From Category: Poetry and Religion
Discussions of literature, music, visual and performing arts from a spiritual perspective.
"Our vision encompasses the full spectrum of Buddhism, and we welcome submissions from authors who write from any perspective." Submissions are accepted via their online form. See website for special themes for each issue.
Campbell Corner sponsors a high-profile poetry contest for works that "treat larger themes with lyric intensity".
CIVA's projects include SEEN Journal, a twice-yearly magazine featuring contemporary artwork and creative writing. From their mission statement: "As the world needs the salt, light, and leaven of those who follow Jesus, CIVA cultivates an incarnational presence in contemporary culture that is marked by serious art learning and practice, intellectual rigor, prophetic voice, and a spirit of hospitality."
Accompanying website for the anthology of the same name from Sibling Rivalry Press includes reading dates, contributors' videos, and links to their websites. Featured authors include Ellen Bass, Blas Falconer, Keetje Kuipers, Maitreyabandhu, Carl Phillips, and Amir Rabiyah.
Links to haiku and Zen Buddhist quotations compiled by Michael P. Garofalo on his Garden Digest website.
Poet and memoirist Mary Karr muses on the resemblance between poetry and prayer as "sacred speech" that eases the soul's isolation. Karr also describes her recent conversion to Catholicism from a secular upbringing that made a religion out of art and literature. "People usually (always?) come to church as they do to prayer and poetry—through suffering and terror."
This fan site maintained by British computer scientist Martin Ward offers the full texts of books and articles by the prolific turn-of-the-century poet, fiction writer, journalist and popular theologian Gilbert K. Chesterton, best known today for his "Father Brown" mystery stories.
Beautifully designed, thought-provoking quarterly journal of the arts and religion. Free email newsletter profiles contemporary artists, writers and musicians whose work engages with spiritual themes in profound ways.
Launched in 2010, this print and online journal features critical essays about religion, literature, culture, and politics, as well as fiction, poetry, and the arts.
This website promotes writing for children and adults about Jewish religion, traditions, culture, and the state of Israel. They feature several themed contests a year with prizes of $250-$500. Contributing editors include National Jewish Book Award winner Sherri Mandell, PEN New England Discovery Award winner Risa Miller, and professors from Tel Aviv University and other Israeli institutions. A good site for emerging writers and those with a more conservative religious orientation.
Canadian poet D.S. Martin edits this blog showcasing classic and contemporary Christian poets.
This website for Christian creative writers includes articles on the writing process, literary conference news, and links to well-known authors such as Kathleen Norris, Anne Lamott, and Lauren Winner.
Formerly an online journal of theological articles, as of June 2009 Liturgical Credo will become a literary site devoted to contemporary stories of faith and doubt, including fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. See website for submission guidelines.
This blog by Erika Dreifus, who also runs the writers' resource site The Practicing Writer, focuses on Jewish literary news and commentary. Machberet is the Hebrew word for notebook.
This online journal based in New Zealand publishes poems of a spiritual nature written in any style. Contributors have included such well-known authors as Annie Finch, Barry Spacks, and Martin Willitts Jr. Authors may submit one group of 4-6 unpublished poems per year.
Starting with Rosh Hashanah in fall 2016, poet David Silverman will write and share a weekly poem that is connected to that week's assigned Torah portion (parsha), plus poems connected to the major holidays. Additionally, he will offer an explanation of the poem's origins and how it is connected to the parsha. Sign up by email to be notified of new posts. Silverman is the author of It's the Little Things: Poems About Love, Faith & Basketball (2014); free copies available on request, with the suggestion that you donate to a charity in lieu of paying for the book.
Comprehensive archive of mystical poetry from many eras and spiritual traditions, with brief biographies of the authors. Both Eastern and Western cultures are well-represented. Site is indexed by author's name, religious affiliation, and time period. A great way to learn about other cultures. Editor Ivan Granger explains, "A chaikhana is a teahouse along the legendary Silk Road pilgrimage and trading route linking China to the Middle East and Europe. It is a place of rest along the journey, a place to shake off the dust of the road, to sip tea, and to gather together to sing songs of the Divine...."
Alphabetical online directory provides names and addresses of hundreds of Christian magazines and book publishers. Purchase the annual print directory for full guidelines for these publications, as well as markets for greeting cards, artwork, poetry, and other specialties.
The St. Sebastian Review is an LGBTQ Christian literary magazine, founded to give voice to a community often disenfranchised and unheard. Editors say, "We exist as a forum within and from which LGBTQ Christians of any denomination can engage both critically and compassionately the culture in which they find themselves. We are purveyors of fine poetry, fiction, nonfiction essays, and visual art from among the LGBTQ Christian community and its allies."
The Lutheran Writers Project seeks to make connections among writers and readers who are influencing and influenced by Lutheran traditions. They offer resources for book clubs, pastors, and educators, and also sponsor a literary festival at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.
Online journal edited by Jill Jepson, author of 'Writing as a Sacred Path', focuses on the intersections of writing and spirituality, broadly defined. They publish fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and critical essays on writing and spirituality in all spiritual, religious, and mythic traditions. Short fiction and essays should be 5,000 words maximum; self-contained novel excerpts 10,000 words maximum; no limit for poetry. Email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interfaith journal of spiritual literature; editorial board includes several prominent writers.
This blog is a collaborative effort of students associated with the Institute for Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at the University of St Andrews. Transpositions seeks to create conversations between Christian theology and the arts, and discuss the nature of both art and theology as a transposition of divine reality into earthly form.
We recommend this Canadian site dedicated to improving the literary quality of work by Christian writers. Sponsors two poetry contests annually, one for adults and one for youth.
Online journal of poetry and prose published by St. Jerome Ministries, "a Catholic organization which seeks to promote the Faith through reasoned persuasion in apologetics, magisterial loyalty in content, and artful prose in presentation." Notable features include the as-yet- incomplete "Areopagus University", a series of essays on using archetypes to craft compelling fiction. Classical art and tongue-in-cheek archaic language contribute to the website's mood of pageantry and mystery.
Well-stocked page of links to Christian writing resources.