A New Chapter for Ruminate

A New Chapter for Ruminate

by Ruminate Magazine November 22, 2019 7 Comments

Dear friends,

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.comRuminate 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.

Sincerely, 

Keira Havens
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Board of Trustees President
Ruminate Magazine




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7 Responses

Anne McGrath
Anne McGrath

November 25, 2019

Thank you Brianna and everyone at Ruminate for producing a luminous, dignified, and elegant magazine that stands out in the crowded field of lit journals. Your support of new and established writers has delighted us, your readers, with voices that touch our hearts and open our minds.

June
June

November 23, 2019

Ms. VanDyke, Thank you for persevering in promoting great literature and art. I only recently came across your magazine and have been showing and sharing my issues with other writers. You have created a superb magazine that inspires everyone to keep growing and stretching and trying their best. Accolades to you! Best of luck to you in all your future endeavors. Be Blessed!

Jendi
Jendi

November 22, 2019

Thank you for launching and nurturing a great magazine.

Sandra Soli
Sandra Soli

November 22, 2019

Thank you, Brianna, for your leadership in bringing one of the most beautiful publications in the world to press. We not only enjoy its beauty, but we also enjoy the process of thinking while reading each issue. I hope a good home will be found very soon. My life is richer for the delight your team has made possible.

Richard Terrell
Richard Terrell

November 22, 2019

Congratulations on your courage and vision in founding and nurturing RUMINATE. It’s a very classy publication that in its physical structure and content embodies excellence and beauty. I enjoyed the times at the sponsored conferences and thank you for the opportunity to share some of my artwork for fundraising purposes. Best wishes to you, and God bless your efforts and creativity always.

Barbara Crooker
Barbara Crooker

November 22, 2019

I wish you well, Brianna, in your next ventures! I always enjoyed talking wit you when our paths crossed (The Lutheran Writers’ Conference, The Festival of Faith and Writing. Good luck and Godspeed!

Cathy Beres
Cathy Beres

November 22, 2019

Wishing Brianna the very best in her next endeavors. She has molded a most beautiful publication that we are fortunate to be able to enjoy with each publication. It is my fervent wish that the spirit of Ruminate will remain as is, it is much needed in this world. Thank you, Brianna, and the staff of Ruminate for your thoughtful and hard work in creating this unique publication. Carry on!

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