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Writing, Alone

By Brian Volck

Writing, at least writing anything worthwhile, is a lonely business, and I’m a lonely person. Some will surely scoff at that last bit. Others will say I’m whining. After all, I’ve been married nearly twenty-five years to a woman I’m absolutely in love with and I have more friends than any man deserves. Continue Reading …

SPU-Tube: The MFA Videos

Learn more about the seven videos we’ve put together to give you an up-close-and-personal window onto the SPU MFA in Creative Writing. Each video contains interviews with students and faculty in our program speaking directly from their experience. Continue Reading …

“Rigorous & Distinctive”: AWP Assesses Us

In 2009, the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP), the national professional organization in the realm of creative writing, undertook a comprehensive assessment of our MFA program. Here are excerpts from their final report. Continue Reading …

Do This in Memory

By Gregory Wolfe

I’d like to say a few words today about memory, inspired by St. Augustine, whose Confessions we have been reading together. The Confessions are the first great work of autobiography in Western culture. And they have much wisdom to offer to writers, and perhaps especially to writers who care deeply about matters of faith. Continue Reading …

Stabat Mater

By Kelly Foster

My maternal grandmother died somewhat unexpectedly last night. Two weeks ago, she entered the hospital and then a rapid-fire sequence of strokes took their toll on her body, already deteriorated by years of advanced Alzheimer’s and emphysema. Last night, my family all waited beside her hospital bed, watching her collect already shrunken breaths, scattershot and infrequent. Continue Reading …

Writing the Symphony

By Gregory Wolfe

On behalf of the staff and faculty of the SPU MFA program, I’d like to offer a warm welcome to all the friends and family of the graduates—including a number of alumni—who have come here to celebrate this special day. I am going to confess to you that it is a little harder for me today to maintain the sort of gravitas that I normally reserve for occasions such as this. That’s because it’s less than 24 hours since the “Santa Fe Lullabies” contest. Continue Reading …

Waiting on Hilarity

By Allison Backous

I have a confession to make. The kind of confession that reveals you as someone who is more pathetic than depraved. I once had a profile on eharmony.com. And by “once,” I mean “recently,” and by “had,” I mean “waiting for my membership to end so that I can close the profile once and for all and forget that this ever happened.” Continue Reading …

Rock-n-Roll Paradise

By Dyana Herron

The first time I experienced a true yearning for heaven, I wasn’t in church—I was at a rock concert. I mean, if you could call it that. In Atlanta, in what amounted to not much more than a glorified gymnasium, Icelandic group Sigur Ros (in English: “Victory Rose”) sawed out their trademark brand of intensely emotive, atmospheric music. Continue Reading …

Eat

By Kelly Foster

Since birth, the rhythm of my week has been set by church. Both my parents have held leadership positions in the varied churches we have attended over the years. In one of the many commonplaces of the evangelical testimony, I could easily say that I was indeed trained to be in church “every time the doors were open.” Continue Reading …

Carry Me

By Brian Volck

Of late, I’ve been reading some works at the intersection of theology and the impaired body. As a physician trying to live as a Christian, that’s where I spend much of my professional time. While I treasure idealized portrayals of the human figure in classical and Italian Renaissance art, I – like you, perhaps – am an imperfect body in a suffering world. Continue Reading …



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