In this annual lecture, Marie Howe will offer a reading of her poetry and engage in a conversation about her work. Author of four volumes of poetry, Howe explores questions of vital spiritual importance, such as what is the difference between the self and the soul? Or the secular and the sacred? Where is the kingdom of heaven? And how does one live in Ordinary Time?
The conversation will be facilitated by Dr. David Mahan, executive director of the Rivendell Institute at Yale, co-director of the Rivendell Center for Theology and the Arts, and lecturer in Religion and Literature at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music.
Marie Howe is the author of four volumes of poetry, most recently Magdalene: Poems (WW Norton, 2017) She has been a fellow at the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College, a recipient of NEA and Guggenheim fellowships and the Academy of American Poets fellowship. From 2012-2014, she served as the Poet Laureate of New York State. She is the poet in residence at The Cathedral Church of St John the Divine, and a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.
David Mahan is a lecturer in Religion and Literature at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. A graduate of Yale Divinity School in Religion and Literature (1995) and winner of the Religion and the Arts Prize, Dr. Mahan has focused on the relationship between works of the literary imagination and the tasks of Christian theology, teaching classes that offer theological readings of 20th-21st century fiction and poetry, and Christian poetics.