In This Issue
While Billie Holiday, Ralph Ellison and Langston Hughes are not known as being “religious” figures, they have, in a way, become “sacred” figures. Revered, iconic and inspirational, their essential work contributed mightily to the creative climate of twentieth-century America, and did so in the midst of complex and evolving religious currents they, along with many in their generation, had to navigate.
In 2018, three prominent religious scholars — Wallace Best, Tracy Fessenden and M. Cooper Harriss — addressed this (and other topics) in provocative books, and now join us in a conversation about how the world of religion during the life and times of these iconic, “sacred” American artists helps us better comprehend the meaning of their work.
Also in this issue, in celebration of our upcoming 50th Short Fiction Contest, we have asked all the previous winners (dating to 2002) to reflect on their own winning story, and how their lives have since unfolded. Beginning on January 7 – and on every Monday through March 4 – we will publish five or six profiles of participating authors, along with their winning story…
Also look for a new collection of poetry celebrating jazz, three new podcasts from Bob Hecht, a poem (with collage) by Steve Dalachinsky, recommended listening of new recordings, and…lots more.