the next big thing self-interview ;-)
matthew lippman asked me to participate in in this self-interview project. if you have a book of poetry coming out in the next year or so and want me to tag you, please contact. i need five poets. it’s like a chain letter poetry explosion. here’s what it looks like… – dave
What is the working title of the book?
my next book is called “making manifest: faith, creativity, and the kingdom at hand”
Where did the idea come from for the book?
i was teaching seminarians creative/contemplative writing to help them cultivate imagination and sustain ministry—i thought, ‘hey, i should turn this material into an instruction manual of sorts’
What genre does your book fall under?
contemplative/meditative non-fiction spiritual writing? it’s kinda a strange hybrid of genres.
What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
this would make a really terrible movie… but i think that samuel l. jackson could play just about anything in it and hold his own.
What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
making manifest is a 28-day program of contemplative spiritual meditations and creative writing exercises for personal growth and communal spiritual formation.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
about 6 months. then a year and a half in subsequent drafts from there.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
i thought it might be nice to explore the implications of the creative life on the spiritual life, and to help guide people—who typically don’t view themselves as part of the creative class—down an avenue toward their own creative potential.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
this is the only devotional book i’ve ever seen that includes a letter to charles manson.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
seedbed—a seminary press start-up—will be publishing the book. official release is in april. watch thisisantler.com for details.
My tagged writers for next Wednesday are:
… i could use a few more! email me if you’re in!