This special issue features a symposium of writers responding to the question Why Believe in God? The editors of Image envisioned this not as a rebuttal in the dryly argumentative style of the so-called New Atheists, but as a way of allowing writers and artists to address the question through intuition and imagination. The symposium (also available by itself in book form) contains reflections from poets B.H. Fairchild and Martha Serpas, fiction writers Doris Betts and Ron Hansen, essayist Richard Rodriguez, filmmaker Wim Wenders, songwriter Linford Detweiler (of Over the Rhine), and more. Plus, poetry by Ilya Kaminsky, a conversation with Walter Brueggemann, fiction by A.G. Mojtabai, the art of Barry Krammes, and much more.
Gregory Wolfe, The Humiliation of the Word
A.G. Mojtabai, Signs and Wonders
Elizabeth Smither, The Hippocratic Oath
Anthony Bukoski, The Shadow Players
Jillian Barnet, Death Seat
Ilya Kaminsky, In Our Time
Peter Cooley, Great Issues
Why Believe in God?
Doris Betts, The Renewable Vow
Ben Birnbaum, Jerusalem Manor
Richard Chess, What about God?
Dennis Covington, The Persistence of Faith
Linford Detweiler, A Song before Dying
B.H. Fairchild, Credo
Ron Hansen, A Light Infused
Lyanda Lynn Haupt, Scientific Method
Richard Jones, The Last Book on the Shelf
Sydney Lea, The Pragmatist's Prayer
Gina Ochsner, Facts about the Moon
Suzanne Paola, A Fluid Compendium
Richard Rodriguez, Atheism Is Wasted on the Nonbeliever
Martha Serpas, Old River
Wim Wenders, Interrogation
Bradford Winters, A Conversation with Walter Brueggemann
Christina Valentine, Barry Krammes: Shepherd of the Wasteland
Tom Devonshire Jones, A Geology of the Sacred: Stephen Cox Reopens the Ancient Quarries
Margaret Gibson, Faith, Hope, Charity
Jillian Barnet’s poetry has appeared in North American Review, Nimrod, Bellingham Review, and elsewhere, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She received her MFA from Vermont College in 2003.
Anthony Bukoski’s short story collections Children of Strangers, Polonaise, Time between Trains, and the forthcoming North of the Port are published by Southern Methodist University Press. The title story from the last collection was read by Liev Schreiber on National Public Radio’s Selected Shorts.
Peter Cooley is a professor of English at Tulane University in New Orleans, where he teaches creative writing. He has published seven books of poetry, most recently The Astonished Hours, Sacred Conversations, and A Place Made of Starlight (all from Carnegie Mellon). A new volume, Divine Margins, will be released by Carnegie Mellon in 2007.
Tom Devonshire Jones is the founder and emeritus director of Art and Christianity Enquiry (www.acetrust.org). An Anglican priest for forty-five years, he has served in the dioceses of Portsmouth, Connecticut, Canterbury, and London. He received a Lambeth degree from the Archbishop of Canterbury in recognition of the ACE’s work.
Brendan Galvin is the author of thirteen collections of poems, including The Strength of a Named Thing, Sky and Island Light, and Place Keepers (all from Louisiana State), and the narrative poem Hotel Malabar (Iowa), winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize. His Habitat: New and Selected Poems 1965-2005 (also from Louisiana State) was a finalist for the National Book Award, and his translation of Sophocles’ Women of Trachis appeared in the Penn Greek Drama Series in 1998. Other awards include Guggenheim and NEA fellowships.
Margaret Gibson is the author of nine books of poetry from Louisiana State University Press, including: The Vigil, a finalist for the National Book Award; Long Walks in the Afternoon, a Lamont Selection of the Academy of American Poets; and most recently One Body. “Faith, Hope, and Charity” is a chapter of a memoir, The Prodigal Daughter, to be published by University of Missouri Press in March of 2008. She lives in Preston, Connecticut.
David Brendan Hopes is a professor of literature and language at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, founder and editor of Urthona Press, and founder and director of the Black Swan Theater in Asheville. He is the author of A Sense of the Morning (Milkweed); The Glacier’s Daughters (Massachusetts), winner of both the Juniper and Saxifrage Prizes; and A Dream of Adonis (Pecan Grove). His work has appeared in the New Yorker, Audubon, Christopher Street, and The Sun.
Ilya Kaminsky is the author of Dancing in Odessa (Tupelo), winner of the Whiting Writer’s Award and the Academy of American Arts and Letters’ Metcalf Award.
A.G. Mojtabai lives in Amarillo, Texas, and is currently at work on her tenth book. Her publications include the nonfiction Blessed Assurance: At Home with the Bomb in Amarillo, Texas (Houghton Mifflin), the interlocking story collection Soon: Tales from Hospice (Zoland), and the novel All That Road Going, forthcoming next spring from Northwestern University Press. She has received awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Southern Regional Council.
Peggy Rosenthal is the director of Poetry Retreats, an arts ministry offered through seminars and retreats around the country. She writes widely on poetry as a spiritual resource. Her books include Praying through Poetry: Hope for Violent Times (Saint Anthony Messenger) andThe Poets’ Jesus (Oxford).
Elizabeth Smither has published fifteen collections of poetry, four novels, and four short-story collections. Her most recent publications are the novel Different Kinds of Pleasure(Penguin) and a new collection of poems, The Year of Adverbs (Auckland).
Jack Stewart attended the University of Alabama and Emory University, where he received his doctorate, and was a Brittain Fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His work has appeared in Poetry, Dark Horse Review, Gettysburg Review, Southern Humanities Review, and other journals and anthologies. He currently lives in Montgomery, Alabama, with his wife and two daughters, and teaches at the Montgomery Academy.
Christina Valentine received her MA in art criticism and critical theory at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. A former professor of art history at Biola University, she has contributed to many art periodicals including Flash Art International, Art/Text, and ArtWeek.
Bradford Winters is a screenwriter and poet and works for the Levinson/Fontana Company as a producer and writer in television. His credits include the HBO series Oz, and he is currently at work on his first feature film screenplay. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two daughters.