My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer
Friday, May 15, 2015
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Eight years ago, Christian Wiman, a well-known poet and the editor of Poetry magazine, wrote a now-famous essay about having faith in the face of death. My Bright Abyss, composed in the difficult years since and completed in the wake of a bone marrow transplant, is a moving meditation on what a viable contemporary faith—responsive not only to modern thought and science but also to religious tradition—might look like.
Joyful, sorrowful, and beautifully written, My Bright Abyss is destined to become a spiritual classic, useful not only to believers but to anyone whose experience of life and art seems at times to overbrim its boundaries. How do we answer this “burn of being”? Wiman asks, what might it mean for our lives—and for our deaths—if we acknowledge the “insistent, persistent ghost” that some of us call God?
Wiman will read selections from his new book of essays, My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer followed by conversation and a book signing.
A Morning for Writers: Craft Talk with Christian Wiman
Saturday, May 16, 2015
9:00 – 11:00 am
Writing requires solitude—but when solitude is too frequent and too deep, a writer can be isolated. This process-based morning will be a discussion with writers seeking to weave their spiritual walk into their work.
Christian Wiman is Senior Lecturer in Religion and Literature at Yale Divinity School. He is the author of numerous books of poetry, prose, and poetry in translation, most recently My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer. Born in 1966 and raised in West Texas, he graduated from Washington and Lee University. For years he traveled the world – Guatemala to the Czech Republic – devoting himself to the craft of poetry. He taught at Northwestern University, Stanford University, Prague School of Economics and was editor of Poetry magazine.