e*lix*ir comes into being to showcase the work of artists who find inspiration in the Bahá’í vision and to foster an aesthetic whose key ingredient is the conviction that the mission of art is to inspire, transform, and uplift individuals and communities.
Sandra Lynn Hutchison serves as editor-in-chief of e*lix*ir, which she founded in 2015 to showcase art that celebrates the power of spirit. She is the author of a memoir, Chinese Brushstrokes (Turnstone Press), numerous essays, as well as two books of poetry: The Art of Nesting (GR Books) and a forthcoming volume, The Beautiful Foolishness of Things, which was a finalist for the Poet’s Corner Chapbook Contest in 2022. Hutchison holds a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Toronto and has been the recipient of various academic and literary awards, including the Emily Dickinson Poetry Prize from Universities West Press. She lives in Orono, Maine, where she teaches scriptural exegesis and mentors writers in the courses in creative writing she teaches through the Wilmette Institute in Chicago. She also serves as faculty for the BIHE (Bahá’í Institute for Higher Education).
J. Michael Kafes is a financial analyst at Bloomberg. He has had volunteer experience for several non-profit organizations. He edited a book of first-hand experiences of Bahá’ís at the 1992 Bahá’í World Congress. He holds an M.B.A. from Lehigh University as well as a B.S. in Finance and a minor in American Literature from Lehigh. He lives in Carmel, New York, U.S.A., with his wife and son. In his spare time, he is working on preserving and expanding a body of work developed by Marian Crist Lippitt called “The Science of Reality.”