Winter 2012

By Kathyrn Lynard

Will it last?

That’s the question asked by a prominent member of the Mormon literati (who shall not be named) back in 2005, shortly after the first issue of Segullah was born. Although his inquiry was good-natured, my response was a bit bristly. I was, after all, a proud new mom who’d recently sweated through untold hours of hard labor with my devoted sister-editors. Our literary baby brimmed with new life and endless potential. How could anyone look upon its pink-cheeked awesomeness with any degree of doubt?

I feel the same confidence and hope now, as we send the journal’s ultimate print edition to press. Featuring the winners of our annual writing contests as well as seminal pieces from our archives, this is Segullah at its finest. No longer a baby, the publication has grown over seven years and sixteen issues to become a stronger, wiser, richer iteration of its nascent self—and its rebirth in digital format will only expand its lifespan. Nobody will miss the ink-and-paper edition of Segullah more than we, the stewards of its progress these many seasons, yet we know in our very bones the truth of Mother Nature’s prime directive: evolve, or die.

As many of our head editors (myself among them) step back to make way for the rising generation, I give profound thanks to the original journal staff as well as to those who have played key roles in nurturing its evolution. I likewise thank our incoming team, especially our intrepid managing editor, Karen Austin, for enduring the pains of creative transition so that the new face of Segullah may emerge. And I thank each of our contributors, whether they served behind the scenes or on the front lines, for being part of our collective peculiar treasure.

Join us online at segullah.org to watch the future of our publication and its sustaining community unfold. No, it won’t be the same—and that’s the point. Today I couldn’t begin to count the number of hours invested in this journal of women-centered, gospel-grounded literary art, nor the number of lives it has enriched. But I can say that, not in spite of change but because of it, we’re here to stay.

Hope you enjoy this month’s journal!

Kathryn Lynard Soper


Personal Essays
Roots and Branches: An Abbreviated Encyclopedia of Genealogy by Holly Baker (Contest Winner)
For the Welfare of Your Soul by Courtney Kendrick
What I learned of Love That Day by Heather Holland Duncan
When Life Begins by Kerry Spencer
To Ask or Not to Ask: That is the Question by Kristen Ott Hogan
Patterns of Dark and Light by Jennifer Delapp Pocock
Grace in the Making by Lila King
Barcelona, Venezuela: 1998 by Brittney Poulsen Carman
Best by Cecilia Wilbur
A Reduction by Laura Sheffield Dutson
See Your Beauty, Feel Your Power by Angela Schultz

A New Sound by Rosalyn Ostler (Contest Winner)
The Universe: How to See It (Page Thirty-Six) (Honorable Mention) and January Migration by Terresa Wellborn
Sister and Numberless by Merrijane Rice
Forecast and Swine (Honorable Mention) by Marilyn Nelson Nielson
Coming to the Table, Not Alone by Jerie Sandholtz Jacobs
Black Spain by Dayna Patterson
An Echo Canyon Adoption by Heather Holland Duncan
Lacuna by Katherine Parker Richmond
Winter Lullaby by Karen Kelsay
Cane Testimony: Jacob 4:5-8 and Michigan Rainbow: Flight to the Sealing by Heather Harris Bergevin



About Kathyrn Lynard

(Founding Editor) is the author of the memoir The Year My Son and I Were Born (Globe Pequot Press, 2009) and the editor of four published anthologies. She contributes to Mormon forums from Meridian Magazine to Sunstone on a variety of topics including gender issues, disability, mental health, sexuality, family life, and spirituality.

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