Vol. 41 No. 1 – Summer 2021

COVER ART “Tar Edge” by Maddison Colvin
The photograph on the cover of this edition of Exponent II was made using a high-resolution scanner late at night by the side of a newly resurfaced road in rural Pennsylvania. Colvin is an interdisciplinary visual artist residing in Orem, Utah. Originally from Washington State, she received a BA from Whitworth University in 2008 and an MFA from Brigham Young University in 2013. She is currently Department Manager for Art at BYU and was most recently an Eliza Moore Fellow at Oak Spring Garden Foundation. Her work focuses on themes of ecology, built environment and communal knowledge, and spans media from drawing to photography to video game design.  maddisoncolvin.com | @maddisoncolvin

LETTER FROM EDITORClosing the Distance” by Rachel Rueckert

POETRY Forty. Quarante. Cuarenta. Quarantine.” by Dayna Patterson

ESSAYSilent on the Stage” by Melissa Dickson Ricks

POETRY Cesarean” by Emily Fuez Jensen

ESSAY Has Motherhood Been What You Expected?” by Katy Ardans

POETRY Our Lady of Cancellation / Consolation” by Dayna Patterson

POETRY Elegant Elect” by Elise Petersen

ESSAY Beloved” by Andi Pitcher Davis

ESSAY I Wanna Hold Your Hand” by Sydney Pritchett

WOMEN’S WORKConnection Despite Distance in the E.R. Healing & Touch” – An Interview with Debra Marie Reynoso

BOOK REVIEWFaith in Mormon Women’s Memoirs” a review of Katie Langston’s Sealed by Nancy Ross

POETRY Today I Hear the Benches Singing” by Marci McPhee

SABBATH PASTORALSJesus’s Women” by Gretta Parkinson Whalen

POETRY Asking” by Sarah Lindsey 

ARTIST FEATURELook Again” – An Interview with Amber Hertzog Weiss

ESSAYA Fish Story” by Orinda Darling

ESSAYThe Belle of the French Quarter” by Cybèle Marie D’Ambrosio

ESSAYA Tale of Ghostly Hauntings & Tiger Dreams” by Judy Ou



Editor-in-Chief Rachel Rueckert 
Managing Editors Carol Ann Litster Young, Sam Layco 
Art Editor Page Turner 
Managing Art Editor Natalie Taylor 
Layout Designer/ Editor Rosie Gochnour Serago 
Women’s Theology Editor Eliza Wells 
Sabbath Pastorals Editor Fara Sneddon 
Poetry Editor Abby Parcell 
Fiction Editor Mette Harrison
Subscription Manager Kirsten Campbell 
Proofreaders Kami Coppins, Cherie Pedersen, Karen Rosenbaum 
Additional Staff Christa Baxter, Heather Sundahl, Kate Bennion, Natalie Prado, Tia Thomas, Tracy Allen



President Barbara Christiansen
Treasurer Susan Christiansen
Secretary Kirsten Campbell
Members Katrina Vinck Baker, Tirza Davis, Lindsay Denton, Margaret Olsen Hemming, Sam Layco, Carol Ann Litster Young, Rachel Rueckert, Carrie Salisbury, Heather Sundahl



Thank you to Maddison Colvin, Amber Hertzog Weiss, Megan Knobloch Geilman, Allison Walker Gaughan, Marissa Albrecht, Charlotte Condie, Laura Erekson, Maria Coit, Sandra Clark Jergensen and Nancy Ross. We are also especially grateful to Victoria-Riza Hyde, who illustrated artwork specifically for Judy Ou’s essay.

Exponent II (ISSN 1094-7760) is published quarterly by Exponent II. Exponent II has no official connection with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Articles published represent the opinions of authors only and not necessarily those of the editor or staff. 

Copyright © 2021 by Exponent II, Inc. All rights reserved. 

Rachel Rueckert is the current editor in chief of the Exponent II Magazine. She is the author of EAST WINDS.

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