Archived entries for Alumni News

“Walk in My Shoes”: Chris Hoke

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. Continue Reading …

The New Editor of Good Letters

IMAGE editor and MFA program director Gregory Wolfe is passing editorial oversight of Good Letters to Cathy Warner, a recent graduate of the MFA program. Continue Reading …

Impacting the World for the Better: Danielle Jones

One of the things I enjoyed most about the SPU program was studying with and under like-minded people. The students and faculty at SPU care about struggling with and answering–however provisionally–the big questions. Continue Reading …

“Coming Home to a Place He’d Never Been”: Daniel Bowman Jr.

In “Rocky Mountain High,” John Denver describes first seeing the mountains of Colorado as “coming home to a place he’d never been before.” My experience in the SPU MFA program was like that. Continue Reading …

“Beautiful Work is the Soul of Our Culture”: Elizabeth Myhr

When I decided, after twenty years of writing, that it was time to go back to school, I looked for three things in a program: intellectual rigor, high standards for the art, and a program that would support what I considered a fact of art — that beautiful work is the soul of our culture. Continue Reading …

“Writing Is a Spiritual Exercise”: Jessica Eddings-Roeser

Before enrolling in the MFA program at SPU, I never told anyone that I was a writer. I felt like it was a hobby that I loved, but not necessarily an activity that I could justify given the needs of my family, students, and the hurting world. Continue Reading …

“Craft is Simply a Matter of Hard Work”: Vic Sizemore

Since graduating from SPU’s MFA program in 2009 with a degree in Fiction, Vic Sizemore has remained hard at work crafting short stories and sending them into the world. Continue Reading …

“Spinning and Being Spun”: Nancy Nordenson

At the outset, my primary goal in enrolling in the program was to become a better writer. My secondary goal was to deepen and broaden my understanding of faith and how it informs and is informed by art. By the end of the first residency, I began to realize just how deeply these goals were intertwined. Continue Reading …

“The Artist Never Looks Away”: Daniel Bowman, Jr.

In a low-residency program, the correspondence quarters between residencies can be a lonely time, as writing is a solitary and demanding enterprise. The two ten-day residencies of SPU’s MFA program, then– in March on Whidbey Island and in July in Santa Fe– are times of reconnecting to the community, and preparing to return back to the world with renewed vision and passion. Continue Reading …

“When Doctors Tell Tales”: Brian Volck

I applied to the SPU MFA program in order to find someone to whom my writing was accountable. I found that. What’s more, I found encouragement, inspiration, and friendship—palpable confirmation that I wasn’t alone working in this fraught and fertile intersection of art and faith. Continue Reading …



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