Eric Muhr

Eric Muhr - Editor

Newberg, OR, USA

I'm a publisher and executive editor responsible for six imprints, an online magazine, and a quarterly reader.

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Overview

I launched three new imprints and released thirteen titles last year as publisher at Barclay Press, a small, Quaker publishing house in Newberg, Oregon. I started there as executive editor of Meetinghouse, where I focused on identifying, developing, and promoting new and diverse voices, engaging issues of authenticity, community, justice, equality, simplicity, peace, and creation care. I work closely with first-time authors on every step of the process: ideation, structure, writing, revision, marketing, design, and distribution. Before Barclay Press, I taught research writing at a local university and media production for high school students.

I specialize in poetry, Quaker nonfiction, and short essays from never-before-published LGBTQ and/or QPOC writers (and I’m open to other genres as well). I edit roughly 10,000 pages a year and have a reputation for quick turn-arounds and clean, compelling text.

What are you working on? I’d love to help!
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Christian (Non-Fiction)
LGBTQ (non fiction)
Publishing
Religion & Spirituality
Fiction
Inspirational
Poetry
Short Story

Work experience

Publisher

Barclay Press
August, 2015 – Present (about 4 years)

I'm a half-time publisher and executive editor, overseeing six imprints that release a dozen titles, a quarterly reader, and an adult-education curriculum line each year. I oversee every part of the publishing process from writer recruiting and project ideation, to manuscript development, editing teams, design, marketing, and distribution.

Teacher - Media Production

C.S. Lewis Academy
September, 2013 – December, 2014 (about 1 year)

I helped students find the best free online tools for print publication and guided their discovery of how those tools work, as they negotiated together what kind of book to produce and how to get it done. I provided day-to-day oversight of that process.

Adjunct Instructor - College Writing

George Fox University
August, 2011 – April, 2016 (over 4 years)

I designed and facilitated a multiplayer role-playing game – students developed personal avatars, partnered together to overcome obstacles and formed guilds with which they traveled – to increase student motivation and focus student effort on skills development in Writing 110: College Writing.

Teacher - Media, Writing, Literature

Nampa Christian Schools
August, 2005 – December, 2009 (over 4 years)

I taught introduction to journalism, newspaper production, yearbook production, grammar and composition, introduction to world literature, American literature, and honors American literature courses.

Contract Writer, Social Media Manager

Self-employed
October, 2004 – January, 2017 (over 12 years)

I researched and wrote a daily column that appeared in the Ellensburg, Washington, Daily Record and the Nampa, Idaho, Press-Tribune. I also contracted with the Idaho State Department of Education and the Idaho State Board of Education, providing writing, editing, and photography. I managed social media and served on a team that offered oversight for Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Church communications efforts, identifying people with stories, experiences, and insights that might inspire and challenge the members of the community. I was responsible for sharing those stories, experiences, and insights through various online and print channels.

Reporter - Education, Legislature

Idaho Press-Tribune
September, 2003 – September, 2004 (about 1 year)

I tracked local, state, and national education trends and legislative issues that affect Canyon County residents. My specialization was in charter school law and state testing/remediation requirements under No Child Left Behind.

Portfolio (24 selected works)

Presence and Process: A Path Toward Transformative Faith and Inclusive Community

Daniel Coleman

The North American Christian church of the early twenty-first century finds itself in a period of decline. A growing percentage of young adults are not entering the front doors of churches while at the same time older and previously dedicated Christians are leaving. Coinciding with the deflation of the Western church is the explosion in popular culture of the mindfulness movement, which emphas... read more

The North American Christian church of the early twenty-first century finds itself in a period of decline. A growing percentage of young adults are not entering the front doors of churches while at the same time older and previously dedicated Christians are leaving. Coinciding with the deflation of the Western church is the explosion in popular culture of the mindfulness movement, which emphas... read more

Love Is Deeper Than Distance: Poems of Love, Death, a Little Sex, Als, Dementia and the Widow's Life Thereafter

