Tag: Christian Wiman

  • #1 & a Recap:The Heartlands Best Reads of 2021

    #1 & a Recap:The Heartlands Best Reads of 2021

    George Saunders is our first time two-time recipient of the much-coveted Heartlands Best Reads award. Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo haunted and charmed back in 2017, but it was his master class on storytelling that captivated me this year. Saunders is a professor of creative writing at Syracuse University and he has influenced a generation […]

  • Going West With Wiman

    Going West With Wiman

    A few more words for Christian Wiman. As if my words for Joy, (an edited collection of poems), and He Held Radical Light, (a memoir), and Survival is a Style, (a personal collection of poems), have not been enough to convince you that he’s a writer worth savoring. Seeking more I went back to his […]

  • #2-Survival is a Style-Heartlands 2020 Best Reads

    #2-Survival is a Style-Heartlands 2020 Best Reads

    Like Jesmyn Ward at #3, Christian Wiman is a three-time visitor to the annual Best Reads list, having been here in 2018 for his exquisite memoir, He Held Radical Light: The Art of Faith, The Faith of Art, and in 2019 as editor of the collection, Joy: 100 Poems. In 2020 Wiman published a solo […]

  • Christian Wiman Has Nothing to Prove, And Yet He Does

    Christian Wiman Has Nothing to Prove, And Yet He Does

    Christian Wiman has nothing to prove. His output in recent years sparkles: Joy: 100 Poems, an anthology he edited with a title so out of step with the times that it circled back around to surprise us that we could feel such a thing as joy just now. He Held Radical Light: The Art of […]

  • #4–Joy: Heartlands Best Reads of 2019

    #4–Joy: Heartlands Best Reads of 2019

      Christian Wiman made the Best Reads last year with his memoir He Held Radical Light: The Art of Faith, The Faith of Art. It was poetry itself. This year his 2017 collection of poetry itself, Joy: 100 Poems, graces the list. Wiman has a wonderful soul, as we all do and would notice if we just paid […]

  • Joy Comes In the Morning: A Review of Christian Wiman’s Poetry Collection

    Joy Comes In the Morning: A Review of Christian Wiman’s Poetry Collection

    “Joy: that durable, inexhaustible, essential, inadequate word. That something in the soul that makes one able to claim again the word ‘soul.’” (xxxvii) Last year two books from Christian Wiman made their way to my reading stand. If nothing else had happened in the literary world in 2018, those two works would have been enough. […]

  • #4 Heartlands Best Reads of 2018: He Held Radical Light

    #4 Heartlands Best Reads of 2018: He Held Radical Light

    Christian Wiman’s He Held Radical Light: The Art of Faith, the Faith of Art might qualify as the most beautiful book I read all year. Wiman wrote a memoir that reminded me about the compelling nature of calling and vocation, not only for the poets he so clearly loves, but for every person of faith. There’s […]

  • Silence, Poetry & the Salvation of Seamus Heaney

    Silence, Poetry & the Salvation of Seamus Heaney

     A Review of Christian Wiman’s He Held Radical Light The poet Seamus Heaney paused in the middle of dinner and leaned over to make a confession to Christian Wiman, who was, at the time, the editor of Poetry magazine. Knowing Wiman to be a Christian not only in name, Heaney admitted that he “felt caught between […]