about antler


through onsite workshops and digital content, ANTLER exists to help people engage creativity as a devotional practice for spiritual formation.

as a community building organization, ANTLER brings people together by providing seekers a place to use creativity as a means of fleshing out matters of faith, contemplation, and intentional living. please visit our resource archive  for practical advice, interviews, exercises, insights, and other miscellany in allowing the sacred collision between faith and imagination into your daily life and routine.

as a spiritual formation organization, ANTLER is pioneering a space for creative practices of writing to be an integral part of sacred life, worship implementation, and growth in religious communities. we do this directly with workshops. we’d love to come cultivate faith and imagination in your community, contact us directly.

ANTLER is always looking for talented writers to contribute blog content, progressive leaders interested in fostering the arts in their religious communities, and big-thinking ministers, teachers, creatives, artists, seekers, business people, and scholars willing to partner and create with us. all vocations need apply—email and ask how you can get involved and create with us. really, we mean it, send us a pitch!

lastly, please take note that we’re not heavy on producing content—this is intentional. in a world of noisy platforms and information bombardment, ANTLER hopes to create meaningful work to aid readers in fostering a contemplative, creative lifestyle and avoid taxing them with unnecessary, semi-useful noise. the best way to keep up with new content is by adding us to your reader or subscribing to out email newsletter (the bottom right-hand corner of the page). for other ANTLER-related ephemera, follow us on twitter. below are some places to touch base…

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ANTLER is run by…

dave harrity is author of “making manifest: on faith, creativity, and the kingdom at hand,” a book of meditations and exercises for personal and communal spiritual formation. he’s also author of “morning and what has come since: poems,” which was nominated for a pushcart prize, kentucky literary award, and the conference on christianity and literature’s book-of-the-year citation. his poems have appeared widely in journals and magazine internationally and stateside. with a focus on teaching creative practices and writing, his workshops, classes, and lectures often explore the intersection of faith and imagination through poetry writing. from 2008-2009, he taught creative writing workshops at asbury seminary as part of the pastoral imagination series and has since taught similar classes across the country. he lives and writes in louisville with his wife and children.


sarah schock recently graduated from university of northwestern–st. paul with a degree in english. in addition to working at an art museum, she serves as a freelance writer and editor for several organizations. she currently lives in sioux falls, south dakota, where she can often be found in front of a cafe window, talking, reading, or writing about the beauty of life. for more of her musings, head over to her personal blog.

resources for faithful practitioners of creativity and creative practitioners of faith...

Pieces of Freedom & Becoming: Collage of Seoul in Review

{ in this brief review, Maggie Boyd reflects on reading Jae Newman’s debut book of poetry, Collage of Seoul }

“I am free,” is the opening...

interview: jae newman

{ in this interview, jae newman discusses naming the muses and slot machines… }\


when you picture someone reading your poetry, how do you see...

interview : melissa studdard

{ in this interview, poet melissa studdard give some practical advice on the writing life }

when you picture someone reading your poetry, how do...

interview: a. k. lamotte

{ a.k. lame speaks on emerging and beginning, of the poet, the poem, and

when you picture someone reading your poetry, how do you see...

breaking through, w/ mark liebenow

The Spirituality of the Wilderness: Do We Need to Pray in Nature, or Are We Already Praying?

The first snow of the season...

interview: amber nelson

{ in this interview, poet amber nelson brings the heat discussing vision, revision, and attentiveness }

when you picture someone reading your poetry, how do...

interview: michael martin

{ in this interview, poet michael martin discusses approaches to creating poems. }

when you picture someone reading your poetry, how do you see them?...

interview: sheldon lee compton

{ in this interview, sheldon lee compton ruminates on fiction, revision, and writing as a life discipline }

when you picture someone reading your fiction,...

interview: karen swallow prior

{ in this interview, karen swallow prior discuss her process and the challenges of writing toward truth }

you’re primarily known as—I think—a lover and...

interview: david wright

{ in this interview, poet david wright discusses craft, inspiration, and revision }

when you picture someone reading your poetry, how do you see them?...

“walking with kindness” by mark liebenow

What is required of us is to do justice, love kindness,

 and walk humbly with our God. Micah 6:8


I imagine Micah...

“a made thing” by heather caliri

For a long time, I simply felt helpless.

My youth pastor in high school was spiritually abusive to many of us, and he sexually abused...

“the devil you know: rough drafts” by elizabeth jarrett andrew

Poor revision, unfairly maligned due to a quirk of human nature! We beasts prefer prowling on familiar territory, rooting up the same soil with...

interview: aaron belz

{an interview with poet and essayist aaron belz, who recently released his third collection of poetry, GLITTER BOMB}

when you picture someone reading your poetry,...

a worker’s prayer: van gogh on sight

When it’s warm outside and the food processing plant doesn’t smell, I sit on the call center steps and drink tea in the sun....