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I've been basking in the summery glow of new music from Sam Phillips and reminiscing about what happened two years ago.In 2011, Sam Phillips visited Seattle, and was honored with the eighth annual Denise Levertov Award.She performed a few songs, paused for an onstage interview by yours truly, and then performed again. It was a thrill to share the stage with a singer and songwriter who has inspired me, album after album, song after song, since I was 16 years old.But I would have been … [Read more...]

Eugene Peterson, who gave us “The Message,” is in Seattle on Saturday.

Eugene Peterson will lecture, read & receive the annual Denise Levertov award, Sat. at 7:30.The event is free & open to the public.I am so grateful for Peterson. I'm halfway through his new book, Tell It Slant, and it's changing the way I think about storytelling. I'm also grateful for his words about Through a Screen Darkly, which appear on the book's back cover. And I get a little giddy thinking about how Bono carries around copies of The Message and gives them away to people … [Read more...]

“The Iraq war calls for some serious rethinking by Christians…”

David P. Gushee at Christianity Today considers "Our Teachable Moment." This month the President will receive reports from commanders in the field about whether the troop surge in Iraq is accomplishing its goals. Until now, he has resisted calls to reconsider his strategy or to begin a withdrawal, despite eroding public support for the war.Such deep public distress about the war makes this a teachable moment for all of us, as Christians and as Americans. It's not enough to find a way out of … [Read more...]

This Year’s Denise Levertov Award Goes To…

Here's an exciting announcement from the folks at Image.And what a great choice. I've had the privilege of meeting Mr. Lott and hearing him read last summer, and I was mightily impressed. … [Read more...]

And the Denise Levertov award goes to…

News from the house of Wolfe... Image journal and the Department of English at Seattle Pacific University established the Levertov Award to honor one of the twentieth century's greatest poets. Levertov, who spent her last years in Seattle , embraced the landscape and culture of the Pacific Northwest. Levertov's identity as a Christian believer—a pilgrim whose faith was inextricably entwined with doubt—became another important facet of her work, particularly in her later poetry.The Levertov A … [Read more...]

Congratulations to Madeline DeFrees…

...who I had the pleasure of meeting unexpectedly on Sunday at Elliott Bay Bookstore, while standing in line to have a book signed by another author.DeFrees is the first recipient of the Denise Levertov Award from Image.If you want to know why... … [Read more...]


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