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This site grows out of the dynamic low-residency MFA in Creative Writing program based at Seattle Pacific University. At the heart of this blog will be creative writing by the talented authors emerging from our program. Continue Reading …

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Poetry at the Goodwill

By Vic Sizemore

When I was a soccer-obsessed fifteen-year-old, I had no use for poetry. I endured my school hours like a crated dog, waiting to get out on the field.

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Walking Toward Forgiveness

By Allison Backous Troy

Outside our trailer park, a set of railroad tracks ran from east to west, dividing us from the police station that sat half a mile down the road.

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When the Matches Go Out

By Shannon Huffman Polson

When Marie-Henri Beyle visited Florence, that city named for its place among waters, he thought the art he came across might kill him.

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Interior Music

By Ann Conway

I dread my annual hearing tests, which involve sitting in a grey padded booth. High tones I hear well through the headphones.

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The Creationist Crisis

By Vic Sizemore

Recently my brother had a DNA test done to see what our nationality/ethnicity breakdown is.

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Risen Words

By Jan Vallone

A book was sleeping inside me. It was somewhere deep and warm, somewhere just beneath my heart. At first, the words free-floated lightly, whispering so I could barely hear them.

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The Rich, the Poor, and Jesus

By Vic Sizemore

In November of 2013, Oxfam International released the results of a study that found an ever-growing concentration of the world’s wealth into the hands of a very few.
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A Blaze of Holy Unease, Part 1

By Shannon Huffman Polson

“Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all who delight in them.” —Psalm 111:2
As I drove home from the Methow Valley a week ago, I listened to Krista Tippett interview Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann.
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God’s Grandeur

By MFA Faculty Jeanne Murray Walker

I’m up at 5:30 in the morning, packing, then gazing out the window at Whidbey Island as I wait for a pick-up. Wind rattles the cold panes. Behind me, a fire flares in the fireplace. Continue Reading …

The Final Roll Call

By Shannon Huffman Polson

Ritual matters most within community: within the brother and sisterhood of arms, within the relations of a family. Continue Reading …



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