Chris Hoke is currently in his second year of study at the SPU MFA with a concentration in Creative Nonfiction. He lives in the Skagit Valley, north of Seattle, where he works as a chaplain in the Skagit County jail and pastor among gang members in the valley. He is part of Tierra Nueva Ministries.
We are pleased to share with you a heartbreaking story he wrote for National Public Radio about his friend Richard, who died in prison. Listen to the piece, “Walk in My Shoes,” here.
Chris had this to say about the SPU MFA:
“In seminary classes I’ve learned how to read the Bible narratives. In English literature classes I’ve learned how to see deeper into fictional narratives. But in this MFA program, doing spiritual writing, or creative nonfiction, I’m finally put to work learning how to interpret my own stories, from childhood to jailhouse. And I can only do that when they are written. As I write, a sense for mystery in my own experiences is growing. I love this program for that.”