Christian Wiman

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Senior Lecturer in Religion and Literature

Christian Wiman is the author, editor, or translator of eight books.  His most recent book is My Bright Abyss:  Meditation of a Modern Believer (FSG, 2013), which the New Republic called “an apologia and a prayer, an invitation and a fellow traveler for any who suffer and all who believe.”  His most recent book of poems, Every Riven Thing (FSG, 2010), won the Ambassador Book Award and was listed as one of the ten best books of the year by the New Yorker.   Of his work as a whole, Marilynne Robinson writes, “His poetry and scholarship have a purifying urgency that is rare in this world.  This puts him at the very source of theology, and enables him to say new things in timeless language, so that the reader’s surprise and assent are one and the same.”  Mr. Wiman has been a Jones Lecturer in Poetry at Stanford and a visiting assistant professor of English at Northwestern, and for three years he served as Visiting Scholar at Lynchburg College in Virginia.  From 2003 until 2013 he was the editor of Poetry magazine, the premiere magazine for poetry in the English-speaking world.  During that time the magazine’s circulation tripled, and it garnered two National Magazine Awards from the American Society of Magazine Editors.  For the magazine’s centennial year, Mr. Wiman edited, with Don Share, The Open Door:  One Hundred Poems, One Hundred Years of Poetry Magazine (University of Chicago Press, 2012).  Mr. Wiman has written for the New Yorker, the New York Times Book Review, the Atlantic Monthly, and numerous other publications.  He is a former Guggenheim Fellow and holds an honorary doctorate of humane letters from North Central College.  His particular interests include modern poetry, the language of faith, “accidental” theology (that is, theology conducted by unexpected means), and what it means to be a Christian intellectual in a secular culture.  B. A., English Literature, Washington and Lee University

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