The Other World in This: An Image Journal Reading

Rooms 443-444, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 4
Saturday, March 11, 2023
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Poets, novelists, and essayists from Image journal upend our assumptions about religion. Rather than escaping the world or evading humanity, writing that grapples with spiritual struggle is deeply attuned to the hopes and heartbreak of this world. Precisely because it doesn’t shy away from enduring themes of religious devotion, such writing probes the depths of human complexity and the visceral experience of being embodied. We will highlight such work across multiple genres.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_Event_Outline.pdf



Scott Cairns directs the Seattle Pacific University low-res MFA—an ecumenical, affirming program despite what you've heard about SPU. He has received the Denise Levertov Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His books include Slow Pilgrim, followed by Anaphora. His spiritual memoir is Short Trip to the Edge.

Joyelle McSweeney is the author of ten books, including the critical book, The Necropastoral: Poetry, Media, Occults, and the poetry volume, Toxicon and Arachne, winner of the Shelley Memorial Prize from the Poetry Society of America. She edits Action Books and teaches at Notre Dame.

Sarah Stone is the author or coauthor of three books, including Hungry Ghost Theater: A Novel, a finalist for the 38th Annual Northern California Book Awards, and Deepening Fiction (with Ron Nyren). She teaches online for Stanford Continuing Studies and was a 2020 LABA East Bay Fellow.

Fady Joudah's fifth collection of poetry, Tethered to Stars, is from Milkweed Editions. He is a the recipient of the Griffin International Poetry prize and the Yale Series for Younger Poets award, among other. He is a practicing physician in Houston, Texas.

Shane McCrae’s most recent book is Sometimes I Never Suffered, shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. He has received a Lannan Literary Award, a Whiting Writer’s Award, an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, a Guggenheim fellowship, an NEA fellowship, and an NYFA fellowship. He teaches at Columbia University.


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