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Image was founded in 1989 to demonstrate the continued vitality and diversity of contemporary art and literature that engage with the religious traditions of western culture. Now one of the leading literary journals published in English, it is read all over the world—and forms the nexus of a warm and active community.

We believe that the great art that has emerged from these faith traditions is dramatic, not didactic—incarnational, not abstract. And so our focus has been on works of imagination that embody a spiritual struggle, like Jacob wrestling with the angel. In our pages the larger questions of existence intersect with what the poet Albert Goldbarth calls the “greasy doorknobs and salty tearducts” of our everyday lives.

“Image occupies a unique place in the religion/arts world. No other journal manages to maintain such academic integrity while at the same time avoiding theological jargon. No other journal manages to offer such depth while still remaining comprehensible to a general readership. No other journal manages to be so provocative while also being so full of common sense. And no other journal in this field begins to match Image for quality of presentation. A major achievement with a rich and promising future.”
Jeremy Begbie, Thomas A. Langford Research Professor in Theology, Duke Divinity School

“Just read the last copy of Image on Tuesday. So beautiful. The writing. The design. The art. All of it.”
Terry Tempest Williams, author of Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place

“Image is the most meaningful literary journal being published today. Each issue brings us back into an understanding that art pierces the surface of our lives to illuminate the soul; that art is, indeed, a redemptive gift from God.”
Bret Lott, author of Jewel

“This magazine fills a real gap in the area of art and religion, and I am convinced that for many people this journal will be a very important source of better understanding of the deep links between art and religion.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen, author of Behold the Beauty of the Lord

“You have produced something that is fine, beautiful, and commendable. God certainly is not in need of your help, but if He were to venture an opinion I'm fairly sure that He would smile upon all that you have done. In looking over Image, I confess, I felt a sense of grace, something borne in the air, something wonderfully and almost inexplicably buoyant. My response is to say to you, Kol HaKavod, which means, in Hebrew, ‘All the honor is yours.’”
Mark Helprin, author of A Soldier of the Great War

“Image is a realistic, valuable, and extraordinarily interesting magazine. Its writing and artwork is simple, direct, and without pretension—like the best of all American writing. It deserves generous support—and applause.”
Annie Dillard, author of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

“Reading Image is like entering a room full of unpretentious, smart friends talking about fascinating questions. The magazine is not only beautiful; it's probing, thoughtful, and wise about art, politics, and the life of faith. I need Image, and I'm not surprised so many other people do, too.”
Jeanne Murray Walker, poet and playwright, author of The Queen's Two Bodies

“Image is a daring project, filled with the highest promise. Our nation's high culture, which is increasingly uncertain about what distinguishes high from low, is perhaps ready to be pointed toward the humane and humanizing understanding of the arts that has been in the past, and can be in the future, nurtured by biblical faith.”
Richard John Neuhaus, author of The Naked Public Square

“Image is the most exciting new journal I've seen...a beacon, a lighthouse for Christians involved in the arts.... Perhaps, like Eliot's quarterly, it will influence an entire generation. It has that potential.”
Larry Woiwode, novelist, author of Beyond the Bedroom Wall

“A first-class journal in every aspect—graphics, design, and most importantly, content...a rare and valuable prize.”
Dan Wakefield, author of Returning: A Spiritual Journey

“Image is compelling. I've seen nothing like it.”
Bill Moyers, Public Affairs Television, Inc.

“A beautiful magazine.”
Madeleine L'Engle, Newbery Award-winning author

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Image seeks out and brings to its readers work of high artistic quality that engages with the historic faith traditions on a profound level, without easy answers or false uplift, and with a serious respect for beauty and truth.

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My body steps into history, imagine

It’s always the woman looking over her shoulder, some man chasing her past herself.

Cento Considering Life and Afterlife

It has been a bad decade for God. To begin with, we are losing women.

Reliquary

In Siena’s basilica, Saint Catherine’s head, freed from its reliquary, now stands in its ownskin, incorrupt on the silver altar, the teeth still visiblein that open air.

A Small Gift

There was no religion in our house. For years I thought it was a hole, a gap in the woodwork I needed to fill.

Acts of Attention: On Poetry and Spirituality

As Aristotle knew, for our lives to be complete, there must be something that we desire to do for its own sake—something that is not a means to an end, but an end in itself.

Forest Monk

But should you be patient enough to wait near the edge of the forest where invisible and visible merge with magic and miracle.

Poem in Memory of Juan Diego

In the hollow of her mantle, in the crossing of her arms,
she will protect you.

Psalm for Doctor Normal

Bless the Doctor, O my soul, and my daughter’s soul and all my daughter’s missing genes shall bless His holy degree.

The Ark

This place is an ark now.
Behave as you would on an ark.

First Men and Original Sins

We say we come in peace for all mankind, but we are actually warriors, killers, contaminated by something malign and grievous. But still we come.

Easter

Can we stay awake this time? Can we keep the world from ending, not by flood or fire but by its own human hand?

Forms of Desire

Katie Ford’s collection If You Have to Go was in steady rotation for me. I would finish another book, then go back and reread Ford.

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