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International Festival of Religious Faith and Literary Art

Art & Soul 2001

Art & Soul
Thursday, February 22,—Sunday, February 25, 2001

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Speakers

Larry Baker

Award-winner author of short and long fiction, most recently The Flamingo Rising, a Pulitzer-nominated first novel which appeared this month as a Hallmark television movie

Fredrick Barton, University of New Orleans

Award-winning journalist and film critic, winner of William Faulkner Prize for Fiction, and author of the novels With Extreme Prejudice and The El Cholo Feeling Passes.

Margaret Becker

One of the most distinguished and multi-faceted of Contemporary Christian musicians, Margaret has won three Dove awards, has received four Grammy nominations, has charted fourteen #1 Christian hits, and is also the author of the books With New Eyes and the forthcoming Growing Up Together.

John Biguenet, Loyola University

The Robert Hunter Distinguished Professor at Loyola University in New Orleans, John is a much-honored poet, translator, and writer, author of the books The Craft of Translation and Theories of Translation, Foreign Fictions, and a collection of short stories, The Torturer's Apprentice, forthcoming from the Ecco Press.

Michael Brandt and Derek Haas

The screenwriting team for the upcoming Brad Pitt feature The Courier, these Baylor University graduates are also writers of new TV series in development for CBS and TBS/Alliance.

Joe Christopher, Tarleton State University

Author of C. S. Lewis in Twayne's English Authors Series, over seventy essays and notes on individual Inklings, the Inklings as a group, and/or Dorothy L. Sayers, and compiler with Joan K. Ostling of C.S. Lewis: An Annotated Checklist of Writings about Him and His Works, Joe is a Professor of English at Tarleton State University.

Elizabeth Cox, Duke

Author of three novels, Familiar Ground, The Ragged Way People Fall Out Of Love, and Night Talk, and the forthcoming collection of stories Bargains in the Real World, Betsy is associate professor of the practice of writing at Duke University.

Moira Crone, Louisiana State University

Author of The Winnebago Mysteries and Dream State, winner of the William Faulkner Prize for Fiction, and Acquisitions Editor for The University Press of Mississippi.

Hal Crowther

Author of Unarmed but Dangerous and Cathedrals of Kudzu, and award-winning columnist for such publications as the Oxford American.

C. Michael Curtis

Fiction editor of the Atlantic Monthly and editor of five anthologies of short fiction, most recently God: Stories, Michael is a much sought-after speaker and workshop leader who has offered classes at Cornell, MIT, Tufts, and Boston University, and is director of the New England Writers Workshop at Emerson College.

Robert (Bob) Darden, III, Baylor University

Editor of the religion and humor magazine The Door and author of the nonfiction books The Way of an Eagle and Mad Man in Waco and the novel I, Jesus.

William Virgil Davis, Baylor University

Writer-in-Residence at Baylor University, winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award, and author of the collections One Way to Reconstruct the Scene and Winter Light, as well as books on R. S. Thomas and Robert Bly.

Marc Ellis, Baylor University

University Professor of American and Jewish Studies at Baylor University and author of such works as A Year at the Catholic Worker, Ending Auschwitz: The Future of Jewish and Christian Life, and O Jerusalem: The Contested Future of the Jewish Covenant.

Gary Ferguson

Author of fourteen books on nature and science, including the prize-winning Through the Woods: A Journey through America's Forests, Spirits of the Wild: The World's Great Nature Myths, and his most recent book, Shouting at the Sky: Troubled Teens and the Promise of the Wild. More information on Gary can be found at www.wildwords.net.

Greg Garrett, Baylor University

Winner of the William Faulkner Prize for Fiction, author of short fiction published in the U.S., Canada, Austrailia, and New Zealand, and regular contributor to such publications as Poets & Writers magazine.

Roy Herron

Lawyer, state senator from Tennessee, and author of Things Held Dear: Soul Stories for My Sons.

