Issue 69 | Spring 2011
A conversation with Marilyn Nelson; Gaye William Ortiz on women and Islam in cinema; Kim Peavey on theological school; and Bret Lott on the creative writing workshop. With poetry by Thomas Lynch, Jennifer Atkinson, and Fleda Brown; a gorgeous personal essay by Laura Bramon Good; artwork by Marc Quinn and Chris Ofili; and more.
Gregory Wolfe, The Poetry of Exile
Michael White, Woman Holding a Balance
David Brendan Hopes, For the Virgin of Sorrows
Todd Davis, Midrash
Richard Spilman, The Age of Loss
James Romaine, Marc Quinn: The Matter of Life and Death
Charles Pickstone, Paradox of Flesh: The Art of Chris Ofili
Mary Kenagy Mitchell, A Conversation with Marilyn Nelson
Bret Lott, Writing with So Great a Cloud of Witnesses
Gaye Williams Ortiz, A Cinema of Solidarity: Women, Film, and Islam
Laura Bramon Good, Into Deep Waters
James K.A. Smith, William Dyrness's Poetic Theology
Jennifer Atkinson is the author of three books of poetry: The Dogwood Tree (Alabama); The Drowned City (Northeastern), which won the Samuel French Morse Prize; and most recentlyDrift Ice (Etruscan). She teaches in George Mason University’s MFA program.
Fleda Brown’s new book of memoir-essays is Driving with Dvorak (Nebraska). Her most recent collection of poems, Reunion (Wisconsin), won the Felix Pollak Prize. She is the author of five previous collections, and her prizes include a Pushcart and the Philip Levine Prize. She is professor emerita at the University of Delaware and was poet laureate of Delaware from 2001-07. She is on the faculty of the Rainier Writing Workshop.
Todd Davis, winner of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize, teaches at Penn State Altoona and in the MFA program at Penn State University Park. His poems have appeared in Iowa Review, Shenandoah, Gettysburg Review, West Branch, and River Styx, and on Writer’s Almanac. His books of poetry include The Least of These, Some Heaven (both from Michigan State), and Ripe (Bottom Dog), and he co-edited Making Poems: Forty Poems with Commentary by the Poets (SUNY).
Laura Bramon Good lives in Washington, DC, where she works on human trafficking issues for international relief and development agencies. She received an MA from the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars and served as the 2005 Milton Center Fellow at Image. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Best Creative Nonfiction, Image, Books & Culture, and Featherproof Press, and at Good Letters, the Image blog.
David Brendan Hopes’s most recent book of poetry, A Dream of Adonis, is available from Pecan Grove Press. He is a professor of literature at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.
Bret Lott is the bestselling author of twelve books, most recently the novel Ancient Highway(Random House) and Before We Get Started: A Practical Memoir of the Writer’s Life(Ballantine). His work has appeared in the New York Times, Yale Review, Georgia Review, and in dozens of anthologies. He teaches creative writing at the College of Charleston.
Thomas Lynch’s most recent books include Apparitions & Late Fictions (stories) and Walking Papers (poems), both published by Norton in 2010. The Sin-eater: A Breviary is forthcoming from Paraclete Press. He lives in Michigan and West Clare, Ireland.
Ed Madden is an associate professor of English at the University of South Carolina and writer in residence at Riverbanks Botanical Gardens in Columbia. His first book of poetry, Signals, won the South Carolina Poetry Book Prize. His poems appear in Best New Poets 2007 andThe Book of Irish American Poetry from the Eighteenth Century to the Present (Notre Dame).
Bonnie Nadzam has published in fiction in many journals, including Epoch, Alaska Quarterly Review, Mississippi Review, Callaloo, Kenyon Review, and StoryQuarterly. Her first novel,Lamb, is forthcoming this year from the Other Press.
Tom Noyes has published two story collections, Behold Faith and Spooky Action at a Distance (both from Dufour). He teaches creative writing in the BFA program at Penn State Erie, the Behrend College, where he also serves as consulting editor for the literary journalLake Effect.
Gaye Williams Ortiz is a lecturer in communications at Augusta State University in Georgia. She is co-editor of the books Explorations in Theology and Film (with Clive Marsh) andTheology and Film: Challenging the Sacred/Secular Divide (with Christopher Deacy; both from Wiley-Blackwell).
Kim Peavey writes and farms in New Hampshire. Her work has appeared in Small Farmer’s Journal, Mothering, and Albatross.
Charles Pickstone, like Chris Ofili, is a native of Manchester. He is the vicar of a predominantly Afro-Caribbean parish in Catford, southeast London, and a frequent writer and lecturer on the spirituality of art. An article previously published in Image won the Bernard Denvir/AICA prize for art criticism in 2006.
Dr. James Romaine is a New York based art historian. He is an Associate Professor of art history and chair of the department of art history at Nyack College. Dr. Romaine is the co-founder the Association of Scholars of Christianity in the History of Art (ASCHA);http://christianityhistoryart.org/.
James K.A. Smith teaches philosophy and theology at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His new book, How Worship Works: Imagining Liturgy as Literature, will appear next year from Baker Academic.
Richard Spilman is the author of In the Night Speaking, winner of a Sacramento Poetry Center Prize, and a chapbook, Suspension, winner of a New American Press award. He has also written two collections of short fiction: Hot Fudge (Poseidon), a New York Times Notable Book, and The Estate Sale (Texas Review), winner of the George Garrett Prize.
G.C. Waldrep’s collections of poetry include Goldbeater’s Skin (winner of the Colorado Prize),Disclamor (BOA), and Archicembalo (Tupelo; winner of the Dorset Prize). A fourth, Your Father on the Train of Ghosts (in collaboration with John Gallaher) is forthcoming from BOA Editions. He has work in recent or forthcoming issues of American Poetry Review, The Nation, New England Review, New American Writing, and other journals. He teaches at Bucknell University.
Jeanne Murray Walker is the author of seven poetry collections, including A Deed to the Light (Illinois) and New Tracks Night Falling (Eerdmans). 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 Image and Shenandoah. Her plays have been produced across the US and in London. She is a professor of English at the University of Delaware and a mentor in the Seattle Pacific University MFA Program.
Michael White was educated at the University of Missouri and the University of Utah, where he received his PhD. His most recent books are Palma Cathedral, which won the Colorado Prize, and Re-entry (North Texas), which won the Vassar Miller Prize. His work has been published in the Paris Review, New Republic, Kenyon Review, Missouri Review, and Best American Poetry, and his awards include an NEA Fellowship. He teaches in the MFA program at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.