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I work as a teacher, poet and spiritual director at a number of institutions in the DC area. My teaching focuses in various ways on writing, poetry, Spirituality and Christian vocation and ministry - especially from the point of view of the laity. I also offer classes and retreats encouraging people to explore their inner lives, engage their creativity and reflect on their beliefs about God, vocation, and how we can discern and pursue new ways to transform our broken world. I enjoy speaking of faith in the secular academy as well as reminding those preparing for ministry in the Church that our primary purpose is to love and serve the world beyond the church's doors. I love helping people to grow in faith and to find their own voices, and I also love encouraging them to use their minds. I see no contradiction between these impulses, believing as I do that faith, reason and creativity work together.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Verse and Vision: a Poetry Conference April 28-29 2017



My new book, "Good Places," is out and available from Finishing Line Press, and I'm starting to offer some readings and promotions which I'll put up on this page as they come up.  

For instance, I'm looking forward to being part of a conference on "Voice and Vision," inviting many in the DC area to come together and reflect on the connections among poetry, spirituality and liturgy. 

I'll be participating in what promises to be an exciting poetry festival on "Verse and Vision" in DC April 28 and 29.  Information and registration are at http://www.verseandvision.org.  I'll be reading some poems at the concert Friday evening at Western Presbyterian Church in Foggy Bottom, and then on Saturday morning, at the Church of the Pilgrims near Dupont, participating in a panel discussion in the morning and leading a workshop on Praying with Poetry in the afteroon.   Please come if you can, and help me spread the word.