Jane Hirshfield

Author of Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry, the collectionsThe Lives of the Heart, The October Palace, and Of Gravity and Anges, and editor of Women in Praise of the Sacred: 43 Centuries of Spiritual Poetry by Women.

Bruce Hornsby

Three-time Grammy-winning pianist/singer/songwriter, his albums--with his band The Range and solo--include The Way It Is, Scenes from the Southside, Harbor Lights, Hot House, and the recent Spirit Trail.

David Lyle Jeffrey, Baylor University

Distinguished Professor of English at Baylor University and author of many works on religion and literature including the seminal People of the Book: Christian Identity and Literary Culture.

Rodger Kamenetz, Louisiana State University

Author of The Jew in the Lotus and Stalking Elijah, the memoir Terra Infirma, and the collections of poetry Stuck: Poems Midlife, The Missing Jew, and Nympholepsy.

Anne Lamott

Author of the critically-acclaimed novels Crooked Little Heart and Rosie, as well as the bestselling non-fiction works Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, and, most recently, Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith.

Bret Lott, College of Charleston

Author of the Oprah Book Club selection Jewel, and the novels The Hunt Club, The Man Who Owned Vermont, and Reed's Beach, as well as the critically-acclaimed short story collections How to Get Home and A Dream of Old Leaves and the memoir Fathers, Sons, and Brothers.

J. Stanley Mattson

Director of the C.S. Lewis Foundation, an organization responsible for faculty forums across America, for triennial Summer Institutes in England at Oxford or Cambridge, and for the restoration of The Kilns, Lewis' home in Oxford, as a Christian study and retreat center.

E. Ethelbert Miller, Howard University

Director of the African-American Resource Center at Howard, editor of In Search of Color Everywhere: A Collection of African-American Poetry, and author of the collections Whispers, Secrets and Promises, First Light: New and Selected Poems, and the new memoir Fathering Words.

Nancy Miller-Herron

Writer, editor, attorney, minister, and Chair of the Board of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati.

Christopher Mitchell, Wheaton College

Director of the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton, a major research center devoted to the Oxford Christians which holds more than 11,000 volumes including first editions and critical works, letters, manuscripts, audio and video tapes, artwork, dissertations, periodicals, photographs, and other related materials.

Mark Ryan

Literary agent and partner with the New Brand Agency in Florida, Ryan represents authors of both fiction and non-fiction, and has recently placed manuscripts at Pocket Books, Peachtree, Harcourt-Brace, St. Martin's, and Random House.

Luci Shaw

Author of such poetry collections as Postcard From the Shore, Polishing the Petosky Stone: New and Selected Poems, and The Angles of Light, as well as recent titles Water My Soul: Cultivating the Interior Life, and A Prayerbook for Spiritual Friends: Partners in Prayer, co-written with Madeleine L'Engle.

Lee Smith

Author of three collections of short fiction (including Me and My Baby View the Eclipse and the recent News of the Spirit) and nine novels, among them Oral History, Fair and Tender Ladies, and Saving Grace, Lee has received many awards and honors, including two O. Henry Awards and a fellowship at the Duke University Center for Documentary Studies.

David Sterritt, Long Island University/Columbia University

Film Critic, Christian Science Monitor, and author of such books as The Films of Alfred Hitchcock and Mad to be Saved: The Beats, the 50's, and Film.

Ralph Wood, Baylor University

University Professor of Religion and Literature at Baylor University, author of The Comedy of Redemption: Christian Faith and Comic Vision in Four American Novelists and regular contributor to such publications as Christian Century.

Gregory Wolfe, Seattle Pacific University

Founder and editor of Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion, and author of Malcolm Muggeridge: A Biography, Sacred Passion: The Art of William Schickel, and essays, reviews, and articles in numerous journals, including First Things, National Review and re:generation Quarterly.


Schedule

Thursday, February 22, 2001

1:30 p.m.

Welcome

2:00 p.m.

