Issue 80

Our 25th anniversary issue! With two special symposia: “The Road Behind Us: Image’s Founding Generation” and “The Road Ahead: Voices for the Next Twenty-Five Years.” Featuring a conversation with former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams; five featured visual artists under 35; and fiction, poetry, and essays by younger writers.

Table of Contents

Editorial Statement

Gregory Wolfe, Cloud of Unknowing


Bryce Taylor, A Girl I Really Knew
Lindsey Griffin, Tenebrae


Amy McCann, According
Salt Wife

Derrick Austin, Byzantine Gold

Mario Chard, Night and Chaos
As Saint Mark Says They Musn’t

Mark Wagenaar, For Whom the Resurrection Is the Full Moon...
Small Graces

Lisa Ampleman, Impractical Part

Kristin G. Bagdanov, Absence Blooming
More Strange

Rowan Williams, Caldey

Victoria Kelly, Quantum Theory

Graham Hillard, Lascaux
Cotton Mather Examines Four Children...


John F. Deane, A Conversation with Rowan Williams

The Visual Arts

Cameron J. Anderson, Far as the Curse Is Found:
The Art of Scott Kolbo

Albert Pedulla, From Specimen to Spectacle:
The Unruly Art of Dayton Castleman

Linda Stratford, Carnal Beauties:
The Art of Allison Luce

William Dyrness, Things Come Alive:
The Art of Olga Lah

Katie Kresser, Mirrormind:
Lia Chavez and the Artistic Process


Image at Twenty-Five
The Road Ahead: Voices for the Next Twenty-Five Years

Casey N. Cep 
Chris Hoke 
Santiago Ramos
Molly Patterson
Dyana Herron

The Road Behind Us: Image’s Founding Generation

Kathleen Norris 
D.G. Myers
Andy Whitman
Ron Austin
Makoto Fujimura
Mary McCleary
Paul Mariani
Lauren F. Winner
Scott Cairns


Morgan Meis, Converted
Read our web-exclusive interview with Morgan Meis here.
Nick Ripatrazone, Forward into the Dark:
Twenty-Five Years of Ambition



Lisa Ampleman is the author of Full Cry (NFSPS), which won the Stevens Manuscript Competition, and I’ve Been Collecting This to Tell You (Kent State), which won the Wick Chapbook Competition. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry, Kenyon Review Online, 32 Poems, New South, Poetry Daily, and Verse Daily. She is a recent graduate of the PhD program at the University of Cincinnati and was the Mona Van Duyn Scholar at the 2013 Sewanee Writers Conference.

Cameron J. Anderson is a visual artist and writer. He completed his MFA in painting and drawing at Cranbrook Academy of Art, currently serves as executive director of Christians in the Visual Arts, and is publisher of the organization’s semiannual journal, Seen.

Derrick Austin is an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Michigan. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in New England Review, Crab Orchard Review, Unsplendid, Assaracus, Tampa Review Online, and other journals.

Kristin George Bagdanov is an MFA candidate in poetry at Colorado State University, where she is a Lilly Graduate Fellow. Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Los Angeles Review, 32 Poems, Redivider, CutBank, and others. Her chapbook We Are Mostly Water was published in 2012 by Finishing Line Press as part of the New Women’s Voices series.

Mario Chard was raised in northern Utah. He is a graduate of the MFA program in creative writing at Purdue University where he served as poetry editor of Sycamore Review. A winner of the 2012 “Discovery”/Boston Review poetry contest, he recently completed a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in poetry at Stanford University.

John F. Deane was born on Achill Island in 1943. In 1979 he founded Poetry Ireland and the Poetry Ireland Review, which he currently edits. He has published several collections of poetry and some fiction, including Snow Falling on Chestnut Hill: New & Selected Poems (Carcanet) and the novel Where No Storms Come (Blackstaff ).

William Dyrness is professor of theology and culture and a founding member of the Brehm Center for Worship Theology and the Arts at Fuller Theological Seminary. His recent work on aesthetics includes Poetic Theology: God and the Poetics of Everyday Life (Eerdmans) and Senses of Devotion: Interfaith Aesthetics in Buddhist and Muslim Communities (Wipf & Stock). He would like to express his gratitude to Olga Lah for her generous cooperation in preparing his article.

