Issue 3 // spring 16 // "Pattern"
Dr. Laurie Jean Cannady has published articles and essays on poverty in America, community and domestic violence, and women’s issues. Her memoir, Crave: Sojourn of a Hungry Soul was named one of the best nonfiction books by black authors in 2015 by The Root online magazine. Dr. Cannady currently resides in Central Pennsylvania with her husband and three children. She teaches English at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania.
Sharon Frye lives in Northern Oklahoma. When not delivering mail for the USPS, she dabbles in photography and written word. In 2013, she read her poetry in Ireland at the Fermoy Poetry Festival. In 2015, she read at Sacramento Voices in California then joined poets in Oklahoma at the Woody Guthrie Festival. She earned a Pushcart nomination for a poem in her chapbook, "Last Chance for Rain." She is published in numerous journals and anthologies.
David Fuller is a traveler, student, senior adult, reader, writer and old-fashioned rudimental drummer. He was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, first coming of age in the ‘50s and ‘60s. He has been married for forty-three years and has two sons and three amazing grand-girls.
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.
Joshua Hren is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Mary, is the editor of Dappled Things, and serves as Editor-in-Chief of Wiseblood Books. He has published scholarly articles, poetry, and fiction, including “Heavyweight,” forthcoming in Aethlon, and “Gehenna,” forthcoming in First Things.
Devon Miller-Duggan has published poems in Rattle, Shenandoah, Margie, Christianity and Literature, and Gargoyle. She teaches Creative Writing at the University of Delaware. Her books include Pinning the Bird to the Wall from Tres Chicas Books in 2008 and a chapbook of poems about angels, Neither Prayer, Nor Bird from Finishing Line Press in 2013.
Juan Morales' second poetry collection, The Siren World, was selected as one of "2015 Latino Books: 8 Must-Reads from Indispensable Small Presses" on NBC News. He is also the author of Friday and the Year That Followed. His poems have recently appeared in Poet Lore, Hayden's Ferry Review, Mas Tequila Review, Pank, and Duende. He is a CantoMundo Fellow, the editor of Pilgrimage Magazine, and an Associate Professor of English at Colorado State University-Pueblo, where he directs the Creative Writing Program and curates the SoCo Reading Series.
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.
John Poch’s most recent book, Fix Quiet, won the 2014 New Criterion Poetry Prize.
Israel Wasserstein is the author of the poetry collection This Ecstasy They Call Damnation. His poetry and prose have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Flint Hills Review, Crab Orchard Review and elsewhere. He enjoys distance running, baseball and breakfast burritos.
David Wright lives in Central Illinois and teaches creative writing and American literature at Monmouth College. He is the author of A Liturgy for Stones and The Small Books of Bach (2014). His poems have appeared in Image, Ecotone, Hobart, Books & Culture, and many other publications.
Addie Zierman is the author of When We Were on Fire (one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Books of 2013) and of the forthcoming memoir, Night Driving: A Story of Faith in the Dark (March 15, 2016, Convergent Books). She lives in Minnesota with her husband and two sons and blogs regularly at addiezierman.com.
Original Call for Entries
When our philosophies are water weak
To urge the sanity of any hope,
Familiar pattern, woe piled up on woe,
Sets life within the nursery legend's scope.
—an excerpt from the poem "Familiar Pattern" by Julia McGrane,
Poetry Magazine, February 1942
Humans love pattern. Maybe it's the consistency of it, the predictability of it. Whatever it may be, there must be some reason we sit on patterned couches, wear patterned shirts, and wallpaper our bathrooms (even our toilet paper has a "quilted" pattern). Beyond mere ornament, we are consumed with the rhyme and reason of pattern. It must be central to our humanity.
In exploration of this theme, contributors might consider forming a new pattern or simply exposing an existing one.
A few possibilities to explore:
- Visual patterns — organic or geometric
- Themes and motifs in music
- Patterns of human behavior
- Patterns and liturgies in worship
- Seasons of the year, seasons of life
I look forward to seeing the patterns you unearth,
—Corey Lee Fuller, creator of Ink & Letters