Peg Edera

Our love songs have no shadows. We dare not acknowledge the deep love that can coexist with loss. But in this timely and timeless collection, Peg Edera offers what we didn't know we needed: a proposal in the dark, a squad car filled with lilacs, tears saved for the right time, toast and honey.The world of illness and dying is demanding and complex. Peg documents the love of her life, her husba... read more

Our love songs have no shadows. We dare not acknowledge the deep love that can coexist with loss. But in this timely and timeless collection, Peg Edera offers what we didn't know we needed: a proposal in the dark, a squad car filled with lilacs, tears saved for the right time, toast and honey.The world of illness and dying is demanding and complex. Peg documents the love of her life, her husba... read more

As Clean as a Bone

Wheatfall Emmett

Emmett Wheatfall's As Clean as a Bone is a collection of poems for both the heart and the mind, a collection seasoned with the vital and invigorating salt of poetry and wisdom. Through clean, crafted lines that ring out, these remarkable poems question history, memory, culture. These poems don't just talk: they wrestle with experience, they debate, they think and play, they sing out with love ... read more

Emmett Wheatfall's As Clean as a Bone is a collection of poems for both the heart and the mind, a collection seasoned with the vital and invigorating salt of poetry and wisdom. Through clean, crafted lines that ring out, these remarkable poems question history, memory, culture. These poems don't just talk: they wrestle with experience, they debate, they think and play, they sing out with love ... read more

Face to Face: Early Quaker Encounters with the Bible

T Vail Palmer, Jr.

The writings of George Fox, Edward Burrough, and Margaret Fell demonstrate that at least these three, first-generation Friends, were reading the Bible with empathy. They stood within the thought and life-world of the earliest Christians and looked at the world through the window of biblical faith. For them the heart of the Bible lay in its personal narratives-the stories of living men, women, ... read more

The writings of George Fox, Edward Burrough, and Margaret Fell demonstrate that at least these three, first-generation Friends, were reading the Bible with empathy. They stood within the thought and life-world of the earliest Christians and looked at the world through the window of biblical faith. For them the heart of the Bible lay in its personal narratives-the stories of living men, women, ... read more

Because of This: Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching: How to Live, Love, and Lead

Jim Teeters

While teaching English in China, Jim Teeters received a copy of the Tao Te Ching from a student. Jim writes that he was drawn to Lao Tzu's ancient meditations on what it means to be a human instrument guided by the power of the right way. Drawing on his Quaker experience of submission to the Inner Light, "the voice of Christ who speaks to my condition," Jim waited with each of Lao Tzu's eighty... read more

While teaching English in China, Jim Teeters received a copy of the Tao Te Ching from a student. Jim writes that he was drawn to Lao Tzu's ancient meditations on what it means to be a human instrument guided by the power of the right way. Drawing on his Quaker experience of submission to the Inner Light, "the voice of Christ who speaks to my condition," Jim waited with each of Lao Tzu's eighty... read more

Going the Extra Mile: Adventures with God in Seventy-Five Countries

Norval Hadley

Raised on a prune farm in rural Oregon, in a family with deep religious roots, Dr. Norval Hadley thought he might be a pastor someday. But after the farm boy and his friends won a barbershop harmony contest, everything changed. That foursome is remembered as the world-famous Four Flats, and in 1956 the quartet signed on with World Vision. They appeared with Billy Graham, performed on the ABC r... read more

Raised on a prune farm in rural Oregon, in a family with deep religious roots, Dr. Norval Hadley thought he might be a pastor someday. But after the farm boy and his friends won a barbershop harmony contest, everything changed. That foursome is remembered as the world-famous Four Flats, and in 1956 the quartet signed on with World Vision. They appeared with Billy Graham, performed on the ABC r... read more

Death Will Come

Bill Denham

In death will come, poet Bill Denham attempts what is nearly impossible, coming to terms with the approaching end of life without nostalgia or sentimentality. And in this collection, he succeeds, offering his astonishing gift to the world, a testament to a life lived, suffered, and loved in open-hearted service and wonder. The poems are interrelated confessions that speak directly to Denham's ... read more

