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Cara Anthony's bio was inadvertently missing from the print version of the Contributors page. The online version has been updated.

Diego Sepúlveda Álvarez is a professional architect and photographer dedicated mainly to architectural and landscape photography along with conceptual portraits.

Cara Anthony is an Associate Professor of Theology at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her current research on walking focuses on the nexus of ecology, geography, spirituality,and political activism.

Margaret Benefiel, Executive Director of the Shalem institute (, directs Shalem's Soul of Leadership program and leads pilgrimages and retreats. Previously, she taught at Andover Newton Theological School and Earlham School of Religion. She is the author of The Soul of a Leader and Soul at Work and the co-editor of The Soul of Supervision.

Paul Houston Blankenship is a PhD candidate at the Graduate Theological Union. His dissertation is an ethnographic study on the spiritual lives of people experiencing homelessness in Seattle. Presently, he teaches in Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry.

Mark S. Burrows is a poet, teacher, and scholar of historical theology. His recent publications include Meister Eckhart's Book of the Heart, with Jon M. Sweeney, and two volumes of German poetry in translation: Rilke's Prayers of a Young Poet (2016) and SAID's 99 Psalms (2013). This poem is from his forthcoming collection, A Chance of Home (2018). A longtime resident of New England, he currently teaches religion and literature at the Protestant University of Applied Sciences in Bochum (Germany).

Jacqueline and Daniel Cere are married with six children. Daniel Cere is Associate Professor of Religion, Law and Public Policy at McGill University. He rececently served as Director of McGill's School of Religious Studies. Jacqueline Darwent Cere has extensive experience as a spiritual director with the Ignatian Spirituality Centre in Montreal Quebec. She also serves as the administrative coordinator for the Dominus Vobiscum Marriage and Family Retreat Centre.

Mary Frohlich is Professor of Spirituality at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. She is a former President of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality and a regular contributor to Spiritus.

Mark Graves is Research Assistant Professor of Psychology and Adjunct Associate Professor of Theology and Science at Fuller Theological Seminary. He has scholarly publications in theology, psychology, biology, and computer science, [End Page 127] including the books Mind, Brain, and the Elusive Soul (Ashgate, 2008) and Insight to Heal (Cascade Books, 2012).

Father John-Julian, OJN, is an Episcopal priest, monk, and author of nine books. A Wisconsin native, he served parishes in Wisconsin, New Hampshire, and Connecticut and was the founding Dean of New York's "Seminary of the Streets". He has taught at the Universities of Rhode Island and Connecticut. In 1985 he founded the contemplative Order of Julian of Norwich. A collection of his poems, Eyes Have I That See, was published in 2015.

Angela Leighton is Senior Research Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge. She has published many works of literary criticism, as well as four volumes of poetry, including most recently Spills (2016), a volume combining memoir, short story, translations, as well as new poems. Her forthcoming book,, Hearing Things: The Work of Sound in Literature, will be published in May, 2018.

Paul Mariani, Emeritus Professor of English at Boston College, has published six biographies of poets (W. C. Williams, Berryman, Lowell, Hart Crane, Hopkins, and Wallace Stevens), along with seven volumes of poetry, most recently Epitaphs for the Journey, and Thirty Days: on Retreat with the Exercises of St. Ignatius. His awards include a Guggenheim, an NEA, NEH, and the John Ciardi Award for Lifetime Achievement in Poetry. His life of Hart Crane, The Broken Tower, was made into a feature-length film, directed by and starring James Franco, was released in 2012. He served as Poetry Editor of America Magazine from 2000—2006. His poetry has appeared there, as well as in such magazines as Poetry, Image, Presence, First Things, and The Hudson Review, and in numerous anthologies.

Ross Peter Nelson is a playwright and photographer. His plays have been performed on three continents and his photos have appeared in several magazines, including: Psychopomp, Montana Outdoors, and Contraposition. More of his work can be seen at

Jay Parini is a poet and novelist who teaches at Middlebury College in Vermont. His six volumes of poetry include, most recently, New and Collected Poems: 1975–2015. He has written biographies of Steinbeck, Frost, Faulkner and Gore Vidal. His novels include The Last Station and Benjamin's Crossing. He has also written a life of Jesus and The Way of Jesus: Living and Ethical and Spiritual Life (2018).

Timothy H. Robinson is Alberta and Harold Lunger Associate Professor of Spiritual Resources and Disciplines at Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian [End Page 128] University. His published work includes several articles on the reception history of the Song of Songs in Christian spirituality.

Dennis L. Sansom has been Professor of Philosophy at Samford University since 1988. He has published in such areas as Christian ethics, medical ethics, and philosophy of religion. His email address is

Jessica (Jessie) Smith is currently on staff at the General Board of Church and Society of The United Methodist Church. She is a recent graduate and board member of Shalem Institute. She received her PhD in theology from Emory University in Atlanta, GA.

Rachel Wheeler is Assistant Professor of Theology (Spirituality) at the University of Portland. She is an alumna of the Graduate Theological Union. Her work explores desert spirituality and ecological crisis, spiritual practice and the arts, and interspiritual practice.

Dann Wigner is adjunct professor of Religious Studies at Middle Tennessee State University and instruction and information literacy librarian at the University of the South. He is a graduate of the University of Durham (UK) in the field of mystical theology. He has two books currently in-process for publication: A Sociology of Mystic Practices: Use and Adaptation in the Emergent Church and Just Begin: A Sourcebook of Spiritual Practices.

Christian Wiman is the author of ten books, including a recently edited volume, Joy: 100 Poems (2017) and Hammer Is the Prayer: Selected Poems (2017). His memoir, My Bright Abyss: Meditations of a Modern Believer (2013), has been widely praised, and his volume Every Riven Thing (2010) won the Ambassador Book Award in Poetry. His poetry has appeared in many journals, including The Atlantic, Harper's, The New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker and The Sewanee Review. From 2003 to 2013, he was editor of Poetry magazine; he currently teaches at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Yale Divinity School. [End Page 129]

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