February 26, 2018
During her residency, Tucson-based writer Julie Swarstad Johnson will be working on poems inspired by stories of pacifist faith communities around Gettysburg before, during and after the time of the battle, with a particular focus on the experiences of the Sherfy family (owners of the Peach Orchard). Her own practice as a member of Mennonite and Quaker congregations will add perspective to the historical role these communities. It is an opportunity to understand examples of pacifism and faith in American public life. She took time from her research, writing and explorations for a conversation with Katy Giebenhain about her project. The author of Jumping the Pit by Finishing Line Press, Swarstad Johnson is a Library Specialist at the University of Arizona Poetry Center.
Julie Swarstad Johnson will give a free public poetry reading March 3rd at the Gettysburg NMP Museum and Visitor Center at 3:00 p.m.
The event is sponsored by a grant from the Gettysburg Foundation and other generous sponsors. For more information about the event call 717-334-1124.
Thanks to our host site for this interview, Waldo’s and Co. on the square in Gettysburg.
January 1, 2018
Social-justice poet Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo is the first “Poets in the Park” artist-in-residence at the Gettysburg National Military Park. She stopped by the Gettysburg campus of United Lutheran Seminary for a conversation about her evolving collection, her experience as a desert aid worker on the U.S.-Mexico border, hobo markings, Tarot card prompts and more.
June 20, 2016
Author Gary Fincke talks with Katy Giebenhain about the work of writing. His poems have appeared in Seminary Ridge Review and many other journals. He is an award-winning writer of short fiction, nonfiction and poetry (30 books and counting). Gary Fincke is the Charles Degenstein Professor of Creative Writing at Susquehanna University. He was in town for a poetry reading in Gettysburg’s First Friday series.
For more information about Gary visit:
March 28, 2016
Dr. Robert Randolph, the 2015 minister-in-residence at
Gettysburg Seminary spent a week on campus this fall. He is an award-winning
poet, pastor of a Presbyterian church and Chair of the English and Foreign
Languages Department at Waynesburg University in Waynesburg, PA.
For more information on his publications visit: http://elixirpress.com/
February 1, 2016
Seminary Ridge Review’s Poetry + Theology editor Katy Giebenhain joins the Anglo-Welsh poet Tony Curtis for a conversation about war poetry. The emeritus professor of poetry at University of South Wales was on a visit to the Gettysburg Battlefield and Seminary Ridge Museum in-between other events in the U.S. Curtis is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Literature and the Welsh Academy of Writers and the author of more than 30 books.
September 14, 2015
Michigan-based poets Michelle Bonczek Evory and Rob Evory were selected as the first Artists-in-Residence at the Gettysburg National Military Park. They discuss their lively, intense first weeks with Katy Giebenhain, Poetry + Theology editor of Seminary Ridge Review, and share some original new work. They are in residence for the month of July, 2015.
May 25, 2015
Dr. Largen interviews Dr. Kent Gramm, Visiting Professor of
English at Gettysburg College, about his new book, Psalms for Skeptics, a series of sonnets based on one phrase from
each of the Psalms 101-150.
April 13, 2015
In this episode Dr. Largen speaks with Katy Giebenhain about why poetry is such a great resource for preachers. In particular they talk about the language and beauty of poems, and how reading poetry can help preachers bring evocative imagery and beautiful language into sermons.
Katy also shares some of her favorite poems with us in this episode of The Seminary Explores.
March 31, 2014
The Poetry + Theology editor for Seminary Ridge Review speaks with Irish poet Micheal O’Siadhail about his friendship with theologians, his poetry, and whether or not faith is a thing to be kept private. O’Siadhail gave a public reading on the Gettysburg Seminary campus as part of his U.S. book tour for Collected Poems (Bloodaxe Books, 2013).