In death will come, poet Bill Denham attempts what is nearly impossible, coming to terms with the approaching end of life without nostalgia or sentimentality. And in this collection, he succeeds, offering his astonishing gift to the world, a testament to a life lived, suffered, and loved in open-hearted service and wonder. The poems are interrelated confessions that speak directly to Denham's ... read more

A Long Road: How Quakers Made Sense of God and the Bible

T Vail Palmer

By the beginning of the nineteenth century, the effort to keep outside influences from impacting Quaker spirituality was clearly failing. Many Friends were impressed by the Enlightenment emphasis on reason in religion and commitment to religious and political freedom. Many others were caught up in Evangelical enthusiasm and commitment to social justice.The result was a series of separations an... read more

By the beginning of the nineteenth century, the effort to keep outside influences from impacting Quaker spirituality was clearly failing. Many Friends were impressed by the Enlightenment emphasis on reason in religion and commitment to religious and political freedom. Many others were caught up in Evangelical enthusiasm and commitment to social justice.The result was a series of separations an... read more

Malone University: A Commemorative History, 1892-2017

Jacalynn J Stuckey

From the first motto "Out and Out for Christ" to today's "Christ's Kingdom First."A tiny institution that drew a mere handful of students on its first day may have seemed too inauspicious to garner local media attention. Indeed, the unpretentious training school opened with little fanfare. And yet, a century and a quarter later, the school endures - in a new location, with a new name, and with... read more

From the first motto "Out and Out for Christ" to today's "Christ's Kingdom First."A tiny institution that drew a mere handful of students on its first day may have seemed too inauspicious to garner local media attention. Indeed, the unpretentious training school opened with little fanfare. And yet, a century and a quarter later, the school endures - in a new location, with a new name, and with... read more

A Mess of Relatives

Kristen Sandoz, Jennifer Schulze

A Mess of Relatives is designed to support early literacy skills development and a life-long love of reading. The front cover is more illustrated than the back, so it is obvious how to hold the book. Left to right movement of both text and illustrations reinforce directionality. Wonky text placement on page twenty-five supports one-to-one correspondence and develops print awareness. Engaging i... read more

A Mess of Relatives is designed to support early literacy skills development and a life-long love of reading. The front cover is more illustrated than the back, so it is obvious how to hold the book. Left to right movement of both text and illustrations reinforce directionality. Wonky text placement on page twenty-five supports one-to-one correspondence and develops print awareness. Engaging i... read more

Praying for Justice: A Lectionary of Christian Concern

R Anderson Campbell, Steve Sherwood

The Shalom of God

Howard Macy

The world hungers for peace. People are starved for peace. No doubt this points to a universal, timeless hope, but now it seems acute. We see peace rallies and vigils, blogs, workshops, internet activism, relief work in war-torn areas, mediators working with families and nations, and ordinary folks everywhere trying to reduce the effects of racism, discrimination, and economic injustice. What ... read more

The world hungers for peace. People are starved for peace. No doubt this points to a universal, timeless hope, but now it seems acute. We see peace rallies and vigils, blogs, workshops, internet activism, relief work in war-torn areas, mediators working with families and nations, and ordinary folks everywhere trying to reduce the effects of racism, discrimination, and economic injustice. What ... read more

Rhythms of Grace: Life-Saving Disciplines for Spiritual Leaders

David Williams

There is no greater privilege in the Christian life than to serve as a spiritual leader within the body of Christ. Unfortunately, we are in the midst of a genuine crisis in the church today. Pastors and other spiritual leaders are leaving vocational ministry faster than we can replace them. This is due primarily to the crippling effects of burnout, a pastoral pathology resulting from a lethal ... read more

