Announcing e*lix*ir, a Forthcoming Arts and Letters Journal

e*lix*ir, a new Bahá’í journal of the arts and letters, will soon be launched under the auspices of the Wilmette Institute. The purpose of the online journal will be to foster the growth of the arts by showcasing the work of both established and emerging writers and visual artists in the Bahá’í community and the community at large, including those enrolled in the Wilmette Institute arts workshop course, Practicing the Arts.

e*lix*ir will also serve as a forum in which a Bahá’í aesthetic can be both explored in artwork and discussed in the context of critical essays and book reviews. Marjan Nirou Saniee will serve as the arts editor and Sandra Lynn Hutchison as the literary editor. The magazine represents a promising new development in the evolution of the arts in the Bahá’í community, as, until now, there has been no online journal that might serve as a forum and meeting place for those who practice the arts within the Bahá’í community. Further news of the journal will appear in the Wilmette Institute eNewsletter.

Dr. Sandra Lynn Hutchison is the author of a memoir about China, Chinese Brushstrokes (Turnstone Press,1996), and a booSandra Hutchisonk of poetry, The Art of Nesting (George Ronald Books, 2008). She is the recipient of various awards, including the Emily Dickinson Poetry Prize and a Jane Kenyon Poetry Fellowship, and has served as poetry editor for Puckerbrush Review. She teaches at the University of New Brunswick.

Marjan Nirou Saniee, a practicing visual artist with an interest in collaborative work, holds an MFA degree in painting fromMarjanNirouSaniee Pratt Institute and has taught art at all educational levels. Marjan’s works are in private collections on both coasts. She has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions in the New York and Los Angeles metro areas.  She is a two time recipient of the Union County HEART Grant for her public art projects in New Jersey.

Both Sandra and Marjan are faculty for the Wilmette Institute’s courses The Bahá’í Faith and the Arts and Practicing the Arts, a course devoted to assisting practicing artists generate new works of art. Sandra is also faculty for Finding the Hidden Gift: An Approach to Studying the Bahá’í Writings.

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