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Wendell Berry writes, “The significance (and ultimately the quality) of the work we do is determined by our understanding of the story in which we are taking part.” As writers interested in spirituality, we understand ourselves to be taking part in a story that connects us not only to one another, but also to the divine as we understand it and to the awe-inspiring natural world in which we live. We’ll look at how the numinous informs our stories, and using the personal essay as form, we’ll generate new writing that seeks to wrestle with the great mysteries of being a person in the world.
Author and musician Cameron Dezen Hammon’s writing appears in The Kiss anthology from W. W. Norton, Ecotone, the Literary Review, the Houston Chronicle, NYLON, and elsewhere; and her essay “Infirmary Music” was named a notable in The Best American Essays 2017. She earned an MFA in creative writing from Seattle Pacific University and is a writer-in-residence for Writers in the Schools in Houston, where she lives with her family. This Is My Body: A Memoir of Religious and Romantic Obsession, forthcoming in October 2019, is her debut book.