Lindsey Griffin is a prose editor for the museum of americana. She holds a BA from Wheaton College and an MFA from the University of Miami. Her short stories have appeared in Sou’wester and Blue Earth

Graham Hillard is editor of the Cumberland River Review and an associate professor of English at Trevecca Nazarene University. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in 32 Poems, The Believer, Birmingham Poetry Review, Notre Dame Review, Southern Humanities Review, and other journals. His essay “A Killing in Cordova: The Trial and Tribulations of Harry Ray Coleman” (Memphis Magazine) was a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists.

Victoria Kelly received her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and her M.Phil. in creative writing from Trinity College, Dublin, where she was a United States Mitchell Scholar. Her poetry has appeared in Southwest Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Prairie Schooner, and is forthcoming in Best American Poetry 2013. She teaches creative writing at Old Dominion University.

Katie Kresser is an associate professor of art at Seattle Pacific University, where she has headed the art history program since 2006. Her writing has appeared in Image, Christian Scholar’s Review, The Other Journal, Seen, and American Art. Her current research centers on the American watercolorist Charles Burchfield.

Amy McCann’s debut collection, Yes Thorn, is forthcoming from Tupelo Press. Other recent work has appeared in the Kenyon Review, Gettysburg Review, and West Branch. She lives in Minneapolis and teaches writing at the University of Northwestern–Saint Paul. 

Morgan Meis is critic-at-large for The Smart Set ( and an editor at 3 Quarks Daily ( He has a PhD in philosophy from the New School for Social Research and is a 2013 Whiting Award winner.

Albert Pedulla is a visual artist who also runs a design-build firm in the New York City area. He has received grants from the New Jersey Council on the Arts and the Texas Arts Commission and has been awarded residencies by the Triangle Arts Foundation and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Nick Ripatrazone’s most recent books are The Fine Delight (Cascade), an examination of Catholic literature after Vatican II, and This Darksome Burn (Gold Wake), a novella. He is a staff writer for The Millions and contributor to Esquire and the Kenyon Review.

Linda Stratford is an associate professor and Lilly Scholar at Asbury University. With James Romaine, she is coeditor of the forthcoming ReVisioning: Critical Methods of Seeing Christianity in the History of Art (Cascade).

Bryce Taylor teaches high school theology and English in Plano, Texas. His poetry and fiction have appeared in First ThingsNational Review, Literary OrphansYale Daily News Magazine, and Notre Dame’s The Juggler.

Mark Wagenaar is the author of Voodoo Inverso (Wisconsin), 2012 winner of the Felix Pollak Prize. He is 2013 winner of both the James Wright and Yellowwood Poetry Prizes. His poems are forthcoming or have recently appeared in Tin House, Beloit Poetry Journal, Blackbird, Triquarterly, and Sugar House Review. He is a doctoral fellow at the University of North Texas and can be reached on Twitter at MarkGWagenaar.

John F. Deane was born on Achill Island in 1943. In 1979 he founded Poetry Ireland and the Poetry Ireland Review, which he currently edits. He has published several collections of poetry, including Snow Falling on Chestnut Hill: New & Selected Poems and Semibreve (both from Carcanet).

Katy Didden is the author of The Glacier’s Wake (Pleiades). A recent Hodder Fellow at Princeton University, she will join the creative writing faculty at Ball State University next fall. 

Ryan Flanagan grew up in Turnersville, New Jersey, and is currently a Toulouse Dissertation Fellow at the University of North Texas. His nonfiction has appeared in CutBank and Diagram

Carrie Fountain’s poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Poetry, and Tin House. She is the author of two poetry collections, Instant Winner and Burn Lake (both from Penguin). The latter won a 2009 National Poetry Series Award. She is writer-in-residence at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.

Margaret Gibson is the author of eleven books of poetry and one prose memoir, most recently Broken Cup and Second Nature (both from Louisiana State). Her awards include the Lamont Selection for Poetry, the Melville Kane Award, the Connecticut Book Award in Poetry, and two Pushcarts. She has been a finalist for the National Book Award and is professor emerita of the University of Connecticut. 