There is no greater privilege in the Christian life than to serve as a spiritual leader within the body of Christ. Unfortunately, we are in the midst of a genuine crisis in the church today. Pastors and other spiritual leaders are leaving vocational ministry faster than we can replace them. This is due primarily to the crippling effects of burnout, a pastoral pathology resulting from a lethal ... read more

Close to the Ground: A Collection of Poems

Nancy Thomas

Ordinary grace disguises itself in faded irises, traffic signs, convoluted meetings for worship for business, and the funny things small children say-the grace of God hidden in the ordinariness of life. This grace hovers close to the ground. In her exploration of this grace, Nancy Thomas takes us on a personal journey with four sections. The first section, Playing with Words, celebrates langua... read more

Ordinary grace disguises itself in faded irises, traffic signs, convoluted meetings for worship for business, and the funny things small children say-the grace of God hidden in the ordinariness of life. This grace hovers close to the ground. In her exploration of this grace, Nancy Thomas takes us on a personal journey with four sections. The first section, Playing with Words, celebrates langua... read more

Why Ice Cream Trucks Play Christmas Songs

Paul Jolly

A gentle wind blows through Paul Jolly's poems, uncovering the gaps in our knowledge, our presumptions and assumptions, the spaces in which humor, creativity, and magic are born. The stories seem familiar, but the wind-blown words, unjumbled by Jolly, no longer say exactly what they're supposed to. Alice escapes from a pack of Disney scouts. Over-inflated cows float over a squadron of slugs. I... read more

A gentle wind blows through Paul Jolly's poems, uncovering the gaps in our knowledge, our presumptions and assumptions, the spaces in which humor, creativity, and magic are born. The stories seem familiar, but the wind-blown words, unjumbled by Jolly, no longer say exactly what they're supposed to. Alice escapes from a pack of Disney scouts. Over-inflated cows float over a squadron of slugs. I... read more

A Leisurely Introduction to How a Bible-Believing Christian Can Accept Gay Marriage in the Church

Becky Ankeny

This study is intended for those who have an intuition that God wants LGBTQ people welcomed into the church, that God accepts their marriages and families. The central themes of the Bible support full inclusion. This study is a semi-systematic approach to explaining biblical support for those affirming gay marriage and full participation in the life of the church.

This study is intended for those who have an intuition that God wants LGBTQ people welcomed into the church, that God accepts their marriages and families. The central themes of the Bible support full inclusion. This study is a semi-systematic approach to explaining biblical support for those affirming gay marriage and full participation in the life of the church.

On the Shoulders of the Prophet

Omar Reda

Only words from the heart are able to directly speak to the heart. This book is for every mother and father, trying their best to care for the most precious gift of childhood. This book is dedicated to every little soul, suffering or struggling--you are not alone.On the Shoulders of the Prophet is a great work by one of the prominent Muslim educators and psychiatrists in the Western hemisphere... read more

Only words from the heart are able to directly speak to the heart. This book is for every mother and father, trying their best to care for the most precious gift of childhood. This book is dedicated to every little soul, suffering or struggling--you are not alone.On the Shoulders of the Prophet is a great work by one of the prominent Muslim educators and psychiatrists in the Western hemisphere... read more

Generation of Isis: The Effects of Violence and Conflict on Children

Omar Reda

Violence is the latest human pandemic. The world is growing more dangerous every day with no sign of relief in the foreseeable future. This is not a message of pessimism or discouragement, but rather a realistic look into the root causes and risk factors for youth violence and radicalization, as well as the means of prevention and suggested early interventions for this ugly and fatal malignanc... read more

Violence is the latest human pandemic. The world is growing more dangerous every day with no sign of relief in the foreseeable future. This is not a message of pessimism or discouragement, but rather a realistic look into the root causes and risk factors for youth violence and radicalization, as well as the means of prevention and suggested early interventions for this ugly and fatal malignanc... read more

