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.
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.
Winner of the Flannery O’Connor, Carl Sandburg, and Janet Heidinger Kafka Awards, among others, and emeritus professor of English at Arizona State University, Melissa Pritchard has published ten books of fiction and appeared in journals and magazines including the Paris Review, Ecotone, A Public Space, Conjunctions, Gettysburg Review, Ploughshares, The Nation, Wilson Quarterly and O, The Oprah Magazine. She has received three Pushcart Prizes and two O. Henry Awards for her short fiction, as well as an NEA fellowship, Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, and other awards and fellowships. As a teacher and journalist, she has traveled to Ethiopia, Ecuador, Afghanistan, Thailand, and India. Her most recent story collection, The Odditorium, most recent novel, Palmerino, and best-selling volume of essays, A Solemn Pleasure, were published by Bellevue Literary Press. With a fifth novel completed, she is at work on a fifth collection of short stories. She now lives in Columbus, Georgia, where she was the 2016 Carson McCullers Fellow.
Dr. Aaron Rosen is a curator, critic, and academic who has taught at Columbia, Yale, Oxford, and King’s College London. He is the author and editor of many books, including Art and Religion in the 21st Century and the children’s book Journey through Art, translated into seven languages.
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 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.
Gregory Wolfe founded Image in 1989 and edited it for thirty years. He was also the founding director of the Seattle Pacific University MFA program in creative writing. He currently edits a literary imprint, Slant Books, through Wipf & Stock Publishers. Wolfe’s writing has appeared in numerous publications, including the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, First Things, Commonweal, and America. In 2005 he was a judge for the National Book Awards. His books include Beauty Will Save the World, Intruding Upon the Timeless, and The Operation of Grace. www.gregorywolfe.com
Greg Pennoyer has a passion for igniting public dialogue on the topic of spirituality and the human condition via art. As executive director of The Humanitas Group, Greg co-lead the development of an art exhibition that probed the question of what it means to be human. As director of Faith in Canada 150, he orchestrated a nationwide ecumenical celebration of the diverse faith traditions that have undergirded public life that launched a national poetry prize. He has co-edited two books of reflection that explore the meaning of Christmas and Easter (and soon, Pentecost) via great works of and art and literature. Greg has served on the boards of the Henri Nouwen Society and Prison Fellowship International. Greg holds a MA in Public Policy and a BA in Pastoral Theology. He lives in British Columbia, Canada.
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.
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.
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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.
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