The poet Christian Wiman is giving voice to the hunger for faith — and the challenges of faith — for people living now. After a Texas upbringing soaked in a history of violence and a charismatic Christian culture, he was agnostic until he became actively religious again in his late 30s. Then he was diagnosed with a rare form of incurable blood cancer. He’s bearing witness to something new happening in himself and in the world.
is a poet and former editor of Poetry magazine. He’s also a professor of religion and literature at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. He’s the author of several volumes of poetry, including Every Riven Thing, My Bright Abyss, Hammer Is the Prayer, and most recently edited the collection Joy: 100 Poems.