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Writing from the Soul


Writing from the Soul, a conference for literary writers of faith or for whom faith and spirituality are central concerns, was held at Plaza Resolana Conference Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, September 7-12, 2000, in conjunction with the Southwest Literary Center at Recursos de Santa Fe. Activities included manuscript consulations, readings, panel discussions, master classes, and cultural events, including the Santa Fe Fiesta weekend.

Writing from the Soul Faculty and Readers

Mary Doria Russell (guest speaker): Best-selling author of The Sparrow (a Book of the Month Club, Quality Paperback Book Club selection, and forthcoming feature film starring Antonio Banderas) and Children of God, her haunting novels are a thought-provoking blend of science fiction, theology, and entertainment.

Jack Butler (fiction and poetry): Author of two books of poetry, four novels (including the Pulitzer and Pen/Faulkner finalist Living in Little Rock with Miss Little Rock), and a food book, Jack's Skillet. Jack, also a talented painter, teaches creative writing at the College of Santa Fe.

Greg Garrett (fiction and nonfiction): A regular contributor to Poets & Writers magazine, popular speaker on creativity, narrative, and spirituality, and an award-winning writer of short fiction, essay, and memoir published in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Greg is associate professor of English and director of the Art & Soul writing conference at Baylor University.

Marc Ellis (nonfiction): Author of nine books of theology and memoir, among them A Year at the Catholic Worker, Ending Auschwitz : The Future of Jewish and Christian Life, O, Jerusalem! : The Contested Future of the Jewish Covenant, and Unholy Alliance : Religion and Atrocity in Our Time. Marc is University Professor of Jewish and American Studies at Baylor University.

Joan Logghe (poetry and journal writing): Editor of Another Desert : Jewish Poetry of New Mexico and Catch Our Breath: Writing from the Heart of AIDS, and poet who has published the collections Sofia, Twenty Years in Bed with the Same Man, and Blessed.