Sunday, January 09, 2011

Journals that focus on poetry of the spirit

I'm happy to have had my poems recently appear in these journals with a focus on poetry with a spiritual theme:

Now under the editorship of Maria Melendez, this print journal describes itself as "a small magazine living the big questions; a community-in-print serving an eclectic fellowship of readers, writers, artists, naturalists, contemplatives, activists, seekers, adventurers, and other kindred spirits." I like their emphasis on the natural world.

Ruminate Magazine
An attractive print journal that looks for poetry and prose pieces that "resonate with the complexity and truth of the Christian faith ... literature and art that speaks to the existence of our daily lives while nudging us toward a greater hope. Because of this, we strive to publish quality work accounting for the grappling pleas, as well as the quiet assurances of an authentic faith"

And I've had work in past issues of the gorgeous print journal Image:
Image Journal 
"Art, faith, mystery." Their inclusion of full-color art work and articles on the visual arts makes this journal an appealing read.

So far, I've never made it into the pages of these magazines, but they're interesting spiritually-oriented journals:


Ruah/The Power of Poetry 

Of course, many American literary magazines include poems with spiritual themes, but there seem to be few that focus on spirituality. Kind of surprising in a country that has been described as one of the countries with the most people who describe themselves as religious or spiritual.

Any additions to this list? Maybe there's an opportunity here to start something new.


  1. I published a couple of Biblically-themed poems a while back in the Harvard Review of Feminist Studies and Religion. A fascinating academic journal!

  2. Great list! I just recently picked up Image -- it's a great journal.

    Not sure if you lost my blog -- it's The Scrapper Poet Karen Weyant

  3. The annual Best Spiritual Writing series always includes poems. (I don't think that's something one can offer one's work to, though.)

  4. I think Tin House is working on having a them on the ecstatic. Might want to check that out.

  5. Sorry, that's *theme* on the ecstatic.