Poetry Editors: Passing the Torch

by Brianna Van Dyke October 28, 2014

After seven years with Ruminate, Stephanie Lovegrove will be passing the torch of poetry editor to spend more time on her own writing and on her family.

Stephanie writes: "I have been a fan of Ruminate as a reader, as a contributor, then for my seven years as poetry editor. At this time in my life, it's time for me to step back and enjoy being a Ruminate reader again, as I devote more time to my own writing and to my growing family. I deeply cherish the interactions with Ruminate's contributors and staff, and with Brianna, whose passionate devotion and vision spark all those who come in to contact with her. I look forward to watching Ruminate continue to thrive, and eagerly await the new issues arriving in my mailbox."

Stephanie Lovegrove served as Ruminate's poetry editor since 2007.  She had two poems featured in Ruminate's Issue #04, and we were so impressed with her skills, we quickly invited her to join our staff. Under Stephanie's gracious and talented leadership our poetry department has flourished. Her care and concern for the poems featured in Ruminate was evident to both our readers and our contributors.

We often received encouraging emails and notes remarking on the poetry in Ruminate. One poet sent us this note: "Dear Stephanie, The new issue just arrived in my mailbox. It is gorgeous. I am so proud to have my poetry featured among such memorable art and lovely words. Thank you so much for allowing me the privilege of appearing among your pages."

Another reader and poet wrote this: "I wanted to thank you for the encouragement and inspiration your journal has given me, as a reader and a contributor (and a giver of well-appreciated gift subscriptions!).  My first full-length book has been accepted for publication--five poems in the book first appeared in Ruminate, so you definitely have helped send this little book on its way! Through your pages I have become acquainted with so many fine poets’ work. What a great gift that is! Thank you for your careful, organic editing, beautiful crafting, and publishing of powerful work. "

We couldn't agree more! We are so grateful for Stephanie's volunteer service to Ruminate these past seven years. Thank you Stephanie, and we wish you the best!

We are passing the torch to Kristin George Bagdanov, our new poetry editor.

Kristin is pursuing an MFA in poetry at Colorado State University where she is also a Lilly Graduate Fellow. Kristin also served as Ruminate's fundraising director from June 2013 to Sept 2014. Recent poems can be found in Mid-American Review, Image Journal, The Los Angeles Review, 32 Poems, and other magazines. We are excited to have Kristin on our editorial team!

Below is Kristin's editorial vision for Ruminate's poetry department:

Ruminate’s mission is to chew on “life, faith, and art.” The emphasis on process in this digestive metaphor is central to my own vision for Ruminate’s poetry. I am seeking poems for Ruminate that enact this churning meditation, that break open their own fibrous structure to ask whether they can do anything other than ask, repeatedly, what they are for. I am interested in poems that listen to their own chewing—the humming inside their bodies charted by the line of the poem in whatever form that demands. I’m interested in poems that reach toward God, toward mystery, toward “other” not by naming them as such in the poem, but through the gesture of that reaching. To publish poems that do otherwise, poems that want us believe that the bread has been broken rather than is breaking, that all has been consumed and finished, are not poems that match the yearning in Ruminate’s mission. Rather, we need poems that exist in the space between the crumbs of hope that keep us writing and reaching, poems necessitated by gnawing stomachs that tell us there is so much left to devour, that there is so much left we cannot.

We are thankful for all of our incredible volunteer staff members--Ruminate would be an impossible dream if it were not for these folks! Warmly, Brianna

Brianna Van Dyke
Brianna Van Dyke


Brianna Van Dyke is the founder and editor-in-chief of Ruminate. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, with her husband and their two children on a working CSA farm. In addition to tending to Ruminate, she also enjoys leading retreats in the Ruminate Barn and taking retreats, too.

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