Christ Church Artist Series with Christian Wiman




Wednesday, May 15, 7 p.m.

“And I Was Alive: Faith in a Faithless Time”

Lecture with Q & A session and reception to follow

Then I fell in love. I say it suddenly, and there was certainly an element of radical intrusion and transformation to it, but the sense I have is of color slowly aching into things, the world coming brilliantly, abradingly alive…We usually think of falling in love as being possessed by another person…But it also felt, for the first time in my life, like I was being fully possessed by being itself. “Joy is the overflowing consciousness of reality,” Weil writes, and that’s what I had, a joy that was at once so overflowing that it enlarged existence, and yet so rooted in actual things that, again for the first time, that’s what I began to feel: rootedness” –Christian Wiman, “Love Bade Me Welcome” (Gazing into the Abyss)

Celebrated poet and essayist Christian Wiman has been published in The New YorkerThe AtlanticHarper’sThe American Scholar, and The New York Times Book Review. He has also published three well-received books of poetry, most recently Every Riven Thing, which The New Yorker ranked among the best poetry collections of 2010. Wiman recently announced that he will leave his position as editor of Poetry magazine to join the faculty of the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Yale Divinity School.

This event is free and open to the public. Christ Episcopal Church is located at W. High Street & 2nd Street NW. Free, downtown street parking is available, but save time to find it. You can also find paid parking in the downtown Water and Market Street lots.

To learn more about Christian Wiman and his writing, check out the links below:

Selected Essays from Ambition and Survival: Becoming a Poet


“Love Bade Me Welcome” (Gazing Into the Abyss)

“The Limit”

“Hive of Nerves”


Selected Poems from Every Riven Thing


“And I Said To My Soul, Be Loud”

“Every Riven Thing”

“For D.”

“From a Window”

“Hammer Is the Prayer”

“It Takes Particular Clicks”

“The Reservoir”

“This Mind of Dying”

Selected Essay from The American Scholar, Winter 2009

“My Bright Abyss”

Radio Interview with Christian Wiman

On Being with Krista Tippett, American Public Media, Remembering God



Bill Moyers Interview with Christian Wiman on Poetry, Love, Faith and Cancer

Writing About Wiman

Christian Wiman related posts on Mockingbird

Order Christian Wiman’s Books

Order a copy of Ambition and Survival: Becoming a Poet

Order a copy of Every Riven Thing

Order a copy of Hard Night

Order a copy of The Long Home

Order a copy of My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer, just released in April 2013