HEATHER TOSTESON, a writer, visual artist and spiritual director, has received a Nation/Discovery prize for her poetry and fellowships for poetry, fiction, and photography from MacDowell, Yaddo, VCCA and Hambidge Center. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing (UNC-Greensboro), a Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing (Ohio University), and a Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction (San Francisco Theological Seminary). She has worked as a science writer and editor, executive editor of two public health journals at Harvard Medical School, and in health communications at the Centers for Disease Control, with a focus on communication across professional disciplines, racism, social trust, and how belief systems develop and change. Her most recent publication is the novel THE PHILOSOPHICAL TRANSACTIONS OF MARIA VAN LEEUWENHOEK (1668-1696). She is also the author of the novel Visible Signs, the short story collections Germs of Truth and Hearts as Big as Fists, poetry collections Breathing in Portuguese, Living in English and The Sanctity of the Moment: Poems from Four Decades, and the non-fiction book God Speaks My Language, Can You?, which focuses on how we can listen with imagination to the faith journeys of our neighbors whatever their faith tradition.
CHARLES BROCKETT, having worked from an early age in a small book bindery co-owned by his father, is delighted decades later to develop a second career as a book publisher - and co-director of Universal Table. He is a co-editor of the Wising Up anthologies and the author of the ebook The 2018 Immigration Debate: Trump Faces Public Opinion. He has written two well received books, Political Movements and Violence in Central America and Land, Power, and Poverty: Agrarian Transformation and Political Conflict in Central America, and many social science journal articles and book chapters. Retired as professor of political science at Sewanee: The University of the South where he taught for more than three decades, he is a recipient of several Fulbright and National Endowment for the Humanities awards. His Ph.D. is from UNC-Chapel Hill.
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