Ryan Masters

Ryan Masters’s essay is not a story with a moral, not something to make sense of. It is simply something that happened in Keats’s “vale of soul-making.”

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The We of Me: Varieties of Kinship in American Nonfiction

Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography by Richard Rodriguez
White Girls by Hilton Als
Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward

Review by Isaac Anderson

How Else Would God Enter?

The Corpse Flower: New & Selected Poems by Bruce Beasley
Mary’s House: New & Selected Poems by David Craig
Some Heaven by Todd Davis
Apropos of Nothing by Richard Jones

Review by Peggy Rosenthal

The Heart of the Whole

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Pale King by David Foster Wallace

Review by Santiago Ramos

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Web Exclusive: Wayne Roosa Remembers Guy Chase


A Conversation with Madeline DeFrees


A Conversation with Charles Wright

Sam Phillips.

A Conversation with Sam Phillips


A Conversation with Gregory Orr


Sacra Conversazione


An Apprenticeship in Affliction: Waiting with Simone Weil

Peggy Rosenthal is influenced by one philosopher’s unconventional religious philosophy and development of self.

Lady Undressing

Anne Welch makes sense of her career as a hospital secretary—a career that ended with a tragedy.

Man Is But An Ass

Harrison Scott Key on growing up in the South and misconceptions of dreams.

Language as Sacrament in the New Testament

Franz Wright is astounded that Jesus would call him his friend.

Lord God Bird

Isaac Anderson reflects on the intermittence of experiencing God.
Best American Essays
Honorable Mention 2013

Varieties of Quiet

Christian Wiman on the mysterious and difficult nature of faith.

Heart’s Companion: Listening to Leonard Cohen

Bill Coyle on Leonard Cohen’s use of lyricism as the acknowledgment of brokenness.

Bent Body, Lamb

Molly McCully Brown offers a tender, comic reflection on her reluctant journey into the Catholic Church and coming to terms with her body’s limitations.


Ars Cantata

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The Window




Prayer with Rotohammer


Tiny Fish


To Begin With


The Glen Workshop, a program of Image, began in 1995 as an innovative event combining the best elements of a workshop, an arts festival, and a spiritual retreat.

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 Special Topics

The Word-Soaked World: Troubling the Lexicon of Art & Faith

This collection of short essays demonstrates the push-pull relationship believing artists have with words: We are in pursuit of a God who is revealed through the poetry of the oldest Psalms, but whose true name is impossible to pronounce.


Road films. Horror films. Films on marriage. Divine comedies. We love movies. Do you? We’ve got you covered.

Why Believe in God?

We put it to a group of writers, artists, filmmakers, and musicians: At a time in human history when religious faith is called not only out-of-date but malignant, why do you believe?

The Landscape of Art & Faith

What is the contemporary literary climate like for writers of faith? How will they fare in the future?

Evolution and the Imago Dei

Explore the intersection of faith, science, and art.


“Not since O’Connor’s Mystery and Manners has there been such bracing insight on the pile-up where art and faith collide.”

—Annie Dillard 

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