Still Point Arts Quarterly says this about its publication: “a truly beautiful and engaging art and literary journal.” Having held this quarterly in my hands and viewed it online many times over the years, I can attest that this is no hyperbole. Produced four times a year, each issue focuses on a theme and features historical and contemporary art, fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. “The Quarterly has been praised for its rich content as well as its splendid layout and design. Intended for artists, nature lovers, seekers, and enthusiasts of all types.” Themed Cities: Centers of Culture and Creativity, the newest issue holds good to these promises, with art and writing spanning the globe from San Francisco with “Walking Through Time” by Mitchell Near; Nanjing, China with “An Intersection of Time” by Dwight E. Watson; to Carl Boon’s “My Chicago,” Vivien Zielin’s “The Artistic Delicacies of Paris,” and David McVey’s “Glasgow in Squares” – just to name a few. Featured artists include Lorin Cary, Laruen Curtis, Linda Woolven, Theodosia A. G. Tamborlane, Lori Arbel, JoAnn Telemdschinow, David A. Goodrum, Deborah McGill, Caroline de Mauriac, MJU Edwards, Rosalie Sanara Petrouske, Mark Saba, Lu Lius, Nanci Stoeffler, and Jane Gottlieb. The publication is free to read online and available to purchase in print.
Produced four times a year by Shanti Arts, Still Point Arts Quarterly is a truly beautiful and engaging art and literary journal. Each issue focuses on a theme and features historical and contemporary art, fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, “Intended for artists, nature lovers, seekers, and enthusiasts of all types.” The publication is free to download from their website, but this is one journal readers will appreciate having in full-color print. When I look at the online version, it is impressive, but when I hold that copy in my hands, it’s truly immersive. Fitting, because the newest issue is themed “Immersed in Books.” Some featured works include Kathryn DeZure “Turning Fifty with Virgina Woolf,” Megan L. Steusloff “The Books I’ve Read,” Zachary Nelson “A Book is the Fastest Way to Travel,” Terry Barr “Greyhound Seats,” Jane Hertestein “Books as Signposts in Our Life,” Rosalie Sanara Petrouske “The Frangrance of Words,” and Wally Swist “Sam Murry, Bookseller,” as well as many others. Featured art and artists include Helen S. Geld, Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord, and numerous book-related archival artworks and photographs. If you have ANY booklovers in your lives (including yourself), you’re going to want to get a copy of this in their hands (or direct them to the Still Point website for the free download).
Published by Shanti Arts, the Summer 2022 issue of Still Point Arts Quarterly has been released! The theme of this issue is “Gardening: An Instrument of Grace.” It includes the work of roughly fifty artists and writers from around the world and includes essays, poetry, fiction, art, and more. The digital edition is free for anyone who signs up to receive it via email, and print copies are available by subscription or single-issue purchase. Still Point Arts Quarterly is one of the most beautiful, high-quality production art and literary journals on the market. You can view the current art feature here to see for yourself: Art Exhibit. Readers can also download many past issues as well as other art exhibits.
Mixing Mediums is the theme of the spring 2022 issue of Still Point Arts Quarterly, featuring art and photography, fiction and nonfiction, and poetry. Widely praised for its rich and valuable content and splendid presentation. Intended for artists, writers, nature lovers, seekers, and enthusiasts of all types. Find more info at our website.
The Winter 2021 issue of Still Point Arts Quarterly is available digitally and in print. The theme of this issue is Ruins. It includes the work of roughly fifty artists and writers from around the world. Work by Beebe Bahrami, Sandra Fees, Barbara Haas, J. R. Solonche, Zach Murphy, Jen Mierisch, Catherine MacKenzie, Jane Hertenstein, Mercury-Marvin Sunderland, Cici Grove, Terry Allen, Bob Royalty, Martin Willitts Jr., Kiss Moon, Andrew Ilachinski, Diane Danthony, Hall Jameson, and Carol McCord. More info at the Still Point Arts Quarterly website.
“Living on the Water.” Featured writers this issue include Jennifer Novotney, Tricia Gates Brown, Patricia B. Carley, Susan Emeline Bills, Marc Eichen, Jennifer Fearon, Katherine Hauswirth, Barbara Cole, Anthony Cordasco, Karen Bowers, Felecia Babb, Rachel Racette, Debbie Cutler, and Russel Rowland. See this issue’s featured artists at the Still Point Arts Quarterly website.
The theme of this issue is The Art of Isolation: Finding a Silver Lining in the Pandemic Response. It includes the work of roughly fifty artists and writers from around the world. Find more info at the Still Point Arts Quarterly website.
This issue’s theme is “My Deep Love of Place.” Featured writers include Melodie Corrigall, Suzanne Finney, Catherine Young, Amy Cotler, Jeri Ann Griffith, Lawrence Gregory, Sue Schuerman, Cayce Osborne, Penny Milam, David Denny, William Bless, Barbara Cole, Rosalie Sanara Petrouske, and Teresa H. Klepac. Featured artists include Catherine L. Schweig, Walt Hug, Birgit Gutsche, MJ Edwards, and Barbara Anne Kearney. Find more info at the Still Point Arts Quarterly website.
