3—Gregory Wolfe, Editorial Statement: In Defense of Irony
22—Kathleen Norris, Return of Swamp Thing
24—Suzanne U. Clark, Three Poems
70—William Wenthe, White Settlement
83—Dick Allen, The Devotion of Thomas Merton
94—Paul Grant, Sunny Hill
105—Luci Shaw, Upon Arrival from West Coast to be with Friends
117—Nancy Willard, Two Poems
46—A Conversation with Robert Coles
27—Gordon Fuglie, Passion Paintings: The Art of Patty Wickman
[Note: Patty Wickman was our Artist of the Month in April, 2002. Click here to see that page.]
85—Joel Sheesley, Wreckage and Rescue: The Art of Bradford Johnson
73—Scott Cairns, Shaping What’s Given: Sacred Tradition and the Individual Talent
96—Gregory Wolfe, Art, Faith, and the Stewardship of Culture
106—Nikki Grimes, What I Know: My Calling as a Children’s Author
61—David Plante, Returning to Providence
118—David Impastato on David Craig’s The Roof of Heaven
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Dick Allen 's most recent poetry collection is Ode to the Cold War: Poems New and Selected, from Sarabande Books. His poetry recently has been anthologized in The Best American Poetry 1998 and 1999 volumes, as well as The Year's Best Spiritual Writing and Penguin's (U.K.) Scanning the Century. Allen is one of the fifteen noted American writers chosen to participate in the N.E.A.-sponsored Millennium Survey Project to create written and visual images and impressions of the country poised on the brink of the twenty-first century.
Scott Cairns 's poetry collections include Recovered Body , Figures for the Ghost , The Theology of Doubt , and The Translation of Babel. He teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Missouri.
Suzanne U. Clark 's most recent books are What a Light Thing, This Stone, a collection of poetry, and The Roar on the Other Side, a textbook on poetry writing. Other poetry collections include Sketches of Home (Canon Press) and Weather of the House (Sow's Ear Press). Her poems have also appeared in Southern Poetry Review, Art Space, and other journals.
Gordon Fuglie is the director of the Laband Art Gallery, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. He holds a Master's degree in Art History from U.C.L.A. He is collaborating with the Frye Art Museum, Seattle, on an exhibition and catalogue on the major trends in representational art in southern California in the 1990s. The exhibition will open in December 2000.
Paul Grant, a native of Louisiana , is an anchorite and assemblage artist currently living in western Maryland. His work has appeared in Sewanee Review, Georgia Review, Poetry Northwest, and Northwest Review, among others.
Nikki Grimes is the author of many books for young adults and children. Jazmin's Notebook (Dial) was a Coretta Scott King Honor Award book; Come Sunday (Eerdmans) was chosen as an A.L.A. Notable Book of poetry; and Aneesa Lee & The Weaver's Gift (Lothrop) was an American Bookseller Pick-of-the-List.
David Impastato is the editor of Upholding Mystery: An Anthology of Contemporary Christian Poetry (Oxford University Press) and has published on the subjects of film, Shakespeare, contemporary poetry, and popular culture. This year, with Peggy Rosenthal, he is leading retreats and seminars around the country on the subject of “Poetry for Spiritual Growth.”
Kathleen Norris is an award-winning poet and the author of The Cloister Walk, Dakota: A Spiritual Biography, and, most recently, Amazing Grace (an excerpt from which appeared in Image #18 ). Her latest collection of poetry is Little Girls in Church. She lives in South Dakota .
Tom Noyes 's fiction has appeared or is upcoming in Ascent, High Plains Literary Review, Third Coast, Whetstone, and other journals. He was a finalist for the 1999 Flannery O'Connor Award and the 1999 A.W.P. Award Series in Short Fiction.
David Plante is a professor of writing at Columbia University. He is a senior member of King's College, Cambridge and has taught at the Gorky Institute of Literature in Moscow. He has written more than a dozen novels, including The Family, The Woods, The Country, and Annunciation. His articles and short stories have appeared in The New Yorker , The New York Times , and The London Review of Books. He is a Guggenheim Fellow and an American Academy Prize winner. His latest novel is The Age of Terror. “Returning to Providence ” is a chapter from a forthcoming memoir.
Rémy Rougeau has been a monk for over twenty years, at Notre-Dame-des Prairies when that abbey was located in St-Norbert, Manitoba, and today at Assumption Abbey in Richardton, North Dakota. “Saints of the Desert” is the final chapter of a forthcoming novel, other chapters of which will soon appear in New Quarterly and The Atlantic Monthly.
Luci Shaw, presently a full time divinity student, is writer-in-residence at Regent College, and the author of several books of prose and poetry. Her new collection of poems, The Angles of Light, will be published in Spring 2000.
Joel Sheesley is an artist and professor of art at Wheaton College. His painting is represented in Chicago by Wood Street Gallery, which will host an exhibition of his most recent work in March 2000.
William Wenthe is the author of Birds of Hoboken, a collection of poetry published by Orchises Press. He has received fellowships from the NEA and the Texas Commission on the Arts. Recent poems have appeared in The Georgia Review, The Southern Review, Press, and Orion.
Nancy Willard 's books include Swimming Lessons: New and Selected Poems, Sister Water, a novel, and Telling Time: Angels, Ancestors, and Stories, a book of lectures on writing. Harcourt Brace has recently published her anthology, Step Lightly: Poems for the Journey.
Inquiries concerning Patty Wickman's work may be made to the Cornell DeWitt Gallery, New York, NY. 212-529-8659. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inquiries concerning Bradford Johnson's work may be made to the Kougeas Gallery, 88 White Street, Boston , MA 02128 . You may also contact Gwenda Jay Addington, 704 N. Wells, Chicago, IL 60610. 312-664-3406.
Gregory Wolfe's essay in this issue will appear in a new book, It Was Good: Making Art to the Glory of God, to be published by Square Halo Books in the summer of 2000. The thirteen essays in It Was Good are written by a variety of artists and critics, including Makoto Fujimura, Edward Knippers, Charlie Peacock-Ashworth, and Theodore Prescott. For further information, contact Square Halo Books at P.O. Box 18954, Baltimore, MD 21206 or on the web at www.SquareHaloBooks.com. The book will be offered at a pre-publication discount to anyone who contacts Square Halo Books at the post office box or on the web site.