Instress: Journal of the Arts

Instress accepts well-polished poetry, short fiction (up to 1500 words), high quality digital images, and art submissions. We publish our journal every April (submissions are due at the end of January to If you are interested in joining the Instress editorial/design team and/or if you are simply interested in learning more about our student-run journal of the arts, please contact Dr. Matthew Nickel.

What is Instress:

"Instress is an action of the will—a moral action, for good or evil. Instress is assent, to use Newman's term, to an

inscape. To call out an inscape is a pleasure, though not one necessarily leading to God; . . . But the ability to see and instress inscapes is the imaginative faculty that makes love possible."

—Bernadette Waterman Ward, World as Word: Philosophical Theology in Gerard Manley Hopkins

What is Instress at Misericordia:

An opportunity of the artistic and literary imagination to make possible something—call it love or even grandeur—like the following, from Gerard Manley Hopkins' "God's Grandeur":

And for all this,nature is never spent;

There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs—
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.

Instress Journal
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Instress Journal
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