Issue 2 // fall 15 // "Space"

Contributors

Rob Carmack is the founding pastor of Collective Church in Roanoke, Texas. You can listen to Rob’s weekly podcast at www.collectivechurch.net or read Rob’s blog at www.robcarmackwords.com.

Nina Lohman Cilek is a writer living in Iowa City with her husband and two children. She holds a master's degree in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and bachelor's degree in English from the University of Iowa. She celebrates well, takes a decent picture, and has been known to both foster and encourage wild ideas.

Sandra Dunn is an artist living in Medicine Park near the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge in Southwest Oklahoma. "Nature is my creative flint.  My imagination's feast is to quietly stare out the studio window, and I often go out to explore the landscape on my knees. I enjoy working in a variety of media such as collage, watercolor, encaustic and photography."

Dave Fuller, a native of Tulsa,  is currently a VP at Legacy Bank in Oklahoma City where he heads up the Department of Creatives Strategies and Corporate Culture. Dave is a catalyst for the arts in OKC and has served on the board for the International Arts Movement in NYC. You can read his blog for "men of a certain age" at www.aboutpops.com

Molly Hennesy is an award-winning photographer and designer from Texas who now lives  in OKC. When she's not at her day job as a graphic designer for Legacy Bank, she's most likely climbing the face of a mountain somewhere in the southwestern United States.

Steve Hicks, MFA is a Professor of Art and has artwork at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfork, Virginia, the Eberhand-Faber Company in Crestwood, Pennsylvania, the Louisiana State Collection in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, The Beaumont Art League Collection in Beaumont, Texas, and the First National Bank of Little Rock Collection in Little Rock Arkansas. He has been listed in the 2000 edition of Outstanding Artists and Designers along with Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in South and Southwest, and Who’s Who in America’s Teachers.

Christopher Lee is a graphic designer from Oklahoma City.
 www.insertemotion.com // instagram: insertemotion

Dr. Ben Myers is the 2015-2016 Poet Laureate of the State of Oklahoma and the author of two books of poetry: Lapse Americana (New York Quarterly Books, 2013) and Elegy for Trains (Village Books Press, 2010). His poems may be read in The Yale Review, The New York Quarterly, 32 Poems, The Christian Century, Nimrod, Measure and other journals, as well as in general readership publications like Oklahoma Today and In Touch. He has been honored with an Oklahoma Book Award from the Oklahoma Center for the Book and with a Tennessee Williams Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. He reviews poetry and books on poetics for several publications, including World Literature Today and Books and Culture.

Dennis W. Neshein 
Living in the Midwest U.S., Germany, Florida, and Colorado, Dennis W. Nesheim worked in education, made art, did video production, and wrote and edited various things.  He continues to write, explore photography, draw, and paint.  Sometimes he still teaches.

Scott Scrivner lives in OKC with his wife Leslie, and kiddos Matthew & Meredith. "I've been doing art all my life, but I really rediscovered my love for creating about ten years ago. I spend my days working as a pastor/facilitator of Convergence Community and as one of the designers at Clover Partners."

Dottie Soderstrom is a PhD candidate in English at Auburn University and an instructor of English at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Henrik Soderstrom, MFA is an artist and idea enthusiast.  He studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, and has created artwork in collaboration with Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, the Music of Difference Project,  and FuturPointe Dance.  He loves grapefruit and teaches art+design at Indiana Wesleyan University.
henriksoderstrom.com // instagram: henrickck

Bo Apitz is a professional photographer for the Citizen Potawatomie Nation. "I am the disguise in daylight, like a sunrise in black and white. My journey will always be." www.somethingspiritualphtography.com // 
instagram: le_ciudad

Dr. Richard Pierce is an Assistant Professor of English at Waynesburg University.  His poems have appeared in Tar River Poetry, Birmingham Poetry Review, New South, Poet Lore, Relief, and Ninth Letter.  His chapbook, The Book of Mankey, is available from Cooper Dillon Books at http://store.cooperdillon.com/product/the-book-of-mankey.

Serah Welborn detasseled corn to pay for college. She now studies English and entrepreneurship at Midwestern State University. Her free time is devoted to cello, dancing, and international students.

Leanne Henry Wright is a working artist in Shawnee, OK. She works in mediums of paint and sculpture primarily. She also teaches children the joy that art can bring through her use of  inventive, often out-of-ordinary and out-of-doors classroom techniques.


Original Call for Entries

I've been describing the upcoming issue this way, "It's about space, but not, like, outer space." Content contributors are challenged to explore the paradox of space—something and nothing, all at the same time.

Some different ways of thinking about the theme:

  • absence and presence
  • form and counter-form
  • notes and rest in music
  • The distinct spaces we inhabit as humans: 
    work space, home space, sacred space.

My friend Rob started a church that meets in a hotel. One question I have is How the heck do you cultivate a sacred space in the conference room of a hotel by the Texas Motor Speedway? There's a story, poem, photo-essay, or something there to be sure.

Eager to see what space you explore,

—Corey Lee Fuller, creator of Ink & Letters