About Us

ru’mi-nate: to chew the cud; to muse; to meditate; to think again; to ponder

Ruminate is a nonprofit, reader-supported community chewing on the mysteries of life, faith, and art. We invite slowing down, paying attention, and living awake. We love laughter. And we delight in telling the truth, asking questions, and doing “small things with great love,” as Mother Theresa said. 

We know that our days are often busy and loud, yet we feel empty and asleep. Storytelling and art reminds us to slow down and live more fully awake with compassion, creativity, and curiosity. Subscribe and join our community—let's stay awake together!

Our History

Ruminate is brought to you from Fort Collins, Colorado. It was created in April 2006 by a group of fellow writers, artists, and believers who wanted a space for the thoughtful expressions of those who are nudged forward, backward, and sideways by faith in God.

We realized we were not the only ones desiring an outlet and community of this sort, so we began fashioning Ruminate in between prayers of doubt and hope, the birth of children, going back to grad school, and, of course, our day jobs. Ruminate is and always will be an act of faith. 

Our Staff

Our staff volunteers countless hours to Ruminate's work and community. We are all “doing” Ruminate because we believe in it, in the beauty, wakefulness, curiosity, and grace it attempts to reflect.

editor-in-chief and publisher
BRIANNA VAN DYKE
managing editor
KRISTIN NORTON
marketing and outreach director
KEIRA HAVENS

senior editor
AMY LOWE

poetry editor
KRISTIN GEORGE BAGDANOV

visual art editor
STEFANI ROSSI

ruminate blog editor
RENEE LONG

associate readers
ERIKA LEWIS • JOHN PATRICK HARTY • 

interns
PAULA WEINMAN

print designer
ABBY MITCHELL

web designer
SCOTT LAUMANN