Public Presentation

  • William Virgil Davis and Luci Shaw: Readings

Concurrent Sessions

Africa

  • Chris Jones, Baylor University: The Unknown Africans: The Possibility of Justice Through the Realization of the Roots of All Humanity
  • Bob Frye, Texas Christian University: Some Lessons in the Importance of Informed Tolerance: The Book of Ruth, The Book of Jonah, and Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible

C. S. Lewis

  • Jana Keilholtz, Ball State University: Mapping Metaphor and Making Meaning in the Chronicles of Narnia
  • Daniel Hochhalter: C. S. Lewis: Presenting the Gospel to a Postmodern World through Story and the Arts
  • George Musacchio, University of Mary Hardin Baylor: C. S. Lewis and the Revision of the Anglican Psalter

Contemporary Literature

  • Michael T. VanDyke, Michigan State University: Strange Providences: Theological Implications in the Works of Paul Auster
  • A Community of Believers: The Virgin Suicides as an Augustinian Sacred Text

Panel Discussion, Fiction and Spirituality

  • Moira Crone, Louisiana State University: Moderator
  • Greg Garrett, Baylor University
  • Bret Lott, College of Charleston

Workshop

  • Scott Walker, First Baptist Church, Waco, Texas: Writing and Ministry

Readings

  • Danny Duncan Collum, Rust College: Nonfiction
  • Randall Freeman, Colorado Christian University: Fiction

3:30 p.m.

Public Presentation

  • Moira Crone and Larry Baker: Reading

Concurrent Scholarly Sessions

Lee Smith

  • Nancy Gidden, Texas State Technical Institute: Lee Smith: Space for the Spirit
  • Elizabeth Pell Broadwell, Christian Brothers University: Redemption and the Power of the Word in Lee Smith's Saving Grace
  • Donna Summerlin, Lee University: The Fiery Hand of God: Belief and Doubt in the Fiction of Lee Smith

Contemporary Literature

  • Deborah Lee Ames, Oklahoma State University: The Spiritual Autobiographer as Sleuth: The Unusual Case of Stephen Dubner and Dennis Covington
  • Joyce Compton Brown, Gardner-Webb University: The Art of Revealing the Soul: Pilgrimages of Faith and Doubt in the Fiction of Doris Betts

Film

  • Laju Balani, Baylor University: Sin and Redemption in the Lives of Edward Lewis and Vivian Ward: A Theological Reading of Pretty Woman
  • Thomas Michal, University of Oklahoma: The Gnostic Subtext of The Matrix
  • Joe Kickasola, Baylor University: The Resonant Image: Immediacy, Abstraction, and Transcendence in the Films of Tarkovsky and Kieslowski

Panel Discussion: Poetry and Spirituality

  • Steven Ostrowski, Central Connecticut State University: Moderator
  • Rodger Kamenetz, Louisiana State University
  • Judith McCune, Poetry Editor, Mars Hill Review
  • Luci Shaw

Workshop

  • Chris Seay, Ecclesia, Houston, Texas: Narrative and Postmodern Christianity

Masters Class

  • Greg Garrett, Baylor University: Using the Archetypal Hero Narrative

Master Class

  • Cindy Slates: Fiction

Master Class

  • Bob Darden, Baylor University, Editor, The Door: Humor

Readings

  • Sr. Anne Higgins: Poetry
  • Steve Weathers, Abilene Christian University: Fiction

7:00 p.m.

Public Presentation

  • Bret Lott: Reading

Public Presentation

  • David Sterritt and Mikita Brottman: Film and the Transcendent: Thoughts and Observations

8:00 p.m.

Public Presentation

  • Jane Hirshfield

9:30 p.m.

Film

  • Bird by Bird with Annie: A Film Portrait of Writer Anne Lamott. A film by Freida Lee Mock.

Friday, February 23, 2001

8:30 a.m.

