’s Art Matters campaign, I wanted to tell a story.
I wanted to tell you how Ruminate
was one of the first literary magazines I subscribed to. How it accompanied me to the beach. How I used Nicole Rollender’s poem “Necessary Work” from Issue 25 in the first creative writing class I taught. How my copies of Ruminate
made the select collection of books that traveled with me across the country from South Florida to Portland, Oregon.
But if you’ve been following our blog, Facebook, and Twitter you know that many writers, artists, and readers of Ruminate
and across the literary community have already done this. So if you’re looking for stories about how Ruminate
has changed, molded, and enriched lives, I suggest you dive into these posts here: Thank You, Ruminate by Jeremy B. Jones The Necessity of Ruminate Magazine by Haley Littleton Ruminate is More Than a Literary Journal by Laura Droege What Ruminate Gave Me by Dave Harrity Why Art Matters: Because Arts Don’t Just “Happen” by Judith Deem Dupree Art Matters: Why I Joined Ruminate by Paula Weinman
Art Matters: Save Ruminate by Brianna Van Dyke
So instead of telling you a story about how much Ruminate
means to me, I’m going to take a more direct approach. If you believe that art matters, that editors, artists, and writers should be compensated for their work, join us in supporting Ruminate by either donating or sharing.
And if you’re still on the fence, here are five more reasons why you should donate to (and/or share) the Art Matters campaign:
1. Ruminate Looks and Feels Great in Your Hands
Have you actually seen and held this magazine in real life? It’s gorgeous. Printed with a perfect binding on thick, 8x10” dull-glossed paper, it feels natural and comfortable in your hands. Perfect for flipping through on the kitchen table next to your morning coffee and eggs or open across a blanket on a sunny day in the park.
The designers of Ruminate
make the words and images greet your eyes softly. Even more, it’s one of the only magazines that prints visual art in color. No need to scroll or wait for images to load on these pages. Enjoy the tangible, physical satisfaction of turning a real page.
2. Ruminate Supports Writers and Artists
If you’ve ever submitted work to a literary magazine, you know it’s rare that contributors are paid for their work. Ruminate
believes that art and literature are valuable, and that means supporting artists. Ruminate
currently pays $15/poem and $15/400 words for prose. Again, this is very rare in the small literary magazine world.
Isn’t it time we told the world that writing and art isn’t dispensable? That it’s worth something? Let’s support a magazine that believes art matters.
3. Ruminate Will Soothe and Move Your Soul
Here again, I want to tell a story. I want to tell you how the imagery and soul in Emily Rose Cole’s poem “Allegheny County, 1888: Ava Remembers Her Canaries”
of Issue 33 forced me to read it over and over and over, breaking my heart each time.
How Sophfronia Scott’s “Why I Must Dance Like Tony Manero” kept me company through a turbulent transatlantic flight. But I don’t have to tell you about my
reading experiences. Ruminate
exists so you may have them on your own. You can order a copy right now, crack it open, and let yourself “chew” on life, faith, and art.
4. Ruminate Explores Themes of Faith with Artistic Integrity
I’m going to say something that may be a bit controversial. In recent decades, faith-based art has been criticized for its lack of depth. Words like “insincere,” “surface-level,” “exclusionary” have circled faith-based art.
These criticisms aren’t without merit. In my opinion, some faith-based art fears plunging into the darker, deeper, heavier colors of life, and thus puts forth timid, plastic work. Ruminate is not a place for insincerity. It’s a forum for real, contemplative, courageous truth-telling.
I think Haley Littleton explains this best in her recent blog post
When I picked up my first copy of Ruminate Magazine, I felt I had finally found what I was looking for in a literary journal: a place where faith was taken seriously but not at the expense of poetic form and content.
Surrounded by a sea of trite, clichéd manifestations of Christianity, cheap words and cheesy tactics, I was desperate for expression that was serious and contemplative…
But what about those of us who love the frills of truth? Who love the complexity, the beauty of what we believe to be true?
This is the necessity of Ruminate Magazine.
Yes. Ruminate, complexity, and the “frills of truth” are necessities.
5. Ruminate is Reader Supported
is not backed by a major university. You will not see obtrusive ads within its pages. It is entirely reader supported. Another rarity in the world of literary magazines.
To me, this is how art should function—in a beautiful circle. Artists give to the community food for the soul, the community gives back by supporting artists.
With that in mind, please join me in supporting Ruminate.
Let’s continue to tell the world that beautiful things, meaningful things, the “frills and complexities of truth” have value. Let’s tell the world Art Matters.
Renee Long is a writer, teacher, and novice scuba diver in San Diego, California. She is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and was a finalist for the Cossack Review 2017 October Poetry Prize. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Florida Atlantic University. Her work can be found in Crazyhorse, Rock and Sling, Tiger’s Eye: A Journal of Poetry, The Ruminate Blog, and elsewhere. Renee's blog, LitHabits for Life, explores the connections between writing routine, wellness, and lifestyle habits. Connect with @hayreneenay on Twitter and Instagram or on her website, reneelongwrites.com.
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