Kevin Bezner has published seven collections of poetry, edited two books on American poets, and published numerous interviews with American poets and fiction writers. He holds a doctorate in English from Ohio University, a master's degree in theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary, master's degrees in English and American Studies from the University of Maryland, and a bachelor's in American Studies from Roger Williams.
Pavel Chichikov is a Washington DC-based poet and photographer. He has written for both the secular and the Catholic press on issues as diverse as Russian nuclear weapons systems, Olympic athletes, and miracles. Mysteries and Stations in the Manner of Ignatius is his third book of poems. He is also poetry editor of the popular web site Catholic Exchange. Find his work at users.erols.com/fishhook, pavel.romancatholic.org, and www.pavelreads.com.
David Craig has published thirteen collections of poetry, including THE SANDALED FOOT (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, ‘80), PETER MAURIN AND OTHER POEMS (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, ‘85), ONLY ONE FACE (White Eagle Coffee Store Press, ‘94), THE ROOF OF HEAVEN (Franciscan University Press, ‘98), MERCYS FACE, NEW & SELECTED POEMS, 1980-2000 (Franciscan University Press,’00), SONNETS FROM MATTHEW, (Franciscan University English Dept. Christian Poetry Series, ‘02), MARY HOUSE (Idylls Press,’07), WHOSE SAINTS WE ARE (Kaufmann, ‘13), and ST.FRANCIS POEMS (Wipf & Stock, ’13). He has also published three works of fiction, including THE CHEESE STANDS ALONE (CMJ Press,’97), a fictional spiritual biography of a cab driver, and one a novella, OUR LADY OF THE OUTFIELD (CMJ Press,’00). He has written a play on Margaret of Castello, MARGARET AND HER HENCHMEN and a family fantasy epic, THE UNDOING.
His poetry has been widely published (250+) and anthologized--most significantly in David Impastato’s UPHOLDING MYSTERY for Oxford University Press where he shared space with only 12 other poets in the English-speaking world. Thirty-two of his poems are included there. Those poems are also recorded in the Library of Congress, and his MERCYS FACE was chosen as one of the 500 most important literary works in the history of Christendom by MASTERPLOTS.
He has also co-edited three anthologies of Christian poetry with Dr. Janet McCann of Texas A & M University: ODD ANGLES OF HEAVEN, Harold Shaw Publishers, 1994, PLACE OF PASSAGE, Story Line Press, 2000, and POEMS OF FRANCIS AND CLARE: AN ANTHOLOGY, St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2005.
He holds M.F.A. and Ph. D. degrees from Bowling Green State University and teaches Creative Writing as a Professor at the Franciscan University of Steubenville where he edits a poetry chapbook series. He lives in Weirton, WV with his wife Linda and their three children, David Thomas, Jude Francis, and Bridget Jean.
Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, William Dunn has spent much of his life in rural northeastern Oklahoma, in an area dotted with small farms and wooded lakes. His experience in these natural surroundings provides imagery for much of his writing.
While attending Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California, he studied liberal arts and philosophy, and there he was received into the Roman Catholic Church. He later studied theology in Rome and Austria, along with a semester in Oxford. While studying at the International Theological Institute in Gaming, Austria, he became a student and friend of Fr. John Saward, who encouraged his interests in theology, and in the traditional forms of English prosody. Dunn’s essays and poems have frequently appeared in the St. Austin Review, edited by Joseph Pearce and Robert Asch. He currently teaches philosophy and theology for the Diocese of Tulsa.
Robert Fabing SJ
Fr. Robert Fabing, S.J. is a Jesuit priest and San Francisco native who lives and works at the Jesuit Retreat Center in Los Altos, California where he founded the Jesuit Institute for Family Life International Network, a world-wide network of marriage counseling and family therapy centers. (JIFLiNET.COM) He also directs the Thirty Day Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola.
