S158. “Doubt is my Revelation”: Creative Nonfiction On Religion

Room LL5, Western New England MFA Annex, Lower Level
Saturday, March 1, 2014
10:30 am to 11:45 am


Philip Lopate has written that the essay as a form is all about doubt. But what if you’re an essayist obsessed with religion? How does a skeptic engage with devout subjects? Or alternately, how does a writer of faith reach across the divide to unbelievers? Editors of and contributors to Killing the Buddha, an online literary magazine specializing in “first person dispatches from the margins of faith,” share their experiences and discuss the essential role of doubt in writing about faith.



Brook Wilensky-Lanford is author of Paradise Lust: Searching for the Garden of Eden. Her essays appear in The San Francisco Chronicle, Guernica, and Lapham's Quarterly. She teaches in the Writing Center at Baruch College, City University of New York.

Jeff Sharlet is the bestselling author of The Family, C Street, and Sweet Heaven When I Die; coauthor of Killing the Buddha; and editor of Radiant Truths. He is a contributing editor for Harper’s, Rolling Stone, and Virginia Quarterly Review, and a Mellon Assistant Professor of Creative Nonfiction at Dartmouth College.

Nathan Schneider is the author of God In Proof: The Story of A Search from the Ancients to the Internet and Thank You, Anarchy: Notes from the Occupy Apocalypse, and an editor of Killing the Buddha and Waging Nonviolence. His writing has appeared in the Nation, Harper’s, and the Catholic Worker.

Kaya Oakes is the author of Radical Reinvention: An Unlikely Return to the Catholic Church and Slanted and Enchanted: The Evolution of Indie Culture. She teaches writing at University of California, Berkeley, and is writer in residence in creative nonfiction in the St. Mary's College MFA program.


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