This issue’s theme is “Food and Memory.” Featured writers include Anne Payne Barker, Jessica Chu-A-Kong, Susan Knox, Angela Borda, Harvey Silverman, Wally Swist, Heather M. Surls, Evelyn Louise May, Tina Blade, Madelaine Zadik, and more. Find more info at the Still Point Arts Quarterly website.
I love a good chapbook—something slim and short and perfect for my pandemic-shortened attention span. With this in mind, I was excited to find out Shanti Arts, publisher of literary and art journal Still Point Arts Quarterly, has begun to publish the Spring Leaves Chapbook Series.
The first chapbook in this series was released back in August. The Vermeer Tales by Gail Tyson is “[i]nspired by A. S. Byatt’s The Matisse Stories and Johannes Vermeer’s exquisite paintings of women,” and was written “during a transition from a demanding career to full-time writing in 2017, and finished the last after [Tyson’s] beloved’s brief, terrifying illness and death.”
The chapbook is available now at the Shanti Arts website. There, readers can also have a sneak peek at the contents before purchasing.
Now more than ever it’s important to find the beauty in whatever is around us. As writers, as artists, and as humans struggling through a traumatic period of time, it’s necessary to find bright spots. The Fall 2020 issue of Still Point Arts Quarterly puts this into practice, the theme of the issue being “The Secret Life of Objects.”
Throughout the pages, writers and artists look at what’s around them and capture their beauty. Adrienne Stevenson writes an ode to a “Kitchen Timer,” an appliance one doesn’t have to think much about until it’s gone. Kathleen Miller draws pared-down sketches of telephones, boats, pitchers, eliminating the details to follow Georgia O’Keeffe’s sentiment of “get[ting] at the real meaning of things.” Most of MJ Edwards’s compelling photography focuses on treasures of trash found on the beach, as they wonder about the “untold stories” the objects carry with them.
Art can be found in the everyday items around us, the objects easily overlooked. Don’t forget to look around you and find the beauty and inspiration they can hold.
This issue’s theme is “Making a Mark,” and the current art exhibition explores this theme. Featured artists include David Sapp, Mary Macey Butler, Cary Loving, and others. Featured writers include Karla Van Vliet, Wally Swist, Paula Penna, Dave Gregory, Bethany Bruno, Gergory Stephens, Mary Lane Potter, Roudri Bandyopadhyay, Sarah Brown Weitzman, Mark Tulin, Joe Kowalski, and more. Find more info at the Still Point Arts Quarterly website.
Shanti Arts, publisher of Still Arts Quarterly, has created a new page on their website just for responses to and thoughts on COVID-19. These pieces of writing and art show how to “choose kindness, generosity, and compassion” during these times.
Right now, readers can find art by MJ Edwards, poetry by Heidi Blankenship, photography by Joseph Murphy, and more. Writers and artists who want to contribute their own work can find out how at the website.
The latest issue of Still Point Arts Quarterly is dedicated to “Grandparents and Other Wise Ancestors.” The art centers on this theme and the featured writers share stories of the family who came before them. Of these, Anna Leigh Morrow’s “Home-Canned Magic” really jumped out at me.
Morrow focuses on her grandmother’s house and the magic that seemed to be conjured there. Morrow states that while it’s both her grandparents’ house, calling it “Nana’s house” makes more sense: “Nana is so completely the queen of her domestic domain that I often use only her name when I talk about their home.” I found this piece so easy to relate to, especially now as my family has been cleaning out my grandparents’ house (though I, too, have always called it “grandma’s house”) after my grandpa’s passing in January. Climbing the precarious ladder up to the attic for the first time in years and poking through my grandmother’s old belongings in the rafters brought back my own memories of childhood magic at my own “Nana’s house.”
Morrow reveres her grandmother in the ways she has sacrificed for her family and continues to love and support them throughout the years. She details moments of magic—her green thumb, her ability to create through cooking for her grandchildren, her ability to show others where to find their own magic.
Simple and straight forward, Morrow lets readers into her Nana’s kitchen for a visit, letting us get to know the woman who encouraged and inspired her as she grew up. This piece is welcoming and full of love, a nice thing to read as a reminder of the good that surrounds us during the chaos of current events.
The Spring 2020 issue of Still Point Arts Quarterly celebrates “Grandparents and Other Wise Ancestors.” Featured artists include Karla Van Vliet, Julia Michie Bruckner, Paul Polydorou, and Sheri Vanermolen. Featured writers include Claire Ibarra, Angela Wright, Marianne Mersereau, Janet Sunderland, Gail Tyson, Ilene Dube, Wayne Lee, Douglas Cole, Marc Morgenstern, Denise Tolan, Kaia Gallagher, Anna Leigh Morrow, and Joe Cottonwood.