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    Finding Relief in Vulnerability

    The rare privilege of editing a national literary journal as an undergraduate (not to mention the daily promise of coffee) is enough to nudge my weary body out of my dorm room every morning and into the necessity of story. At first, it is the tender process of making Relief Journal that overwhelms me: the elusive connection suspended between writer and reader now becoming tangible. Writers trust us to listen, to lean in close, just as we trust them to move us, to illuminate uncharted nuances of the human condition. Vulnerability for vulnerability. Relief Journal provides space for us students to bask in the good, to wrestle with the ugly;…

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    Relief: A Journal of Art and Faith, 2017

    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…

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    Three 2016 Midwestern Literary Conferences

    Writers and readers, the spring of 2016 has fantastic conference opportunities in store. Yes, the marquee art and faith event in the nation, the Festival of Faith and Writing, is back, and we’ll get to that in a moment. But we wanted to alert you to several other local gatherings as well. Mark your calendars! ———————————— Sat, Feb 13, 2016 – Living in the Kiln (Cedarville University, OH) / Submission deadline: Jan 25 “Living in the Kiln: Refining the Self through Literary Conversation” is the title of the forthcoming undergraduate conference at Cedarville University. Here’s the description of what they’re looking for: Broad interpretations of the theme are welcome and…