Image managing editor Mary Kenagy Mitchell writes about the fiction writer and her characters; Gregory Wolfe explores the relationship between faith and reason in Islam; and Bradford Winters introduces the illuminated St. John’s Bible. With a conversation with environmental writer Scott Russell Sanders; the still, quiet work of Wolfgang Laib; fiction by Valerie Sayers and Janet Peery; and more.
Gregory Wolfe, East and West in Miniature
Valerie Sayers, A Freak of Nature
Janet Peery, Garden of the Gods
Farrell O'Gorman, Recollecting Satan
Betsy Sholl, Gravity and Grace
Carolyne Wright, Ghazal: Woman at the Well
William Wenthe, Stone on Stone: Israel, 1980
Robert Cording, Erasure
Brenton Good, Still Points: The Quiet Spaces of Wolfgang Laib
Bradford Winters, Eat this Scroll: The Saint John's Bible and the World Made Flesh
Carolyn Perry and Wayne Zade, A Conversation with Scott Russell Sanders
Robert A. Fink, Pilgrims: Snapshots from an Idaho Family Album
Lindsey Crittenden, The Burden of Bliss
Robert Cording’s fifth book of poems, Common Life (CavanKerry), was published in May 2006. Previous volumes include What Binds Us To This World (Cooper Beech), Heavy Grace(Alice James), and Against Consolation (CavanKerry). He recently received his second NEA fellowship in poetry.
Lindsey Crittenden’s memoir, The Water Will Hold You: A Skeptic Learns to Pray, is out this spring from Harmony Books. Her short stories, essays, and articles are forthcoming and published in Bellingham Review, Best American Spiritual Writing, Quarterly West, Real Simple, and other publications. She teaches writing in San Francisco and has a website atwww.LindseyCrittenden.com.
Robert A. Fink is the W.D. and Hollis R. Bond Professor of English and director of creative writing at Hardin-Simmons University. He has published five books of poetry, most recentlyTracking the Morning (Wings), as well as a book of nonfiction, Twilight Innings: A West Texan on Grace and Survival (Texas Tech). His poems have appeared in Poetry, TriQuarterly, New England Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Southwest Review, Poetry Northwest, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere.
Ava Leavell Haymon writes poems and plays. She teaches poetry in Louisiana and directs Guadalupe Mesa Studios, a writers’ and artists’ center in New Mexico. Her poems have appeared in the Southern Review, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, and Northwest Review, and in five chapbooks, most recently Why the Groundhog Fears Her Shadow (March Street). Louisiana State University Press has published two of her collections: The Strict Economy of Fire andKitchen Heat. She was awarded the Louisiana Literature Poetry Prize for 2003.
Brenton Good is currently an adjunct professor of art and art history at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania. He received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Dallas, where he concentrated in printmaking. He has exhibited work nationally, with solo exhibitions in Philadelphia, Fort Worth, and Pasadena, as well as numerous group exhibitions.
Mary Kenagy serves as Image’s managing editor. Her stories have appeared in the Georgia Review, Image, Best Christian Short Stories, and the forthcoming anthology Peculiar Pilgrims: Stories from the Left Hand of God (Hourglass). She also teaches fiction writing at Seattle Pacific University.
Farrell O’Gorman is the author of a novel, Awaiting Orders (Idylls), and a critical study,Peculiar Crossroads: Flannery O’Connor, Walker Percy, and Catholic Vision in Postwar Southern Fiction (Louisiana State). His creative nonfiction has appeared in such journals asShenandoah and the Gettysburg Review. He teaches American literature at Mississippi State University.
Janet Peery is the author of the novel The River beyond the World (Picador/St. Martin’s) andAlligator Dance (Southern Methodist), a collection of short stories. Recent short stories appear in Shenandoah, Kenyon Review, Quarterly West, Black Warrior Review, Chattahoochee Review, and other journals. She has also published in Best American Short Stories and thePushcart Prize anthology. Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award, and an NEA Fellowship. She lives in Virginia and teaches at Old Dominion University.
Carolyn Perry is professor of English at Westminster College in Missouri, where she teaches courses in British literature, southern literature, and autobiography. She became interested in the writing of Scott Russell Sanders while co-editing The Dolphin Reader (Houghton Mifflin), a collection of essays for student writers. She has also co-edited two books on southern women’s literature.
Valerie Sayers is the author of five novels, including Who Do you Love? and Brain Fever(both from Doubleday). She has received an NEA fellowship and a Pushcart Prize, and her stories, essays, and reviews appear widely. She is professor of English at the University of Notre Dame.
Betsy Sholl is the author of six books of poetry, most recently Late Psalm (Wisconsin). She has received the AWP Prize for Poetry, the Felix Pollak Prize, and grants from the NEA and Maine Arts Commission. She teaches at the University of Southern Maine and in the Vermont College MFA program.
Kim Stafford directs the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis and Clark College and is the founder of the William Stafford Center. He has published a dozen books of poetry and prose, most recently Early Morning: Remembering My Father, William Stafford (Graywolf), and The Muses Among Us: Eloquent Listening and Other Pleasures of the Writer’s Craft (Georgia). His most recent book of poetry is A Thousand Friends of Rain (Carnegie-Mellon).
Jeanne Murray Walker is the author of six poetry collections, including Coming into History(Cleveland State), Gaining Time (Copper Beach), and A Deed to the Light (Illinois). Her poems have appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, and the Atlantic Monthly. An Atlantic Monthly fellow at the Bread Loaf School of English, an NEA fellow, and a Pew fellow in the arts, she also serves on the editorial board of Shenandoah. She is a professor of English at the University of Delaware.
William Wenthe’s books of poetry are Birds of Hoboken (Orchises) and Not Till We Are Lost(Louisiana State), which won Best Book of Poetry Prize from the Texas Institute of Letters. His poems have recently appeared in Shenandoah, Ontario Review, Orion, Tin House, Paris Review, and other journals. He teaches creative writing and modern poetry at Texas Tech University.
Bradford Winters is a screenwriter, poet, and amateur calligrapher. He works for the Levinson/Fontana Company as a producer and writer in television, and his credits include the HBO series Oz, as well as the recent ABC series Six Degrees. He is currently at work on his first feature film screenplay. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two daughters.
Carolyne Wright’s Seasons of Mangoes and Brainfire, winner of the Blue Lynx Prize and the American Book Award, appeared in a second edition from Eastern Washington University Press and Lynx House Books in 2005. Her new collection is A Change of Maps (Lost Horse), finalist for the Idaho Prize and the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award. She teaches for the Whidbey Writers Workshop MFA Program and the Richard Hugo House in Seattle, and serves on the AWP board of directors.
Wayne Zade is professor of English at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, where he teaches creative writing, American literature, and jazz studies. Recent essays about jazz have appeared in Belles Lettres and Jazz: Tokyo. With Carolyn Perry, he interviewed Scott Russell Sanders for The Kenyon Review in 2000.