Issue 82

A conversation with David Bazan; Hannah Faith Notess on the drawings of Gala Bent; an essay on Kurt Vonnegut by Dan Wakefield; and poems by Karen An-hwei Lee, Luis Alberto Urrea, and Bobby C. Rogers. With an exploration of the murals of Kent Twitchell; essays by D.L. Mayfield and Bruce Cockburn; reviews by Luke Hankins of poetry by Scott Cairns, Tarfia Faizullah, and Franz Wright; and more.

Table of Contents

Editorial Statement

Gregory Wolfe, Augustine's Seven Habits of Highly Effective Writers


Walter Wangnerin Jr., Moravia


Philip Terman, Our Royalty

Luis Alberto Urrea, You Who Seek Grace from a Distracted God

Moira Linehan, The Sea Here, Teaching Me

Karen An-hwei Lee, Grace in Action or Murphy’s Law in Reverse
Meditation on the Evangelista

Bobby C. Rogers, Smokers, Sunday Morning, 1975

Robert Cording, Poverty

Margaret Mackinnon, Emerson Mourns the Death of His Son

Jeff Gundy, Being the Song
Further Notes on the Martyrs

Betsy Sholl, Making Dinner I Think about Poverty—
The Grackles

John F. Deane, Name and Nature


Kurt Armstrong, A Conversation with David Bazan

Visual Arts

Jim Hinch, 111th Street Jesus: The Art and Faith of Muralist Kent Twitchell

Hannah Faith Notess, Hanging Gardens: The Drawings of Gala Bent


Dan Wakefield, Kurt Vonnegut, Christ-Loving Atheist
Read our web-exclusive interview with Dan Wakefield here.

Bruce Cockburn, The Subject of Longing


D.L. Mayfield, The Rule of Life

Book Review

Luke Hankins, Scott Cairns's Idiot Psalms
Tarfia Faizullah's Seam
Franz Wright's F


Kurt Armstrong is a lay minister at Saint Margaret’s Anglican Church in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He is the author of Why Love Will Always Be a Poor Investment (Wipf & Stock) and has published stories, reviews, and essays in the Globe and Mail, Geez, and Paste, among others.

Bruce Cockburn is an internationally recognized singer-songwriter whose work has been covered by Jerry Garcia, Chet Atkins, the Barenaked Ladies, Judy Collins, and k.d. lang. A native of Ottawa, he is known for his activism on issues ranging from native rights and land mines to the environment and third-world debt, and for his work with organizations such as Oxfam and Doctors without Borders.

Robert Cording teaches English and creative writing at College of the Holy Cross, where he is the Barrett Professor of Creative Writing. He has published seven collections of poems, including Common Life, Walking With Ruskin (both from CavanKerry), and A Word in My Mouth: Selected Spiritual Poems (Wipf and Stock).  A new book, Only So Far, is forthcoming from CavanKerry Press. 

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). 

Jeff Gundy’s sixth book of poems is Somewhere Near Defiance (Anhinga). His fourth prose book, Songs from an Empty Cage: Poetry, Mystery, Anabaptism, and Peace (Cascadia), contains essays on theopoetics. He teaches at Bluffton University in Ohio, but will spend the spring 2015 semester teaching and writing at LCC International University in Klaipeda, Lithuania.

Luke Hankins is the author of a collection of poems, Weak Devotions, and the editor of Poems of Devotion: An Anthology of Recent Poets (both from Wipf & Stock). He is founder and editor of Orison Books, a nonprofit literary press focused on the life of the spirit from a broad range of perspectives, and also serves as senior editor at Asheville Poetry Review

Jim Hinch is a religion correspondent for the Orange County Register and a senior contributing editor for Guideposts Magazine. He has written for Politico, American Scholar, Los Angeles Review of Books, Boom: A Journal of California, and other publications.

