Journal Issue 10: Body Image

The women in this issue of Minerva Rising examine that shame and reclaim their bodies, image by lovely, stirring image. Alison Townsend’s “Brief Inventory at 60” asks, “How is it this body your 83-year-old stepmother says she envies still shelters you so well, faithful as an old dog, despite never being fully loved by you?” Robin van Eck’s “She’s so Fat” draws us into the anguish a woman feels as her weight becomes a problem in her relationship. Barbara Knott’s “Golden Orb Weaver” takes us from a routine mammogram to the deathbed of a breast-cancer-stricken friend, while Hannah Marshall’s “El Shaddai” transports us to the center of a prayer circle where we can almost hear voices raised to ancient spirits, where the faithful “dance without feet and sing without tongue.”

We hope the stories, essays, poems, and art in “Body Image” will leave you personally claiming Amy Bloom’s words as true: “You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably awed. And you are beautiful.”

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Issue 9: LightJournal Issue 9: Light

This issue is like a snapshot of our human experience. It illuminates familiar themes in ways that makes us reconsider what we thought we knew. It grew out of our Executive Editor Kim Brown’s own personal need for light in dark places. She envisioned a collection of work that would be a beacon of light for those who were feeling hopeless. She is so proud to say that her mission was accomplished. Their pieces are not necessary lighthearted, but their willingness to write from difficult places is awe inspiring and hopeful.

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The Revolution Will Have Its Sky2015 Chapbook Winner

The Revolution Will Have Its Sky
By Maria Garcia Teutsch

This poetry isn’t out to convert, but to advert. It doesn’t pledge allegiance or invest in transcendent causes, but rather observes signs of war, wars of sex, hexes of communication. It won’t hallow a transparency; it won’t turn away from an execution. This work’s occasions are implicated in its materials: with trompes l’oeil, jacks and johns, sleights of hand, this poetry registers some serious claims and obligations. Seeing illusions attached to engagements, uses to ubiquities, profanities to idealism, privates to a general, The Revolution Will Have Its Sky reminds us enlistees (whether in grays or blues, whether in wishes or words, whether in war or love) how down-and-dirty signing up can be. –Contest judge Heather McHugh

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Minerva Rising, an independent literary press, celebrates the creativity and wisdom in every woman by giving them space to tell their stories and to tell them well. We publish thought-provoking and insightful fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry. We pride ourselves on building a supportive community of women, because we believe that when women come together, we flourish. We are committed to working with both established and emerging women writers to hone and develop their craft in the direction of growth – both personally and professionally.

Just as the Goddess Minerva represented creativity, wisdom, medicine, commerce, arts and education, our press provides the opportunity for women artist to share their diverse experiences and talents in order to nurture a collective creativity.

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