Graham Hillard is the editor of the Cumberland River Review and an associate professor of English at Trevecca Nazarene University. He has contributed to The Believer, Notre Dame ReviewLos Angeles Review of Books, Oxford American, The Weekly Standard, and other magazines. He has been a resident fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and a Tennessee Williams scholar at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.

Kathleen L. Housley is the author of nine books, most recently the poetry collection Epiphanies (Wising Up) and The Sage of Time and Chance (Wipf & Stock), a novel based on Ecclesiastes. 

Judith Kunst is the author of The Burning Word: A Christian Encounter with Jewish Midrash (Paraclete). Her poetry has appeared in The Atlantic, Poetry, Able Muse, Measure, Southern Poetry Review, and other publications, as well as through the Spark and Echo Arts project. She lives with her family at La Lumiere School in northwest Indiana.

Morgan Meis is critic-at-large for The Smart Set and an editor at 3 Quarks Daily. He has a PhD in philosophy from the New School for Social Research and is a 2013 Whiting Award winner. 

Pattiann Rogers has published fourteen books, most recently Holy Heathen Rhapsody (Penguin). She is the recipient of two NEA Grants, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Lannan Literary Award in Poetry. Her poems have appeared in the Pushcart Prize anthology, Best American Poetry, and Best Spiritual Writing. Her papers are archived in the Sowell Collection at Texas Tech University.

Mark Sprinkle is an artist, craftsman, writer, and curator. His PhD from the College of William and Mary focused on the phenomenology of art in domestic environments. He has served as senior fellow in arts and humanities at the BioLogos Foundation and now convenes conversations on art and faith from his home in Richmond, Virginia.

John Terpstra is a poet whose most recent collection, Brilliant Falls, won the Hamilton Literary Award, and a nonfiction writer whose most recent work is The House with the Parapet Wall (both are from Gaspereau Press). He has been short-listed for both the Governor General’s Award and the Charles Taylor Prize and is, by trade, a furniture-maker.

Daniel Tobin is the author of seven books of poems, including Second Things, Belated Heavens (winner of the Massachusetts Book Award in Poetry), The Net, and the forthcoming From Nothing (all from Four Way); as well as the critical studies Passage to the Center (Kentucky) and Awake in America: On Irish-American Poetry (Notre Dame). His awards include fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation.

Brian Volck is a pediatrician who received his MFA in creative writing from Seattle Pacific University. His first collection of poetry, Flesh Becomes Word (Dos Madres), was released in 2013. He is coauthor of Reclaiming the Body: Christians and the Faithful Use of Modern Medicine (Brazos). His essays, poetry, and reviews have appeared in America, The Christian Century, DoubleTake, and Health Affairs.

Jeanne Murray Walker’s most recent books are Helping the Morning: New and Selected Poetry (Word Farm) and The Geography of Memory: A Pilgrimage through Alzheimer’s (Hachette). She is a professor of English at the University of Delaware and teaches in the Seattle Pacific University MFA Program. Her website is

Web-Exclusive Content

Read our interview with Morgan Meis, only available online!

Night and Chaos


Web Exclusive: A Conversation with Morgan Meis




More Strange


As Saint Mark Says They Mustn’t


All the Advantages


Cloud of Unknowing: Twenty-Five Years of Image


A Conversation with Rowan Williams


Carnal Beauties: The Art of Allison Luce


Studying with You


A Girl I Really Knew




For Whom the Resurrection is the Full Moon Rising


Music without Labels




Things Come Alive: The Art of Olga Lah


Small Graces


After the Local Gods




Mirrormind: Lia Chavez and the Artistic Process


Prodigal Sons and Daughters


From Culture War to Culture Care


Salt Wife


Quantum Theory


How the Light Gets In


Objects Worth Keeping


Far as the Curse is Found: The Art of Scott Kolbo




The Search for Epiphany


Beautifully Dogged


From Specimen to Spectacle: The Unruly Art of Dayton Castleman




Written in the Book


Means of Participation


Byzantine Gold


Cotton Mather Examines Four Children Afflicted by Witchcraft


Christians in the Age of Sincerity


What Now?




Forward into the Dark


Impractical Part


Absence Blooming


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