Lauren F. Winner explores the middle of the spiritual life; Gregory Wolfe encounters the work of Christopher Hitchens and Malcolm Muggeridge; Karen L. Mulder explores the (extra)ordinary work of Guy Chase; and Isaac Anderson chases the Lord God Bird. Plus, new poems by Pattiann Rogers, Daniel Tobin, Lance Larsen, and Valerie Wohlfeld; fiction by first-time novelists Jessie van Eerden and Samuel Thomas Martin; and more.
Gregory Wolfe, Mugg, Hitch, and Me
Valerie Wohlfeld, World
Elinor Benedict, Dead and Alive
Richard Chess, From the Book of Brothers
Robert A. Fink, Daniel
Richard Davey, Adrian Wiszniewski: A New Haven and a New Earth
Lauren F. Winner, Middles
Isaac Anderson, Lord God Bird
Jonathan Callard, Ritual
Lauren F. Winner, Terry Tempest William's When Women Were Birds
Marilynne Robinson's When I Was a Child I Read Books
Pico Iyer's The Man within My Head
Meir Shalev's My Russian Grandmother and Her American Vacuum Cleaner
Isaac Anderson received an MFA in nonfiction from Ohio State University. His work has appeared in Fourth River, Writer’s Chronicle, Economy of Love (The House Studio), and elsewhere. During spring of 2012, he will be writer-in-residence at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina.
Elinor Benedict is the author of five chapbooks and two poetry collections, All That Divides Us (Utah State), winner of the May Swenson Award, and Late News from the Wilderness(Main Street Rag). Her awards include the Milton Center Award for Excellence in Poetry.
Bruce Bond’s forthcoming collections of poetry include The Visible (Louisiana State) andChoir of the Wells (Etruscan). His poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Southern Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Georgia Review, New Republic, and Gettysburg Review. He is Regents Professor of English at the University of North Texas and poetry editor for American Literary Review.
Jonathan Callard is working on a memoir about faith, family, and the Protestant work ethic, a portion of which has appeared in Arts & Letters. He has written for the Dallas Morning News, Explorefaith.org, and The Lion Speaks: An Anthology for Hurricane Katrina, and has been a Vira I. Heinz Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He teaches at the University of Pittsburgh.
Richard Chess’s books of poetry are Tekiah, Chair in the Desert, and Third Temple (all from Tampa). He directs the Center for Jewish Studies at UNC Asheville, where he is Roy Carroll Professor of Honors Arts and Sciences. He has recently completed the Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training Program.
Richard Davey is a visiting fellow at the School of Art and Design at Nottingham Trent University and a member of its visual arts research group. He was principal contemporary art critic for the Church Times from 1994 to 2003 and has written a number of artists’ catalogues and curated numerous exhibitions in galleries and churches. He is currently writing a book on British artist John Newling.
Bob Fink is the W.D. and Hollis R. Bond Professor of English and director of creative writing at Hardin-Simmons University. His five books of poetry include The Tongues of Men and of Angels (Texas Tech) and Tracking the Morning (Wings). His poems and nonfiction have appeared in Image, Southern Review, Poetry, TriQuarterly, Iowa Review, New England Review, and other journals.
James Harpur’s fifth collection of poetry, Angels and Harvesters, is forthcoming from Anvil Press. His awards include the Michael Hartnett Award and the British National Poetry Competition. He has also translated the work of Boethius and written an introductory book on the Christian mystics. He is poetry editor of the Temenos Academy Review and lives in West Cork, Ireland.
Lance Larsen has published three poetry collections, most recently Backyard Alchemy(Tampa). Recipient of a Pushcart Prize and an NEA fellowship in poetry, he teaches at Brigham Young University and recently directed a study-abroad program in London.
Samuel Thomas Martin is the author of the story collection This Ramshackle Tabernacle(Breakwater), short-listed for the BMO Winterset Award. His first novel, A Blessed Snarl, is forthcoming from Breakwater Books. His stories, essays, and reviews have appeared inRiddle Fence, Canadian Literature, Comment, Christian Courier, Relief, and elsewhere. He lives in Newfoundland.
Mary Kenagy Mitchell is the managing editor of Image. Her short stories have appeared in the Georgia Review, Image, Beloit Fiction Journal, Saint Katherine Review, and the anthologies Not Safe But Good and Peculiar Pilgrims.
Karen L. Mulder is an art and architectural historian who teaches in the graduate programs at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC, and at James Madison University. She writes for artists’ monographs as well as for a variety of periodicals, including Material Religion, Preservation Education and Research, American Arts Quarterly, and The Washington Times.
Pattiann Rogers has published fourteen books, most recently The Grand Array (Trinity) andWayfare (Penguin). Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Literary Award from the Lannan Foundation, five Pushcart Prizes, two appearances in Best American Poetry, and five in Best Spiritual Writing. She lives in Colorado.
Daniel Tobin is the author of five books of poems, including The Narrows, Second Things, and Belated Heavens (all from Four Way). Among his awards are the Robert Penn Warren Award, Robert Frost Fellowship, Katherine Bakeless Nason Prize, and fellowships from the NEA and Guggenheim Foundation. He is currently interim dean of the school of the arts at Emerson College in Boston.
Jessie van Eerden, a West Virginia native, holds an MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa. Her work has appeared in Best American Spiritual Writing, Oxford American, River Teeth and other publications. She was selected as the 2007-08 Milton Fellow at Image for work on her first novel, Glorybound (forthcoming from WordFarm).
Valerie Wohlfeld’s collection Thinking the World Visible (Yale) won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize. She is also the author of Woman with Wing Removed (Truman State). Her work has appeared in Sewanee Theological Review, Christianity and Literature, Studies in American Jewish Literature, Tikkun, First Things, Yale Review, New England Review, Ploughshares, and elsewhere.
Lauren F. Winner’s books include Girl Meets God (Algonquin), Mudhouse Sabbath(Paraclete), and Still (HarperOne). She has appeared on PBS’s Religion & Ethics Newsweekly and has written for the New York Times Book Review, Washington Post Book World, Publishers Weekly, Books and Culture, and Christianity Today. She teaches at Duke Divinity School and lives in Durham, North Carolina.