S188. The Ganesh in the Room: Speaking of Faith in the Literary Community

Room 13, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


While contemporary American literary culture embraces multiculturalism, mainstream publishing tends to favor a secular, agnostic worldview. Faith-infused literature doesn’t always fall into prescribed categories, yet nuanced, nondogmatic explorations of theology, belief, and doubt are central to the intercultural literary conversation. A Muslim poet, Christian essayist, and Jewish novelist explore these tensions from the perspectives of their own traditions and genres, sharing common ground.


Richard Chess is the author of four books of poetry, Love Nailed to the Doorpost, Third Temple, Chair in the Desert, and Tekiah. He is a regular contributor to Good Letters, the blog hosted by Image Journal. He chairs the English department and directs the Center for Jewish Studies at UNC Asheville.

Amy Frykholm is a nonfiction writer and poet who lives in Colorado. She is the author of four books of nonfiction, all in the subject area of religion and culture. She is an editor and writer for the magazine The Christian Century in Chicago.

Shadab Zeest Hashmi, author of Kohl & Chalk and Baker of Tarifa, has an MFA from Warren Wilson. She has won the San Diego Book Award and the Nazim Hikmet Poetry Prize. Her work has been published in journals and anthologies worldwide and has been translated into Spanish and Urdu.

Amy Gottlieb is the author of a novel, The Beautiful Possible. Her work has appeared in Puerto del Sol, Lilith, Storyscape, Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry, and elsewhere. Her novel was a finalist for a National Jewish Book Award and Edward Lewis Wallant Award.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside