Biographies of Presenters

Scott Cairns has published eight poetry collections, a book of translations, a spiritual memoir, and a book-length theological essay. He is recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and of the Denise Levertov Award. He is Curators’ Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Missouri, and directs the low-residency MFA program in creative writing at Seattle Pacific University.








Luci Shaw was born in London, England in 1928, and has lived in Australia and Canada. A poet and essayist, since 1986 she has been Writer in Residence at Regent College, Vancouver. Author of over thirty-five books of poetry and non-fiction prose, her writing has appeared in numerous literary and religious journals. In 1913 she received the 10th annual Denise Levertov Award for Creative Writing from Seattle Pacific University. Her most recent publications are The Thumbprint in the Clay, released by InterVarsity Press in March, 2016, and Sea Glass: New & Selected Poems (WordFarm). She lives in Bellingham, WA.

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Jeanne Murray Walker was born in Parkers Prairie, a village in northern Minnesota. She is the author of eight books of poetry, most recently, Helping the Morning: New and Selected Poems (WordFarm Press). Her ninth, Pilgrim, You Find the Path by Walking, will be out in 2018. A mentor in the Seattle Pacific University low residency MFA Program, she works in the Food Cupboard at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Philadelphia and travels widely to give readings and run workshops.








Gregory Wolfe, the founder and editor of Image—one of America’s leading quarterly journals—is currently Senior Fellow at the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture at Seattle University. He edits a literary imprint, Slant Books, through Wipf & Stock Publishers. He served as the founding director of the Seattle Pacific University MFA in Creative Writing program. Wolfe’s books include Beauty Will Save the World, Intruding Upon the Timeless, and, most recently, The Operation of Grace. Follow him on Twitter: @Gregory_Wolfe.