The Image Podcast
Summary: The Image Podcast brings you the best in all things Art, Faith, and Mystery. Tune in for conversations with our favorite writers and artists, along with book, film, and movie reviews. We'll also feature exclusive content from the pages of Image Journal, read out loud.
Mourning Faith: A Conversation with R.O. Kwon and Jessica Mesman
A conversation with Chigozie Obioma.
A Conversation with Katie Kresser, Associate Professor of Art at Seattle Pacific University.
Jessica Mesman sits down for an interview with Image editor in chief, James K.A. Smith.
If you’ve been keeping up with us here at Image, you know that our fall issue featured the never-before-published college journal of Flannery O’Connor entitled “Higher Mathematics.” On a special episode of our podcast, Gregory Wolfe sits down with Mark Bosco, SJ, who was instrumental in the publication of “Higher Mathematics,”and is in the midst of producing a documentary about Flannery that is set to premiere in February. Sit back and enjoy this conversation with Mark, as well as a brief reading from the journal itself.
Today’s podcast guest has many titles: staff film critic at Vox.com, associate professor of English and Humanities at The King’s College in New York City, published co-author, with Robert Joustra, of How to Survive the Apocalypse (Eerdmans), and a 2013 graduate of the Seattle Pacific University MFA program. Most recently, Alissa taught “The Art of Criticism” at the 2017 Glen Workshop, where she and her students talked about criticism, wrote about criticism, and paid special attention to what makes great criticism. You can find her work on Vox’s website https://www.vox.com/authors/alissa-wilkinson, and keep up with her day-to-day on Twitter as @alissamarie. If you’re interested in the SPU MFA program, learn more at our revamped website: spu.edu/mfa.
“To be a poet, you have to write more than you know.” Scott Cairns engages with this idea throughout his interview with Image editor and founder Greg Wolfe, as the pair discuss language, meaning-making, and faith. A recipient of Image’s Denise Levertov award who has been published in our pages over and over again, Scott has been a friend of the journal for years. He currently teaches at the University of Missouri, and also serves as the director for the MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University. He has published eight collections of poetry, the most recent being Slow Pilgrim: The Collected Poems in 2015. In this episode of our show, you’ll hear him read two of his poems, and explore how learning about language enables a richer, deeper sense of what one writes. For more on Scott, as well as more information about the the SPU MFA program, please visit spu.edu/mfa. Applications for the Winter 2018 residency close November 15, 2017.
“I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” These words from the Book of Matthew are quoted often, but it’s rare to see someone living them out, and inviting the rest of us to join him. This week on our show, we’re joined by friend of the journal Chris Hoke, who does both of these things. If you visit Chris’s website, you’ll see three titles under his name: Gang Pastor, Jail Chaplain, and Writer. He and his colleague Neaners Garcia, who is also a former inmate and gang leader, are the founders and Co-Executive Directors of Underground Ministries, a team that works to promote prisoner relationships and reentry after incarceration. Chris chronicles his experiences in his writing, which you can find in several journals, including Image Journal, and on our blog, Good Letters. In 2013, he graduated from the Seattle Pacific University MFA program, and in 2015 HarperCollins published his first book Wanted: A Spiritual Pursuit Through Jail, Among Outlaws, and Across Borders. This year, Chris served as the chaplain at the MFA’s Whidbey residency, where Paul Anderson sat down with him to talk about his work. You are about to hear that conversation. Plus, stay tuned for a sneak peek of our next episode featuring poet Scott Cairns.
At the Glen Workshop in August, Image editor Greg Wolfe recorded a nearly hour-long conversation with poet and social activist, Carolyn Forché. Hailed not only for her exquisite poetry but also for her work in promoting greater awareness of “the poetry of witness,” Forché is at once gentle and passionate. Over the course of the conversation she ranges over a variety of topics, from her teaching style to the meaning of “presence” to memorable stories of her friendships with figures like poet Czeslaw Milosz and martyred El Salvadoran bishop, Oscar Romero—about whom she is writing in a new memoir.
In today's episode, Greg Wolfe sits down with poet, fantasy writer, and essayist Paul Willis to discuss his new poetry collection Getting to Gardisky Lake. Widely considered one of our best living nature writers, Willis is the former Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara, CA and a professor at Westmont College. His work has appeared in The Best American Poetry and has been featured on Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac. Also, Paul Anderson reviews A Deeper Understanding, a stunning new album from The War on Drugs that has the markings of an instant Rock and Roll classic.
Harrison Scott Key's debut memoir "The World's Largest Man," is the winner of the 2016 Thurber Prize for American Humor. His wry, dead-pan prose has drawn comparisons to David Sedaris and Mark Twain, yet Key's voice is entirely original. In today's episode, he tells Gregory Wolfe about his path from childhood cut-up to celebrated memoirist.
Today on The Image Podcast, we take a deeper dive into the pages of the Film Issue. Mary Kenagy Mitchell sits down with filmmaker Scott Teems and writer Gareth Higgins, who guest edited the issue, to discuss their vision for this amazing project. Also, contributing poets Scott Cairns and Natasha Oladokun read their poems from the issue, all of which respond to film in some way or another.
The first of two episodes that explore the Image Film Issue. Today, Paul talks with Tyler McCabe about his essay "The Many-Voiced God," and Greg Wolfe sits down with film critic Jeffrey Overstreet to take a first look at the Film Issue.
The Image Podcast welcomes Susanne Antonetta, whose award-winning non-fiction blends memoir, family history, spirituality, and deep scientific research. Here, she discusses topics like neuroscience and astrophysics with Gregory Wolfe, then Mary Kenagy Mitchell and Greg unpack C.E. Morgan's horse racing novel, Sport of Kings.
Gina Ochsner, author of The Hidden Letters of Velta B. joins us to discuss the power of "childish" art forms like folk and fairy tales. Also, Greg Wolfe and Paul Anderson sit down to discuss Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders's bizarre debut novel.