Vol. 42 No. 3 — Winter 2023

COVER ART — “Gloves with Pink Stripes” by Mary Sinner
I’m fascinated by cultural symbols that migrate from “high” to “low” cultures and back again. Cultural understanding is constantly mobile in relation to “stuff” viewed through a postmodern lens. Depending on the context, the subject can morph into a myriad of people, places, or things. @marysinnerart | marysinnerfineart.com

LETTER FROM EDITOR “Holy In All Its Forms” by Carol Ann Litster Young

ESSAY “A Tongue to Cry to Thee” by Sarah Safsten

POETRY “Home” by Kameron Abilla

WOMEN’S WORK  To Ukraine With Love” — An Interview with Svitlana Miller

ESSAY Run. Breathe. Repeat.” by Heidi Toth

BOOK REVIEW of Carol Lynn Pearson’s The Love Map, Reviewed by Rachel Rueckert

ARTIST FEATURE “Places Made Important By the People” — Interview with Alejandra Ramos

ESSAYLetting Go of My Holy Place” by Alma Frances Pellett

ESSAYWandering in Wilderness” by Aislynn Collier

ESSAYDumpster Sunday School” by Holly Mancuso

BLOG FEATURE by Natasha Rogers, Kaylee McElroy, Jody England Hansen

ESSAY “Sepulchre” by Cynthia W. Connell

ESSAYMycelium Mothering” by Shannon Milliman

BOOK REVIEW of Rachel Rueckert’s East Winds, Reviewed by Nancy Ross

ESSAY What Makes a Place Holy?” by Emily Fisher Gray

POETRY “Three Degrees” by Lauren Simpson

ESSAY “Shifting Sands” by Andee Bowden, Contest-Winning Essay

POETRY “Peter — In That Instant” by Lorraine Jeffrey, Contest-Winning Poem

POETRYTabernacle of Flesh” by Allyson Turner



Editor-in-Chief Rachel Rueckert 
Managing Editor Carol Ann Litster Young
Art Editor Page Turner 
Managing Art Editor Natalie Taylor 
Layout Designer & Editor Rosie Gochnour Serago 
Women’s Theology Editor Eliza Wells 
Poetry Editor Abby Parcell
Blog Feature Editor Katie Ludlow Rich
Subscription Manager Gwen Volmar 
Proofreaders Kami Coppins, Cherie Pedersen, Karen Rosenbaum 
Additional Staff Kif Augustine, Kate Bennion, Andee Bowden, Pandora Brewer, Kim Ence, Alma Frances Pellett, Lisa Hadley, Caroleine James, Jessica Mitton, Margaret Olsen Hemming, Tia Thomas



President Lori LeVar Pierce
Vice President & Secretary Lindsay Denton
Treasurer Jeanine Bean
Secretary Kirsten Campbell
Members Crystal Adams, Andee Bowden, Carol Ann Litster Young, Rachel Rueckert, Nancy Ross, Heather Sundahl



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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. 

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

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