Manuscript consultations

Public Presentation

  • Ethelbert Miller, Howard University: Following the Spiritual Light in the Black Literary Community

Public Presentation

  • Michelle Roop and Cindy Slates, Milton Center

Concurrent Scholarly Sessions

British Literature

  • Patrick J. Walsh: Shelley's Search
  • Tom Reedy, Texas Christian University: Con [de] structing Christianity: Victorian Sage Writers and the Enculturalization of Christianity

C.S. Lewis

  • Darci Hill, Sam Houston State University: The Mythic Vision of C.S. Lewis: Sehnsucht and His Romance Trilogy
  • Monika Hilder, Trinity Western University & Simon Fraser University: The Foolish Weakness in C.S. Lewis' Cosmic Trilogy: A Feminine Heroic
  • Ruth Givens, Wheaton College: On Being and Becoming: Reconciling Images of the Self and the Other in C.S. Lewis' Till We Have Faces

John Henry Newman

  • Frederick D. Aquino, Abilene Christian University: Modalities of Reasoning: The Significance of John Henry Newman's University Sermons for Shaping Accounts of Rationality
  • Robert H. Ellison, East Texas Baptist University: The Varieties of Newman's Anglican Rhetoric
  • Mary Jo Powell: John Henry Newman and the Reform of Oxford Education
  • Thomas R. Smith, Penn State Abington: Development in Newman's Apologia

Spiritual Realism and Contemporary Fiction

  • Trisha Yarbrough, East Central University: Genre Conventions and Expectations
  • Al Haley, Abilene Christian University: Composing Fiction in the Spiritual Realist Mode: A Case Study
  • Brian Ingraffia, Biola University: Embodying the Spiritual: Stigmata in Ron Hansen's Mariette in Ecstasy

Writing and Spirituality

  • W. Keith Duffy, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth: The Role of Spirituality in Re-envisioning Writing Pedagogy
  • Bob Ratcliff, Senior Editor, Abingdon Press: Fiction and the Craft of Theological Writing
  • Gayle Bolt Price, Gardner-Webb University: Writing as a Work of the Spirit: Learning How from Spirited Exemplars, Old and New

Panel Discussion: Nonfiction and Spirituality

  • Bob Darden, Baylor University, Editor, The Door: moderator
  • Gary Ferguson
  • Rodger Kamenetz, Louisiana State University
  • Hal Crowther

Workshop

  • Luci Shaw: Journal Writing

Readings

  • Christina Hutchins: Poetry
  • Steve Garrison, University of Central Oklahoma: Fiction
  • Joan Lindgren: The Poetry of Claudio Rodriguez: Translation/reading

10:00 a.m.

Public Presentation

  • Jane Hirshfield interviewed by Greg Garrett

Public Presentation

  • Larry Baker: Tell the Truth but Tell It Slant: Humor in Stories of Faith

Concurrent Scholarly Session

How Passionate an Intellect: A Guided Discussion of one of Dorothy Sayer's Most Famous Letters

  • Laura K. Simmons, Azusa Pacific University and Fuller Theological Seminary

Master Class

  • Roy Herron and Nancy Miller Herron: Writing for Peace and Justice

Readings

  • Anthony Butts, University of Dayton: Poetry

Readings

  • Lori Bailey, Ouachita Baptist University: Fiction

11:00 a.m.

Public Presentation

  • Bret Lott: A Few Small Words Before We Begin . . .

12:00 p.m.

Buffet luncheon for festival registrants

2:00 p.m.

Public Presentation

  • Stanley Mattson: C.S. Lewis on Education

Public Presentation

  • John Biguenet: Reading

Concurrent Scholarly Session

Writers of Faith in the Post-Modern Age: Belief and the Rhetoric of Non-Belief

  • Bea Opengart, University of Cincinnati: Moderator
  • Michael Atkinson, University of Cincinnati
  • Erin McGraw, University of Cincinnati
  • Gilah Naveh, University of Cincinnati

Panel Discussion: Editors Panel

  • Gregory Wolfe, Image: Moderator
  • Michael Curtis, The Atlantic Monthly
  • Moira Crone, University of Mississippi Press
  • Judith McCune, Mars Hill Review
  • Donna Walker Nixon, Windhover/New Texas