Fr. Fabing has authored five books. The Eucharist of Jesus: A Spirituality of the Eucharistic Celebration; Experiencing God in Daily Life: The Habit of Reflection on Love, Joy, Need, Fear, Sorrow, Anger; Real Food: A Spirituality of the Eucharist; The Spiritual Life: Recognizing the Holy; Discipleship in Christ: Growing in Daily Spirituality. He is a senior architect for the catechism Finding God (Grades 1-8). He is also the gifted composer of eleven CDs of liturgical music: Indwelling, Be Like the Sun, Song of the Lamb, Winter Risen, Everlasting Covenant, Adoramus, Shadow of My Wings, Let Me Follow, Your Song of Love, Only Your Love, Mass for Teresa of Calcutta.
Philip C. Kolin is the University Distinguished Professor in the College of Arts and Letters at the University of Southern Mississippi where he has taught for the last 38 years. Kolin has published several books of poetry, including Deep Wonder: Poems (Grey Owl Press, 2000); Wailing Walls: Poems (Wind & Water Press, 2006); and A Parable of Women: Poems (Yazoo River Press, 2009). In addition, he has published more than 200 poems in such journals and magazines as America, Saint Anthony Messenger, Christianity and Literature, St. Austin Review, The Cresset, Christian Century, Michigan Quarterly Review, Spiritus, Theology Today, and the Penwood Review which awarded him “The Editors’ Choice” for his poem “Praying the Icons.” Kolin has also published more than 30 scholarly books on Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams, African American women playwrights, and Edward Albee as well as the widely used textbook Successful Writing at Work, now in its 10th edition with Cengage/Wadworth. He is the editor of the Southern Quarterly and the publisher/editor of Vineyards: A Journal of Christian Poetry. Kolin has been a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Hattiesburg, Mississippi for three and a half decades.
Father William Harvey Littleton, Ph.D.
William Harvey Littleton was born in Macon, Georgia, in 1928. A graduate of Emory University and Candler School of Theology, he earned a Ph.D. in Church History from the University of Edinburgh. Dr. Littleton taught at Wesleyan College in Macon; University of the South, Sewanee, TN, while earning a master’s in Sacred Theology; and Georgia College and State University, Milledgeville, where he was Dean of Students and taught philosophy. Ordained in the Methodist Church in 1950, he became an Episcopal priest in 1960, serving as rector at parishes in Georgia and Texas, and as Canon Pastor of Christ Church Cathedral, Houston. He retired in the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia in 1993, and then served Christ Church, Frederica, St. Simons Island, as assisting priest until 2007, near the live oaks where Charles Wesley once preached. Since 1991, Father Littleton has called St. Simons his home. His love for it is reflected in his eloquent poetic form ranging from sonnet to ballad, capturing the island’s exquisite beauty and rich history.
Father Dwight Longenecker
Fr. Dwight Longenecker is an American who has spent most of his life living and working in England. He was brought up in an Evangelical home in Pennsylvania. After graduating from the fundamentalist Bob Jones University with a degree in Speech and English, he went to study theology at Oxford University. He was eventually ordained as an Anglican priest and served as a curate, a school chaplain in Cambridge and a country parson. Realizing that he and the Anglican Church were on divergent paths, in 1995 Fr. Dwight and his family were received into the Catholic Church. He spent the next ten years working as a freelance Catholic writer, contributing to over twenty-five magazines, papers and journals in Britain, Ireland and the USA.
Fr. Longenecke is the editor of a best-selling book of English conversion stories called The Path to Rome—Modern Journeys to the Catholic Faith. He has written Listen My Son—a daily Benedictine devotional book which applies the Rule of St Benedict to the task of modern parenting. St Benedict and St Thérèse is a study of the lives and thought of two of the most popular saints. In the field of Catholic apologetics,Fr. Dwight wrote Challenging Catholics with John Martin, the former editor of the Church of England Newspaper. More Christianity is a straightforward and popular explanation of the Catholic faith for Evangelical Christians. Friendly and non-confrontational, it invites the reader to move from 'Mere Christianity' to 'More Christianity'. Mary—A Catholic Evangelical Debate is a debate with an old Bob Jones friend David Gustafson who is now an Evangelical Episcopalian. Fr. Longenecker's Adventures in Orthodoxy is described as ‘a Chestertonian romp through the Apostles’ Creed.’ He wrote Christianity Pure&Simple which was published by the Catholic Truth Society in England and Sophia Institute Press in the USA. He has also published How to Be an Ordinary Hero and his book Praying the Rosary for Inner Healing was published by Our Sunday Visitor in May 2008. His latest books are, The Gargoyle Code—a book in the tradition of Screwtape Letters and a book of poems called A Sudden Certainty.
