A conversation with Godfried Cardinal Danneels; poet Gregory Orr searches out the Beloved; the riotous music of James MacMillan; and new fiction by Gina Ochsner and David McGlynn. With poems by Mark Jarman, Jennifer Grotz, and Kathleen Housley; an exploration of the paintings of James Munce; Robert Cording on drowning Narcissus; and more.
Gregory Wolfe, Looking for a Renaissance
David McGlynn, The Newest Thing in the World
Gina Ochsner, The Tower
Elaine Orr, Day Lilies
Gregory Orr, How Beautiful the Beloved
Kathleen L. Housley, The Cartographer of Disaster
Timothy P. Schilling, A Conversation with Godfried Cardinal Danneels
Robert Cording, The Revolt against Narcissus
Michael Capps, Warld in a Roar: The Music of James MacMillan
Leslie Leyland Fields, Finding Our Names
Michael Capps is a composer of vocal, chamber, and choral works. In 1989, he founded Sacred Concert, a chamber chorus specializing in religious masterworks from the Renaissance and modern choral traditions, and he currently co-directs the chamber choir Nova. He also serves on Image’s board of directors and co-directs the Dallas-based Trinity Arts Conference, an ecumenical and interdisciplinary conference on the intersection of religion and the arts.
Robert Cording’s fifth book of poetry, Common Life (Cavankerry), was published in May 2006. He recently received his second NEA fellowship in poetry.
Carol Ann Davis’s first book, Psalm, was runner up for the 2005 Dorset Prize and will be published in October 2007 by Tupelo Press. Her poems have recently appeared in Agni, Threepenny Review, and Southern Review. The recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the South Carolina Arts Commission, she lives in Charleston, where she directs the undergraduate creative writing program at the College of Charleston and edits Crazyhorse.
Leslie Leyland Fields is the author of nonfiction books Surviving the Island of Grace, Out on the Deep Blue (both from Thomas Dunne), and The Entangling Net: Alaska’s Commercial Fishing Women Tell Their Lives (Illinois), among others. She teaches at Kodiak College and in the low-residency MFA program at Seattle Pacific University and fishes commercially with her family. Her essays have appeared in Atlantic, Orion, Image, and Christian Science Monitor.
Gordon Fuglie, after serving as director and chief curator of Washburn University’s Mulvane Art Museum in Topeka, Kansas, and overseeing its reopening in 2006, now works as a freelance curator and art essayist.
Jennifer Grotz is the author of Cusp (Houghton Mifflin), winner of the Bakeless Prize for Poetry and the Natalie Ornish Prize. Her poems, translations, essays, and reviews have appeared in the Kenyon Review, New England Review, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, Best American Poetry 2000, Virginia Quarterly Review, and the Washington Post. Currently she works as the assistant director of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and teaches at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Kathleen L. Housley is the author of Firmament (Higganum Hill). Her poetry has appeared in the anthology Writing the World (Terra Nova), Christian Century, and online at Nimble Spirit.
Mark Jarman’s most recent books are the poetry collection To the Green Man (Sarabande) and Body and Soul: Essays on Poetry (Michigan). His collection of prose poems, Epistles, will appear in 2007 from Sarabande.
Fred Marchant is the director of the creative writing program and the Poetry Center at Suffolk University in Boston. He has written three books of poetry: Tipping Point, winner of the 1993 Washington Prize; Full Moon Boat (Graywolf); and House on Water, House in Air (Dedalus). He is also the editor of Another World Instead: The Poems of William Stafford, 1937-1947, forthcoming from Graywolf in 2008.
Shane McCrae received an MFA from the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa in 2004 and is currently a student at Harvard Law School. His poems have appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Orion, Columbia Poetry Review, Barrelhouse, and others.
David McGlynn teaches at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. His stories and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review, Mid-American Review, Ninth Letter, Shenandoah, and other publications. His essay “This Ain’t Living” appeared in Image issue 46.
Gina Ochsner lives and works in Keizer, Oregon, with her family. Her story collections include The Necessary Grace to Fall (Georgia) and People I Wanted to Be (Houghton Mifflin). She is currently working on a novel of stories set in Latvia.
Elaine Neil Orr is the author of Gods of Noonday: A White Girl’s African Life (Virginia) and two scholarly books. Her stories, creative nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in the Missouri Review, Louisville Review, Southern Cultures, Kalliope, Cold Mountain, and the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion. She has won fellowships and grants from the North Carolina Arts Council and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She teaches at North Carolina State University.
Gregory Orr teaches at the University of Virginia. The ten poems published here are from a collection to be released by Copper Canyon Press in spring of 2009 entitled How Beautiful the Beloved. This book-length sequence follows the trajectory of an earlier collection, Concerning the Book that Is the Body of the Beloved (Copper Canyon).
Sarah Ruden’s book of poetry Other Places (Justified) won South Africa’s Central News Agency Literary Award while she lived in that country. In the U.S., she has published three literary translations of Greek and Roman classics. Her translation of Virgil’s Aeneid is forthcoming from Yale University Press; her book on the Apostle Paul is forthcoming from Pantheon.
Timothy P. Schilling is on the staff of the Center for Parish Spirituality in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. His reflections on faith and culture have appeared in Commonweal, America, and The Tablet.