26 Authors Team Up to Search for God in Poetry and Creative Nonfiction

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The Spring 2013 issue of The Whirlwind Review showcases new literary work exploring paths to the sacred.

Our goal is to offer authors a platform for exploring the sacred through their art.

The Whirlwind Review, an online literary journal focusing on the relationship between writing and spirituality, has gone online with its 4th issue at writingthewhirlwind.net. In the new issue, authors express their beliefs, doubts, fears, and longings about the sacred through spoken word video, haiku, personal essays, and mixed-genre works.

“The mission of The Whirlwind Review is to highlight writing as a spiritual practice,” says editor Jill Jepson, author of Writing as a Sacred Path and blogger at writingasasacredpath.blogspot.com. “Writing is a search for meaning in a confusing world. Our goal is to offer authors a platform for exploring the sacred through their art.”

Contributors to The Whirlwind Review include followers of traditional religions as well as writers who consider themselves spiritual rather than religious. They delve into questions about the search for faith, the value of spirituality in everyday life, and specific spiritual practices such as meditation and prayer. They also explore the writing process itself in poetry and essays about creativity, inspiration, and the challenges of the writing life.

The inclusion of spoken-word video in the new issue marks a departure for The Whirlwind Review, which has previously focused on printed works. “When Demi Anter first approached me with the idea of including her video ‘God’s Face’ in this issue, I was skeptical about how that would work for the review,” says Jepson. “But the minute I saw the video, which was filmed at Off the Page, a spoken word open mic event, I was so intrigued by her unique voice and vision, I knew it would be an outstanding addition.”

The Whirlwind Review also features works by the Elon G. Eidenier, author of Draw Fire, Catch Flame; American Academy of Religion award-winner David Breeden; former poet laureate of Jersey City Aaron Middlepoet Jackson; and a host of others.

The Whirlwind Review (http://www.writingthewhirlwind.net) is a publication of Writing as a Sacred Path (writingasasacredpath.blogspot.com) a site for writers and spiritual explorers.

Editor Jill Jepson is the author of three books, and more than 60 articles, and a professor at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She can be reached at jill(at)writingthewhirlwind(dot)net.

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