- Award-winning poet coming to VU
- Jill Alexander Essbaum, an award-winning poet with a national audience, will be on campus March 15 and 16 as she tours the U.S. speaking at Lutheran colleges, seminaries, and synod sites, reading from her work and speaking about arts and the Christian imagination. A writer who genuinely embraces – and struggles with – a life of faith, she has described herself as “nettled and hectored by a good dozen obsessions – more, probably. There are but three that ultimately matter to me (maybe to anyone): God, sex, death. Anything worthwhile I've ever thought or said will be about those things.” Her first book Heaven won the 1999 Bakeless Prize. A graduate of the universities of Houston and Texas, she currently is on faculty at UC-Riverside Palm Desert’s Low Residency MFA program.
Essbaum will speak at Morning Prayer on Tuesday, March 15, as well as at that evening’s Church Vocations Symposium at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, she will give a poetry reading in the Brauer Museum from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. All are invited to hear her.