Burnside Writers Collective published my latest Church Hopping column. In this edition of my ongoing column, I visit Brewery Vivant in Michigan. What’s now a trendy Grand Rapids beer hall used to be the Metcalf Funeral Chapel. Writers Kim Gottschild and Larry Shallenberger join me.
You can read the full article here.
For the last time Burnside went Church Hopping during the Festival of Faith & Writing, check out: Calvin College Chapel with Fellow Burnside Writers.
For the time Burnside Writers Susan Isaacs and Donald Miller went Church Hopping in New York, check out: Calvary-St. George’s.
For another repurposed church, check out: Don Justo’s “Trash” Cathedral.
Oh my gosh! I forgot to mention back in April that I was mentioned in Sojourners!! Such an honor.
My Burnside Writers Collective colleague Larry Shallenberger, whom I attended the Festival of Faith and Writing with, wrote the article “On the Need to Start an Ole Boys’ Club For Writers” about strong women literary voices, and there was my name alongside Kim Gottschild, Rachel Held-Evans, Sarah Thebarge, Karen Spears Zacharias, Jo Hilder, and Susan Isaacs. I’m so fortunate to be part of a collective that has strong literary voices — both male and female — and that is an incredible support network.
In the article, Larry mentions my work in writing about Jack Kerouac. It’s so interesting that he specifically mentioned this, as opposed to my visual arts writing for Burnside, because the Beat Generation has often been criticized for not being more open to women’s voices. Furthermore, so many women have told me they don’t enjoy reading Kerouac because of his hyper-masculinity.
Larry blogs about things like, oh, “God Talk and the Stenciling on an Atomic Bomb” and “The Personality Bending Power of Story.”
Burnside Writers Collective is headed back to the Festival of Faith and Writing!
Our lovely associate editor Kim Gottschild posted all about it on Burnside, highlighting why you should go:
- Attend a writing workshop led by our very own Arts Editor, Stephanie Nikolopoulos!
- Hear our very own Susan Isaacs, author of Angry Conversations with God, speak!
- Meet our Deputy Editor, John Pattison, who will be there hosting a breakout session on book reviewing with ERB Editor-in-Chief, Chris Smith!
- Hear plenary speaker, author Jonathan Safran Foer and watch BWC Editor-in-Chief Jordan Green become his best friend! JK.
- Meet other fantastic Burnsiders like Social Justice Editor Penny Carothers, Diane Nienhuis, Associate Editor Sara Sterley, Betsy Zabel, and me!
- Pick up some swag, like a bookmark or something!
So sweet of her to mention me by name. Check back on this blog soon for more information on my workshop.
I truly love working with Burnside and getting to meet all the people I work with but don’t usually get to see. I have the privilege of working with some of the most talented and funny and sincere people. I had such a blast with them last time.
It’s also really fun meeting readers. Hope you’ll consider joining us! Drop me a line in the comments if you plan on being there and make sure to stop by our table to say hi!
As if meeting the Burnside staff isn’t enough, Ruben Martinez, Gary Schmidt, Marilynne Robinson, Kathryn Erskine, Shane Claiborne, and many more award-winning, high-profile authors will be there.