It is with a mix of gratitude and sadness that Ruminate announces the departure of our founder, Brianna Van Dyke, from her thirteen-year-long tenure as editor-in-chief. In January 2020 Brianna will step down from her position to pursue her own creative writing, leaving Ruminate in the capable hands of its dedicated staff.
Over the past decade, Brianna has ensured that the quality of Ruminate's work and specific point of view nurtures its readers. 2020 will be a time of transition for the magazine. The Board of Trustees will act as interim caretakers and help the magazine find a new home at a respected university. It’s a responsibility we take seriously—we’re searching for a partner who will not only preserve Ruminate’s unique voice and perspective, but provide the resources and vision that will become the cornerstone of the next phase of Ruminate’s extraordinary life.
As President of the Board I want to celebrate the organization that Brianna has worked so hard to build, and that all of you, our readers and contributors, have helped to support over the years. Under Brianna’s leadership, Ruminate has become a vibrant and contemplative home for literature and art. She has overseen the development of Ruminate's staff and board, fundraising, circulation, internship program, our online blog, and the publication of fifty-three issues of the magazine.
You know what a gift this publication is. Work published in Ruminate is consistently recognized each year by national anthologies like Best American Essays, Best New Poets, Best American Short Stories, and The Pushcart Prize. Her tireless efforts have established an award-winning literary arts magazine with a dedicated community and passionate volunteer force.
Brianna shares her personal thoughts on this transition in the editor’s note of Issue 53: Shelter. In her own words, "The past thirteen years tending to Ruminate have been a gift.” As a reader, supporter, and now as a caretaker, I can only say the same of her work. Brianna has built this space to honor her commitment to pauses and consideration, to asking questions without easy answers. Within the pages of Ruminate, we’re invited to slow down, read deeply, and encounter poetry, stories, and art that help us live more fully awake.
I hope you will join the Board and everyone at Ruminate in thanking Brianna for her service and wishing her well as she enters a new chapter of her creative life. You can also follow Brianna’s new endeavors at briannavandyke.com. Ruminate will be here for the seekers for many years to come. We’re honored to have you join us for the next phase of our journey.
Board of Trustees President
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