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504 | On Faith, Doubt, and Joy
504 | On Faith, Doubt, and Joy
Saturday, November 4 | 1 - 2 PM
Poetry Foundation
61 W Superior St | Chicago, IL | 60610
  • Members: $12
  • Public: $15
  • Students and Teachers: $10

“His poetry and scholarship have a purifying urgency that is rare in this world.” — Marilynne Robinson

In his 2013 memoir My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer, poet and scholar Christian Wiman writes that “human imagination is not simply our means of reaching out to God but God’s means of manifesting himself to us.” That idea serves as a manifesto of sorts for Wiman’s profound exploration in prose and poetry of difficult subjects: spirituality, doubt, morality. His new book, Joy: 100 Poems, seeks to illuminate this often unexplored topic in contemporary life through a survey of modern poetry, from Emily Dickinson to Mahmoud Darwish.

Preorder your copy of Joy through the CHF box office and save 20%.

A book signing will follow this program.

This program is presented in partnership with the Poetry Foundation.


Christian Wiman is the author of numerous books, including a selected poems, Hammer Is the Prayer, and My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer. He was the editor of Poetry magazine from 2003-2013 and now teaches at Yale Divinity School.

  • On sale to members on 9/19 at 10am and on sale to public on 9/26 at 10am.
  • Joy: 100 Poems
  • 10-07-2017