English Literature (Queen’s). You can find some of their thoughts in Mythlore, ConvergeChristianity Today’s Her.meneutics, Off the PageWhite Gulls & Wild Birds: Essays on C.S. LewisInklings and Friends & Thomas Merton (2015) or their webpage,

Tom Sturch lost his native language to poetry some three years ago and has been glimpsed since along the edges of things thrashing shrubbery and looking up a lot. Blogging is something he does for friends, who know the ground must be re-referenced from time to time; the Sirens increasingly eluding. Otherwise, he practices landscape architecture to eat, stay married. Bowl. Color pencils. Tom's work may be found in recent issues of Gargoyle MagazineSaint Katherine Review and Relief Journal.