Christian Wiman

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Senior Lecturer in Religion and Literature

Christian Wiman is the author, editor, or translator of eight books including, most recently, My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013), which was named one of the ten best nonfiction books of the year by the Wall Street Journal. His new book of poems, Once in the West, will be published in the fall of 2014. Mr. Wiman has taught at Stanford, Northwestern, Lynchburg College in Virginia, and the University of Economics, Prague. 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 three National Magazine Awards from the American Society of Magazine Editors. Mr. Wiman has written for The New Yorker, the New York Times Book Review, The Atlantic, 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, Russian literature, 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. Washington and Lee University

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Literature