Fr. Longenecker has contributed a chapter to the third volume of the best selling Surprised by Truth series and is a regular contributor to InsideCatholic, First Things, This Rock and National Catholic Register. Fr. Dwight has also written a couple of children’s books, had three of his screenplays produced, and is finishing his first novel. He’s working on The Romance of Religion and his autobiography: There and Back Again. In December 2006 he was ordained as a Catholic priest under the special pastoral provision for married former Anglican clergy. See www.dwightlongenecker.com.
Peter Milward SJ
Born in London on October 12, 1925, the Year of the Ox, Peter Milward SJ attended the Jesuit school of the Sacred Heart, Wimbledon, and joined the Society of Jesus in 1943. After studies of the Classics and English at Oxford, he arrived in Japan in 1954, and from 1962 onwards has been teaching English—with special attention to Shakespeare—at Sophia University, Tokyo. Fr. Milward has authored some 350 books, most of them published in Japan.
Specializing in Shakespearian drama, he published his first book, an Introduction to Shakespeare's Plays, 1964, followed by Christian Themes in English Literature, 1967. After further research at the Shakespeare Institute, Birmingham, 1965-66, he published Shakespeare's Religious Background, 1973; and as a result of subsequent research at the Huntington Library, California, he went on to publish two volumes of Religious Controversies of the Elizabethan Age and the Jacobean Age in 1977 and 1978.
Besides being vice-chairman of the Renaissance Institute of Sophia University, he is editor of "Renaissance Monographs" and of the Japanese Renaissance Sosho; and with the opening of the Renaissance Centre in the new library of Sophia University in 1984, he was appointed its first director. He has also published books on G.M. Hopkins (He is a prominent member of the Tokyo Branch of the Hopkins Society of Japan.) and T.S. Eliot, as well as many volumes of essays for Japanese students. His academic books on Shakespeare and Hopkins have attracted readers in England and America.
Eleanor Bourg Nicholson
Eleanor Bourg Nicholson has, by God's grace, found scope for her English degree through work as a freelance writer and editor. Her editing credits include assistant executive editor for Dappled Things, assistant editor for the Saint Austin Review, annotator for a wide range of Ignatius Critical Editions of classic texts, and editor of the ICE Mansfield Park (under her maiden name, Donlon) and the ICE Dracula. Her writing has been published in the Saint Austin Review, Dappled Things, Touchstone, the National Catholic Register, and on the First Things and The Catholic Thing blogs. She and her husband live in Charlottesville, Virginia. Mrs. Nicholson began The Letters of Magdalen Montague on a whim: part literary exercise and part spiritual therapy in the midst of graduate school.
Mrs. Nicholson considers that Magdalen Montague validates her defense of the spiritual significance of the writings of Huysmans (pace her fellow graduate students who dismissed any such reading).
Kevin O’Brien is the founder and artistic director of the Theater of the Word Incorporated, a Catholic theater company. In 2007 Fr. Joseph Fessio of Ignatius Press and Archbishop Raymond Burke, then archbishop of St. Louis, teamed with Kevin to launch the production company to spread the Gospel message through stage, film, television, audio recordings and the internet. The name is inspired by the clandestine theater company run by Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II) in Nazi occupied Poland, also called the Theater of the Word. Kevin hosts his own series "Theater of the Word" on EWTN and he and his actors appear regularly on the EWTN shows "The Apostle of Common Sense" and "The Quest for Shakespeare."
