James K.A. Smith is professor of philosophy at Calvin College and has been editor in chief of Comment magazine for the past six years. An award-winning author and speaker, his books include Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism?, Imagining the Kingdom, and You Are What You Love. He has written for the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Slate, First Things, Christianity Today, Books & Culture, and The Hedgehog Review.
Mary Kenagy Mitchell | Executive Editor
Mary Kenagy Mitchell began working at Image in 2000 as managing editor. Her short stories and essays have appeared in Image, Good Letters, The Millions, 3 Quarks Daily, Georgia Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, St Katherine Review, and Bearings Online. She lives in Seattle.
Shane McCrae | Poetry Editor
Shane McCrae’s most recent books are The Gilded Auction Block (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018) and In the Language of My Captor (Wesleyan University Press, 2017). He has received a Lannan Literary Award, a Whiting Writer’s Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and a fellowship from the NEA. He teaches at Columbia University and lives in New York City.
Lauren F. Winner | Creative Nonfiction Editor
Lauren F. Winner’s most recent book is The Dangers of Christian Practice: On Wayward Gifts, Characteristic Damage, and Sin (Yale). Her other books include Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis and Wearing God (both from HarperOne). She is associate professor of Christian spirituality at Duke Divinity School.
Jessica Mesman | Blog and Podcast Editor
Jessica Mesman is a widely published writer whose book Love and Salt: A Spiritual Friendship in Letters, co-authored with Amy Andrews, won the Christopher Award for “literature that affirms the highest values of the human spirit.” She founded and curates the award-winning group blog, Sick Pilgrim.
Nick Ripatrazone | Culture Editor
Nick writes about poetry, religion, film, books, culture, and sports for Rolling Stone, GQ, The Atlantic, Paris Review, Esquire, Literary Hub, Sewanee Review, Commonweal, Kenyon Review, America, and other publications. He is working on a book about faith and doubt in fiction for Fortress Press.
Lisa Ann Cockrel | Director of Programs
Lisa Ann Cockrel has been curating conversations between writers and readers—in person, in print, online, and via multimedia—for more than 20 years. She was a producer for Prime Time America and served as an editor for Moody magazine, Christianity Today, Intl., Brazos Press, and Baker Academic. Most recently, she was the managing director of the Calvin Center for Faith & Writing where she directed the Festival of Faith & Writing, and also hosted and co-produced season one of Rewrite Radio, a podcast featuring recordings from the festival’s archives. Her own writing has been featured in publications including The Hedgehog Review, Books & Culture, and Christianity Today, and she's currently working on an MFA in creative nonfiction at Bennington College.
Sophia Ross | Director of Marketing
Originally from the national capital of Canada, Sophia Ross graduated summa cum laude from Houghton College in 2017 with an Honors B.A. in English Literature and Writing. Before joining the Image team, she served as a social media coordinator and blog editor for Willow Creek Canada. She was recently long-listed for Ruminate's William Van Dyke Short Fiction prize, and shortlisted for Room's short fiction award. You can learn more about her and her work at sophiaross.me.
Sara Arrigoni | Administrative Manager
Sara Arrigoni graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a B.A. in English and a B.S. in exercise science. Sara began her association with Image as an intern in 2000 and maintained her relationship with Image since, serving as an occasional consultant in proofreading and bookkeeping. Sara worked for 12 years in the health information industry and launched a cloth diapering retail store, before ultimately returning to the Image team in 2017. She homeschools her four children and is also a portrait photographer. You can see her work at www.theblessedeveryday.com.
Rachel Toliver’s fiction, nonfiction and craft essays have appeared in Mid-American Review, Prairie Schooner,Creative Nonfiction,West Branch,TriQuarterly, Puerto Del Sol,The New Republic, and Brevity. Her short story, “Legion,” was the winner of American Literary Review’s 2017 fiction contest. A winner of the 2017 AWP Intro Journals Project, she holds an MFA in nonfiction from Ohio State University.
Arah Ko | Luci Shaw Undergraduate Fellow
Arah Ko studied English Writing with Honors at Wheaton College, Illinois. While pursuing a life-long love of language, she served as Editor-in-Chief of KODON, Wheaton’s 74-year-old literary journal, and as an Arts & Entertainment Journalist for The Record newspaper. She is the two-time first place winner of the Lowell-Grabill Creative Writing Awards and her poetry and flash fiction have been published in journals including Hawai’i Pacific Review, Blue Marble Review, and Maudlin House.
Arah loves literary work that illuminates overlooked corners of the world, the kind Flannery O’Connor might call “Christ-haunted,” as well as any art form that wrestles with the intersection between classical literature, scriptural engagement, and contemporary mediums.