Master Class

  • Fredrick Barton: Fiction

Workshop

  • Margaret Becker: Songwriting

Workshop

  • Sheryl Cornett, North Carolina State University, Editor at Large, Mars Hill Review: Reluctant Praise: The Use of Filmed Novels in Teaching Creative Writing

Workshop

  • Tamara J. Jaffe-Notie: How a Short Story by Sherman Alexie Changed My Life, or, Writing for Peace and Justice Doesn't Have to Be Boring

Readings

  • Jane Piirto, Ashland University: Poetry
  • Judith McCune, Poetry Editor, Mars Hill Review: Poetry
  • Steven Ostrowski, Central Connecticut State University: Fiction

3:30 p.m.

Public Presentation

  • Christopher Mitchell, Wheaton University: C.S Lewis in Plato's Cave

Public Presentation

  • Elizabeth Cox and Greg Garrett: Reading

Concurrent Scholarly Sessions

C.S. Lewis

  • David Ringer: Christianity and C.S. Lewis' Space Trilogy
  • Larry Harwood, Viterbo University: C.S. Lewis on God and the Beautiful, the Devil, and Puritanism
  • Dominic Manganiello, University of Ottawa: Myth or Supreme Fact? Frazer's Dying God in Till We Have Faces

Reading, Writing, Understanding

  • Ryan Witt, Idaho State University: Creative 'Cloisters': Confucius and the Sacredness of Reading and Writing Groups
  • Chris Willerton, Abilene Christian University: Hypertext and the Christian Reader
  • Christina Hutchins: Leaving the Station: Poetry as Performativity and Excess

Women Writers

  • Susan J. Conover, Dakota State University: Susan and God: Religion and Women's Empowerment
  • Bruce Chabot, Texas A&M University: Mujerista Theology: Chicana Writers Claim Liberation

Panel Discussion:Spiritual Autobiography

  • Joy Jordan-Lake: Moderator
  • Margaret Becker
  • Roy Herron
  • Joy Sawyer
  • Scott Sawyer

Master Class

  • Michelle Roop: Poetry

Workshop

  • Julie Polter, Associate Editor, Sojourners Magazine: Writing for Peace and Justice (repeated Saturday morning at 8:30)

Workshop

  • Randall O'Brien, Baylor University: Storytelling as Creative Preaching

Readings

  • Kathleen Hart, Texas A&M University: Poetry
  • Thom Mannarino, Florida State University: Nonfiction
  • Elizabeth Gentry, University of Tennessee: Fiction

8:00 p.m.

Public Presentation

  • Anne Lamott

9:30 p.m.

Film

  • Donald Hall and Jane Kenyon: Keeping You Safe Beside Me
  • Moderated by co-director Ronald Shafer

Saturday, February 24

8:30 a.m.

Manuscript consultations

Concurrent Scholarly Sessions

American Literature

  • Clay Motley, University of South Carolina: An American Identity Crisis: The Damnation of Theron Ware and Late Nineteenth Century American Culture
  • Philip L. Sinitiere, Sam Houston State University: Jonathan Edwards as Parish Minister
  • Carol Munn: Emily Dickinson's Religion of Defiance

Art and Culture

  • David Landrum, Cornerstone University: C.S. Lewis on Painting: On a Painting by Chirico
  • Marcia Epstein Allentuck, CUNY & Oxford University: The Rothko Chapel in Houston: Art, Soul, and Abstraction
  • Francesca Abbate: Subversive Instants: The Authority and Agnosticism of Poetic Language

Harry Potter

  • Gina L. Burkart: Why Harry Potter Should Go to School
  • Joy A. Farmer: The Magician's Niece: G. K. Rowling and C.S. Lewis

