The Spring 2017 issue of Relief is now available!
This beautiful new issue, designed by Taylor grad Abbey Benson, features cover art by Joshua Welker. The issue expands on Relief’s signature of excellent poetry, including new poems from long-time friends Laurie Klein and Julie L. Moore.
CNF offerings are highlighted by Philadelphia writer and musician Catherine Ricketts‘ harrowing “What My Brother Wore” and a new essay by Amy Peterson, whose 2017 memoir Dangerous Territory (Discovery House) has garnered much attention, including a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly.
Finally, Sally Thomas‘ “Noise Like a Freight Train” will satisfy the literary fiction reader with its subtle power.
There are many other gems here you’ll be pleased to discover.
The Spring 2017 issue marks the first to be created with the help of the students in ENG 470: Literary Editing and Publishing II – Relief Journal. This course, taught by Relief‘s Editor-in-Chief and Taylor creative writing professor Daniel Bowman Jr., is the second in a sequence of hands-on editing and publishing classes that provide students with invaluable real-world experience.
In the first course, taught by Relief fiction editor Dr. Aaron Housholder, students develop Taylor’s campus literary journal Parnassus. They work in a team-oriented environment while honing their individual literary taste and aesthetic judgment. Students build upon these skills in 470 while working with national authors.
While Relief’s national staff of genre editors still read and select the works for publication, the supporting tasks accomplished by the ENG 470 students are critical at every step. From mailing out hard copies, developing the website, discussing the merits of submissions, and proofreading and editing, students contribute deeply to the mission of Relief.
Special thanks to 2017 Editorial Assistants Kate Boxell, Sarah Holmes, Samantha Hurst, and Rachel Roberts, as well as Relief Developmental Editor Alex Wesley Moore.