Resisting Empire: The Book of Revelation as Resistance

C. Wess Daniels

Revelation speaks to the reality that we are caught in the fray of cosmic conflict. We are guilty. We’ve already been contaminated. But it’s not too late for us to exit empire and enter the kingdom. We are yet both victim and victimizer. We have healing work to do, and we must take responsibility for the ways in which we have benefited from and been complicit with the religion of empire.This i... read more

Revelation speaks to the reality that we are caught in the fray of cosmic conflict. We are guilty. We’ve already been contaminated. But it’s not too late for us to exit empire and enter the kingdom. We are yet both victim and victimizer. We have healing work to do, and we must take responsibility for the ways in which we have benefited from and been complicit with the religion of empire.This i... read more

I Was Raised in a House of Water

Juniper Klatt

to the water signs who made me to the loves & lovers who've held me to every version of my self I am trying to love this is how I feel the worldI was raised in a house of water is a gentle rainfall of words, each verse the soft whisper of an old friend, sharing their most patient observations, deepest longings, and wisest insights.yes, I am here in this world Read these poems. Inhale each line... read more

to the water signs who made me to the loves & lovers who've held me to every version of my self I am trying to love this is how I feel the worldI was raised in a house of water is a gentle rainfall of words, each verse the soft whisper of an old friend, sharing their most patient observations, deepest longings, and wisest insights.yes, I am here in this world Read these poems. Inhale each line... read more

What Is Justice?: A Personal Exploration

Bill Denham

Matthew Avery Solomon and Noel Espinoza were murdered on September 4, 2008. Three men were charged with the crime. In What Is Justice?: A Personal Exploration, author Bill Denham studies the crime and what it reveals about himself and about our broader culture's pursuit of retributive justice. Incorporating poetry, philosophy, theology, and memoir, Denham suggests an alternative system borne o... read more

Matthew Avery Solomon and Noel Espinoza were murdered on September 4, 2008. Three men were charged with the crime. In What Is Justice?: A Personal Exploration, author Bill Denham studies the crime and what it reveals about himself and about our broader culture's pursuit of retributive justice. Incorporating poetry, philosophy, theology, and memoir, Denham suggests an alternative system borne o... read more

The Breath Between: An Invitation to Mystery and Joy

Bethany Lee

This astonishing new collection from poet Bethany Lee weaves the thread of her keen attention around life's joys and sorrows, draws them tightly together and offers them into our hands. With unflinching courage she extracts beauty from her journeys as seafarer and grief-tender, makes her way into the present moment, and invites us to come along.The Breath Between offers good company for hard d... read more

This astonishing new collection from poet Bethany Lee weaves the thread of her keen attention around life's joys and sorrows, draws them tightly together and offers them into our hands. With unflinching courage she extracts beauty from her journeys as seafarer and grief-tender, makes her way into the present moment, and invites us to come along.The Breath Between offers good company for hard d... read more

Faces of Addiction

Eric K. Hatch

Fifty Faces, Fifty Stories, Fifty Drug-Addicted People Dramatic black-and-white portraits by award-winning photographer Eric Hatch join with powerful life stories, largely in their own words, to create fresh understanding of addicts and addiction. Experience their lives in a new and vital way.

Fifty Faces, Fifty Stories, Fifty Drug-Addicted People Dramatic black-and-white portraits by award-winning photographer Eric Hatch join with powerful life stories, largely in their own words, to create fresh understanding of addicts and addiction. Experience their lives in a new and vital way.

Coral Castles

Carol Bialock

A poem she wrote has been translated into multiple languages, set to music, and featured in a best-selling book on spirituality and the twelve steps. But until recently, the author of "Breathing Underwater" has been virtually unknown, and the collection containing that famous poem has never been published. Richard Rohr calls it "stunning"; other writers and poets describe Carol Bialock's debut... read more

A poem she wrote has been translated into multiple languages, set to music, and featured in a best-selling book on spirituality and the twelve steps. But until recently, the author of "Breathing Underwater" has been virtually unknown, and the collection containing that famous poem has never been published. Richard Rohr calls it "stunning"; other writers and poets describe Carol Bialock's debut... read more

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