Flannery O'Connor Society

  • Robert Donahoo, Sam Houston State University: Moderator
  • Leigh Morrison, Princeton Theological Seminary: A Predestined Man Is Hard to Find: The Role of Calvinistic Theology in Flannery O'Connor's Short Story
  • Jeffrey J. Folks, Doshisha University: Ethics in C.S. Lewis and Flannery O'Connor: Telos and Existence
  • Eric Valles, National University of Singapore
  • Finicky Saints: Contemptus Mundi in Flannery O'Connor's A Temple of the Holy Ghost, Why Do the Heathen Rage, and The River
  • Ben B. Alexander, Franciscan University of Steubenville: Flannery O'Connor and the Oxford Group: Unpublished Inklings and More

The Oxford Christians

  • Diana Pavlac Glyer, Azusa Pacific University: The Mutual Influence of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Inklings
  • Richard Kyte, Viterbo University: Encountering Strangers in the Fiction of Lewis, Williams, and MacDonald
  • James W. Skillen, Center for Public Justice: Whither the Quest for A 'Romantic' Theology?: Charles Williams' Outlines of Romantic Theology

Panel Discussion: Editor's Panel

  • David Holcomb, Editorial Director, Baylor University Press: Moderator
  • Lil Copan, Acquisitions Editor, Paraclete Press
  • Jon Pott, Editor-in-Chief, Eerdmans Books

Workshop

  • Julie Polter, Associate Editor, Sojourners Magazine: Writing for Peace and Justice

9:00 a.m.

Public Presentation

  • Fredrick Barton and Ethelbert Miller: Reading

10:00 a.m.

Public Presentation

  • Anne Lamott interviewed by Greg Garrett

Panel Discussion: The Oxford Christians

  • David Lyle Jeffrey, Baylor University: Moderator
  • Stanley Mattson, CS Lewis Foundation
  • Christopher Mitchell, Wheaton College
  • Ralph Wood, Baylor University

11:00 a.m.

Public Presentation

  • Rodger Kamenetz

Public Presentation

  • Joe Christopher, Tarleton State University: The Theistic Poetry of C.S. Lewis

2:00 p.m.

Public Presentation

  • Ralph Wood, Baylor University: C. S. Lewis' Supernaturalism: A Tolkienian Critique

Public Presentation

  • Gary Ferguson and Hal Crowther: Reading

Panel Discussion: Characterization

  • Elizabeth Cox: Moderator
  • Larry Baker
  • Bret Lott, College of Charleston
  • Fredrick Barton, University of New Orleans

Master Class

  • Michael Brandt and Derek Haas: Hollywood 101, Screenwriting

Master Class

  • Mark Ryan, New Brand Literary Agency: Publication

Master Class

  • Michael Curtis, Atlantic Monthly: Writing about God

3:00 p.m.

Public Presentation

  • Roy Herron and Nancy Miller Herron: Reading

Public Presentation

  • Breathing Together: A Play by M. Christine Tata

Concurrent Scholarly Sessions

Bringing Oxford to the Classroom

  • Diana Pavlac Glyer, Azusa Pacific University
  • Laura K. Simmons, Azusa Pacific University and Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Ralph Wood, Baylor University

Charles Williams

  • Chris Coulter, Lee University: The Novel as Worship Experience in Charles Williams' War in Heaven
  • David Mahan, Rivendell Institute, Yale University: The Poet in the King's Court: Charles Williams and the Theology of Camelot
  • Brett Foster, Yale University: Beatrice, Dis, and Metropolis: Charles Williams' Figure of the City

4:00 p.m.

Public Presentation

  • Lee Smith

8:00 p.m.

Public Presentation

  • Bruce Hornsby

Sunday, February 25

9:00 a.m.

Ecumenical Worship Service

10:00 a.m.

Concurrent Scholarly Sessions

The Oxford Christians

  • Joseph Stamey, McMurry University: Owen Barfield on the Necessity of Poetry
  • David Haggith: The Art of Worship

Master Class

  • Gary Ferguson: Fiction

Readings

  • Karen Shelley: Nonfiction
  • Ellen Herbert, Marymount University: Nonfiction