Image, a literary and arts quarterly founded in 1989, is a unique forum for the best writing and artwork that is informed by—or grapples with—religious faith. We have never been interested in art that merely regurgitates dogma or falls back on easy answers or didacticism. Instead, our focus has been on writing and visual artwork that embody a spiritual struggle, that seek to strike a balance between tradition and a profound openness to the world. Here the larger questions of existence intersect with what the poet Albert Goldbarth calls the "greasy doorknobs and salty tearducts" of our everyday lives.
Each issue explores this relationship through outstanding fiction, poetry, painting, sculpture, architecture, film, music, interviews, and dance. Image also features four-color reproductions of visual art.
To read more about Image and its suite of programs, check out our brochure (at right). To request a copy, e-mail us with your paper mail address (please specify that you want the "Image Brochure"). If you'd like to share Image with friends, students, a church arts group, or any other likely crowd, feel free to order a dozen or more.
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Material first published in Image has appeared in the Pushcart Prize anthology, Best American Essays, Best American Poetry, Best American Spiritual Writing, O. Henry Prize Stories, The Art of the Essay, New Stories from the South, Best Christian Short Stories, Best Christian Writing, and Best American Movie Writing. Image has also been nominated by Utne Reader for an Alternative Press Award for Spiritual Coverage, and has been excerpted by Harper's, the Wilson Quarterly, and Utne Reader, and featured on-line at Poetry Daily and on the air at the Reader's Almanac.
Among our literary contributors are Richard Wilbur, Annie Dillard, John Updike, Horton Foote, William Kennedy, Philip Levine, Oscar Hijuelos, Robert Coles, Madeleine L'Engle, Robert Bly, John Irving, Martin Marty, Katherine Paterson, Mary Oliver, Elie Wiesel, Scott Cairns, Mark Jarman, Melanie Rae Thon, Paul Mariani, Clyde Edgerton, Eugene Peterson, Andrew Hudgins, Hwee Hwee Tan, Denis Donoghue, and Walter Wangerin.
Image has featured the work of visual artists including Don Eddy, Makoto Fujimura, Robert Gober, Edward Knippers, Mary McCleary, Ed Paschke, Melissa Weinman, Bill Viola, Roger Wagner, Tobi Kahn, and Patty Wickman.
Our editorial advisory board includes Ronald Austin, Doris Betts, Scott Cairns, Robert Coles, Annie Dillard, Denis Donoghue, Gordon Fuglie, Patricia Hampl, Ron Hansen, Mark Helprin, Andrew Hudgins, Thomas Lynch, Paul Mariani, Mary McCleary, Barry Moser, Marilyn Nelson, Kathleen Norris, Theodore Prescott, Richard Rodriguez, Dan Wakefield, Jeanne Murray Walker, Wim Wenders, Larry Woiwode, and Christian Wiman.
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