The 2021 Glen Workshop
We’re thrilled to announce the 2021 Glen Workshop will be held on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Asheville!
The Whole of Russia
“Is it not the role of poetry to find that unreachable limit of language?” Read an excerpt from a new novel on Rilke by Christian Kiefer.
Seeing through Idols: Art and Imagination at the Border
“Long before authorities are prepared to tear down walls, artists help us see through them.” Devon Abts on how artists can heal our social imagination.
Inside: guest editorial on fear and forgiveness by Emily Bernard; photo essay by Joyce Yu-Jean Leeon New York under quarantine; Devon Abts on national border walls as idols. Plus, Garth Greenwell and James K.A. Smith talk Augustine; an excerpt from Christian Kiefer’s new novel on Rilke; A.E. Stallings on monuments and ruins; and James Chapin on prison literature.
Home Alone Together
Every week for the next three months, twenty-five artists from around the world will contribute one photograph from a different part of their living spaces. Together, these photographs—whether taken in a kitchen, bedroom, or looking out a window—will articulate a new, collective picture of home in a time of pandemic.
It may have been the first time someone had used the word pornographer to describe me, but it was not the first time I felt the punch of its meaning in reaction to my writing.
Even now, as you sit with the baby asleep in your arms, there are humble farmers amidst those lakes and rivers, their bodies bent close to the soil, and God is with them, the proof of his beating heart present in the summer’s pond lilies and the winter’s great gusts of clean white snow.
The first moment
is this moment,
this one right now.
What times these are.
No one knows what’s happening.
The air is filled with words.
Jessica Treadway spins a tale of rivalry, scandal, and sacrifice in a small-town church community.
The night of my most pain
a new girl came and was put
in the opposite bed.
That was terrorism,
she says. I know evil.
. . . I love her and how do we
How to do it, how hold
what misses the mark
and what hits it
As a child, I would write letters to god, then fold and throw them behind the wardrobe in my room, as if it were some sort of divine void.
When your father is barely literate enough to read from the Bible aloud, but you so love that there is even this one moment he will share with you
The voice of your brother’s blood
is crying to me from the ground.
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In the midst of a viral pandemic that has shuttered schools and universities, why go on writing essays about the syntactical anomalies of Emily Dickinson’s poetry, or learning when and how to use the French subjunctive tense, when humanity itself is threatened by a massive, though microscopic, enemy?
Churches, synagogues, and other places of worship have had to close at a time when faith and the comfort of community are needed most. But faith finds a way to lift us, even from a distance.
We say flattening fattening smashing the; and do I look sexy (chin’s up, buttercup) in my balaclava? We say what is ZOOM, then we Zoom. We say zoom is malware (but it’s all malware). Check this box if you are not a robot, now do you wanna zoom?
Today I share some of our family’s favorites—stories that reflect the power of community, the value of resilience, and the possibilities of hope—all with enough depth to engage even the adults in your family.
Simone Weil once said that “Attention, taken to its highest degree, is the same thing as prayer.” On this sunny morning, getting up close to the wall, I’m beginning to understand what she means.