Holiday 2016: Writing and Faith

"Tetrapylon with Sunbeams" (Palmyra, Syria, 2006) © Saïd Nuseibeh; used by permission]

Pushing Back the Darkness

If I—a former English professor, a book reviewer, a writer, a person who doesn’t leave the house without a book, who read every page of Salman Rushdie’s Shame twice on a hiking trip because I was terrified of getting to the end and having nothing to read—if I wasn’t reading, who was I?

—"Death and the Failings of Fiction"

New pieces will appear on the Table of Contents as they publish throughout the issue cycle.


Theme for this Issue

The Communion of Saints by Jo Scott-Coe
Death and the Failings of Fiction by Rebecca Steinitz
If God Is Alive, I Hate Him by Anna Shane Stadick
Merry Christmas! Happy Diwali! by Nandini Pandya
Words to Light the Way by Wendy Brown-Báez
Are Thoughts Things? by Cynthia Rosi

Flash Nonfiction

Church Pew in Transit by Laura Page
Airbrushed Memories by Marlene Olin

Personal Stories

My Postcards to a Dead Author by Kelcey Parker Ervick

Why I Write

How to Bury the Dead by Samantha Leigh Miller

Hybrid Work

All We Don’t Know by H. K. Hummel
Living Together by Marian Kaplun Shapiro


Grace Marie Grafton: Poem by Grace Marie Grafton
Mehrnoosh Torbatnejad: Two Poems by Mehrnoosh Torbatnejad