Although an atheist at an early age, Kevin’s experiences with the dramatic arts began a conversion process, that, with the help of the writings of G. K. Chesterton, eventually brought him into the Catholic Church.
Most recently Kevin has appeared in two movies, Manalive, based on the novel by G. K. Chesterton, and To Follow the Light: the Conversion of John Henry Newman.
In addition, Kevin has recorded dramatic readings of nearly two dozen audio books for Ignatius Press, and is the only person in history to play every part in a Shakespeare play, which he did for his audio reading of The Merchant of Venice: Ignatius Critical Edition. He is also a writer and frequent contributor to The St. Austin Review and Gilbert Magazine. For more information, visit www.thewordinc.org
The internationally acclaimed author of many books, which include bestsellers such as The Quest for Shakespeare (Ignatius, 2008), G.K. Chesterton: Wisdom and Innocence (Ignatius, 1997), Literary Converts (Ignatius, 2000), Tolkien: Man and Myth (Ignatius, 2001), Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile (Baker Books, 2001), and Old Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc (Ignatius, 2002), Joseph Pearce is a world-recognized biographer of modern Christian literary figures. Pearce’s books have been published and translated into several languages.
Pearce converted to the Catholic faith in 1989 as a result of “becoming friends” with several 20th-century literary figures he researched who had been Christians, and ultimately converts to Catholicism–particularly G.K. Chesterton. As a younger man, Pearce was “extremely anti-Catholic” and even had opposed Pope John Paul II’s visits to England. His earlier viewpoint gradually shifted as he learned more about the writings and beliefs of the literary converts he would eventually profile.
Currently he directs the Center for Faith and Culture at Aquinas College (Tennessee) in Nashville. Previously he held the positions of Writer-in-Residence and Professor of Humanities at Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in Merrimack, NH, and before that comparable positions from 2001-2004, at Ave Maria College in Ypsilanti, Michigan and from 2004-2012 at Ave Maria University in Ave Maria, FL. Pearce also serves as co-editor of theSaint Austin Review, a trans-Atlantic monthly cultural review (www.staustinreview.com) and series editor of the Ignatius Critical Editions (www.ignatiuscriticaleditions.com). He is also editor-in-chief of Sapientia Press.
A native of England, Pearce relocated to the United States in 2001 to serve at Ave Maria University. He and his wife Susannah have two children, Leo and Evangeline. An accomplished tutor, teacher and speaker, Pearce has participated and lectured at a wide variety of international and literary events at major colleges and universities in the U.S., Britain, Europe, South America, South Africa and Canada. He is also a regular guest on national and international television and radio programs, and has served as consultant for film documentaries on J.R.R. Tolkien and Alexander Solzhenitsyn. His thirteen-part series, The Quest for Shakespeare, based on his book of the same title, has been broadcast on EWTN.
Born 1936 in London, Anna Thérèse née Vogler graduated First Class in Classics and English Literature from Cambridge University (Newnham College) and later M. Ed. (Toronto) in Early Childhood Education (Child Psychology). She married in 1960 John Michael Rist, subsequently Professor of Classics and Philosophy at the University of Toronto, Regius Professor of Classics at the University of Aberdeen, Professor Extraordinary at the Istituto Patristico in Rome, Pritzl Professor at the Catholic University of America and author of many works in the field of Philosophy. They have four children and to date seven grandchildren. Anna Rist has taught at schools in London and Toronto and was for ten years a Lecturer in the Department of Classics at St Michael's College, University of Toronto. For the Canadian Catholic Review, of which she was an Associate Editor, she wrote numerous articles and book-reviews as well as editorials and translations of Latin hymns. She has contributed scholarship on Greek poetry to academic journals. Published books to date are: The Poems of Theocritus (Chapel Hill 1978), being verse translations and introductory essays, and We Etruscans (Lutterworth 2008), an account of her family's experiences of rural Tuscany over some 30 years.