February 15, 2008
The List: LiteratureWatch
Gregory Wolfe’s favorite websites featuring spiritual literary writing.
Wolfe is the editor of Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion, and author of Malcolm Muggeridge: A Biography.
Arts & Faith
The largest and most dynamic online bulletin board on the subject of the intersection between art and faith, this site covers all art forms, but its literary section alone contains over 500 illuminating discussions of every sort of writing.
In nearly two decades of publication, Image has become one of America's leading quarterlies, featuring original fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, along with interviews, book reviews, and essays on other art forms. Contributors include Annie Dillard, Kathleen Norris, Bret Lott, and Mary Oliver. Its website offers exclusive features, an online forum, and blog.
The Master's Artist
This site is an excellent example of a group blog, a true community of like-minded but highly individual writers. As they put it, they are "united by the blood of Christ and a love for language." Topics range from the state of Christian publishing to craft issues to lyrical meditations on writing as a spiritual discipline.
Nimble Spirit Review
Nimble Spirit Review is the lengthened shadow of Michael Wilt, who has spent many years working in the publishing business. A voracious reader, Wilt has posted dozens of short, graceful reviews of classic and contemporary books in all literary genres, including children's literature. On the site you can also find poems, essays, and interviews by a number of other writers, including Luci Shaw.
Based at Houghton College and edited by poet John Leax, Stonework is an online literary magazine that publishes semiannually. Stonework has become a gathering place for such distinguished poets, essayists, and storywriters as Diane Glancy, Robert Siegel, and Julia Kasdorf.