Karen An-hwei Lee is the author of Phyla of Joy, Ardor (both from Tupelo), and In Medias Res (Sarabande), winner of the Kathryn A. Morton Prize and the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. Her work has appeared in The American PoetPoetry, Kenyon Review, Journal of Feminist Studies and Religion, Gulf Coast, and Columbia Poetry Review.

Moira Linehan’s newest collection, Incarnate Grace, is forthcoming from Southern Illinois University Press, which also published her first book, If No Moon. Other new work appears inAmerica, Boston College Magazine, Crab Orchard Review, Journal of Medical HumanitiesQuiddity, Salamander, South Carolina Review, and Southwest Review

Margaret Mackinnon’s work has appeared in Image, Poetry, Christianity and Literature, and other publications. Her awards include the Richard Eberhart Poetry Prize from Florida State University and the Graybeal-Gowen Poetry Prize from Shenandoah and Washington and Lee University. Her first book, The Invented Child (Silverfish), won the Gerald Cable Book Award.

D.L. Mayfield lives and writes in the Midwest. She has written for McSweeney’s, Geez, andThe Other Journal. A book of her essays, tentatively titled Dispatches from the Wanderers, is forthcoming from HarperOne. 

Hannah Faith Notess is the author of the poetry chapbook Ghost House (Floating Bridge) and editor of the essay collection Jesus Girls: True Tales of Growing up Female and Evangelical (Cascade). She is managing editor of Seattle Pacific University’s Responsemagazine. Her first full-length book of poems is forthcoming from Southern Indiana Review Press.

Bobby C. Rogers is professor of English and writer-in-residence at Union University. His book Paper Anniversary (Pittsburgh) won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize and the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts’ Arlin G. Meyer Prize. His work appears in the Everyman’s Library Poems of the American South.

Betsy Sholl’s most recent book of poems is Otherwise Unseeable (Wisconsin). She teaches in the MFA program of Vermont College of Fine Arts and was poet laureate of Maine from 2006 to 2011. 

Philip Terman’s recent collections of poetry include The Torah Garden, Rabbis of the Air, and the forthcoming Our Portion: New and Selected Poems (all from Autumn House). Recent poems have appeared in The Sun, Prairie Schooner, and 99 Poems for the 99 Percent. He co-directs the Chautauqua Writers’ Festival and teaches at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. 

Luis Alberto Urrea is the author of thirteen books of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, and a member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame. His memoir Nobody’s Son: Notes from an American Life (Arizona), won the American Book Award; his nonfiction book The Devil’s Highway (Back Bay) won the Lannan Literary Award. He is a professor of creative writing at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Dan Wakefield’s novels include Going All The Way and Starting Over, which were made as feature films, and Under the Apple Tree: A Novel of the Homefront (all from Delacorte), newly released as an ebook. His memoirs include Returning: A Spiritual Journey (Doubleday), and New York in the Fifties (Houghton Mifflin), which is the basis of a documentary film available on Netflix. 

Walter Wangerin has written fiction, essays, children’s stories, and biblical exposition. His novel Book of the Dun Cow (Harper & Row) received the National Book Award and the New York Times Best Children’s Book Award. His most recent work is The Third Book of the Dun Cow: Peace at the Last (Diversion). He is a senior research professor at Valparaiso University.

Web-Exclusive Content

Read our interview with Dan Wakefield, only available online!

Which I is I?


Grace in Action or Murphy’s Law in Reverse


Web Exclusive: A Conversation with Dan Wakefield


Meditation on the Evangelista


111th Street Jesus: The Art and Faith of Muralist Kent Twitchell


Emerson Mourns the Death of His Son


Hanging Gardens: The Drawings of Gala Bent


Being the Song


Kurt Vonnegut, Christ-Loving Atheist


Further Notes on the Martyrs


The Subject of Longing


Making Dinner I Think about Poverty—


The Rule of Life


Augustine’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective Writers


The Grackles




Name and Nature


Our Royalty


Smokers, Sunday Morning, 1975


You Who Seek Grace from a Distracted God




The Sea Here, Teaching Me


A Conversation with David Bazan


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