Poet and Essayist Christian Wiman at All Souls and First Church, Berkeley

Friday, March 9, 2018, 7:30 am to Saturday, March 10, 2018, 12:30 pm

Poet and essayist, Christian Wiman, is coming to Berkeley and will be at First Congregational Church on Friday night (3/9), and then at All Souls Parish Saturday morning (3/10). 

Wiman is the author, editor, or translator of ten books, including his essays My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer, and his poetry collection Every Riven Thing. From 2003 until 2013 he was the editor of Poetry magazine, the premier magazine for poetry in the English-speaking world.

Wiman is an intellectual mystic for our contemporary moment. Raised a Southern Baptist in West Texas, he rejected the religiosity of his childhood for many years as a secular poet, having adopted a “brand of bookish atheism” in college. An adult conversion experience emerged out of first, falling in love with his now wife (“it was human love that reawakened divine love”), and shortly thereafter, a diagnosis of a rare and incurable blood cancer.

Wiman is one of the leading voices calling for a new language of faith. “We need a poetics of belief,” Wiman writes of our age, “a language capacious enough to include a mystery that, ultimately, defeats it, and sufficiently intimate and inclusive to serve not only as individual expression but as communal need.”


Friday night (3/9) details:

When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: First Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley
Cost: $20 in advance,  $25 at the door, $10 for members of First Church and All Souls
Link: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3223871


Saturday morning (3/10) details:

When: 10:30 a.m.
Where: All Souls Parish, 2220 Cedar Street, Berkeley
Cost: $5 suggested donation. Tickets available at the door.
Link: http://www.allsoulsparish.org/event/christian-wiman-poet-essayist/