A conversation with Li-Young Lee, plus three new poems; Samuel Gray Anderson enters the enchanted world of Nick Cave; and Randy Boyagoda offers a short story about an accidental saint. Plus, Gregory Wolfe on the problem of silence; poems by Marjorie Stelmach, Bronwen B. Newcott, and Jill Bergkamp; novelist Samuel Thomas Martin on the photography of Jonathan Castellino; stained glass by Thomas Denny; and more.
Gregory Wolfe, The Harboring Silence
Samuel Thomas Martin, Candy and Copenhagen:
Encountering the Art of Jonathan Castellino
Mark Cazalet, Walking Man: The Art of Thomas Denny
Paul T. Corrigan, A Conversation with Li-Young Lee
Read our web-exclusive interview with Samuel Gray Anderson here.
Michelle Syba, Something Understood
Samuel Gray Anderson lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son. He grew up in South Carolina and studied English at Yale University. He is cofounder of Almond Tree Films, with which he writes, produces, and directs film projects.
Jill Bergkamp works as a director of children’s ministries in West Palm Beach and teaches at Palm Beach Atlantic University. She is at work on a collection of poems on faith, memory, and resilience, and has poems published or forthcoming in Third Coast, Southeast Review, Sugar House Review, Rattle, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, and Christian Century. She was the recipient of a Rona-Jaffe Breadloaf Poetry Scholarship.
Randy Boyagoda is the author of two novels, Governor of the Northern Province and Beggar’s Feast (both from Viking). His latest book is a biography of Richard John Neuhaus. He lives in Toronto with his wife and four daughters and is currently completing a new novel.
Mark Cazalet is a contemporary British artist based in London. His current projects include two large engraved glass screens for the Community of the Resurrection in Mirfield. During 2016 he will be in residency at Bury Saint Edmund’s Cathedral painting pilgrims’ portraits. He is a senior member of faculty at the Royal Drawing School in London.
Paul T. Corrigan teaches English at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. He has written about poetry and spirituality in Literature & Belief, Christianity & Literature, Sewanee Theological Review, and elsewhere.
Tim Farrington’s work has appeared in The Sun, Zyzzyva, and San Francisco Magazine. He is the author of several novels, including The Monk Downstairs and Lizzie’s War, and the nonfiction A Hell of Mercy (all from HarperOne). He lives in Washington, North Carolina.
Brett Foster is the author of two poetry collections, The Garbage Eater (Triquarterly /Northwestern) and Fall Run Road, which was awarded Finishing Line Press’s 2012 Open Chapbook Prize. A third collection, Extravagant Rescues, is forthcoming. His writing has appeared in Books & Culture, Boston Review, Hudson Review, Kenyon Review, Poetry Daily, Raritan, Southwest Review, and Yale Review. He teaches creative writing and Renaissance literature at Wheaton College.
Joel Heng Hartse teaches academic writing at Simon Fraser University. He writes about popular music for Christianity Today, Geez, and other publications and is the author of Sects, Love, and Rock & Roll (Cascade).
Christopher Howell has published ten collections of poems, most recently Gaze (Milkweed) and Dreamless and Possible: Poems New & Selected (Washington). Other recent work may be found in the pages of Field, Miramar, Pleiades, and the Gettysburg Review. Since 1996 he has taught at Eastern Washington University’s Inland NW Center for Writers in Spokane, where he is also director of Willow Springs Books and director and principal editor for Lynx House Press.
Richard Jones is the author of Apropos of Nothing and The Correct Spelling & Exact Meaning, both from Copper Canyon. A new collection, King of Hearts, is forthcoming from Adastra. He is the editor of Poetry East and its many anthologies, including Bliss, Origins, and Paris.
Li-Young Lee’s most recent books of poetry are Book of My Nights (BOA) and Behind My Eyes (Norton). He is also the author of a memoir, The Winged Seed (Simon & Schuster). His awards include six Pushcart Prizes, a Lannan Literary Award, and Guggenheim and NEA fellowships.
Samuel Thomas Martin is the author of story collection This Ramshackle Tabernacle (Breakwater), short-listed for Canada’s BMO Winterset Award, and the novel A Blessed Snarl (Breakwater), long-listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
Bronwen Butter Newcott grew up in Washington, DC. After completing her MFA, she moved to southern California with her husband where she taught high school, art journal workshops, and had her first two children. She now lives in the DC area with her family. Her work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Indiana Review, Smartish Pace, Poet Lore, and other publications.
Joshua Robbins is the author of Praise Nothing (Arkansas). He teaches creative writing and literature at the University of the Incarnate Word and lives in San Antonio.
Marjorie Stelmach’s fourth volume of poems is Without Angels (Mayapple). Previous volumes include A History of Disappearance and Bent upon Light (both from Tampa). Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Boulevard, Cincinnati Review, Gettysburg Review, and Prairie Schooner. She lives in Saint Louis.
Michelle Syba teaches literature at Dawson College in Montréal.
William Wenthe’s latest book of poems is Words Before Dawn (Louisiana State). His forthcoming book, God’s Foolishness, will appear in spring 2016.
Read our interview with Samuel Gray Anderson on Nick Cave, only available online!