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Dear friend:

When Lauren Winner first became part of the Image community, we were both in our twenties. She had just published her frank, engaging break-out memoir, Girl Meets God, about her conversion to Christianity; I was awkwardly running my second Glen Workshop (Image’s annual summer arts festival in Santa Fe); and though we’d never met, we were suite-mates in the dorms. I was stressed and under-slept. Her mother was dying. We ended up ordering late-night pizza and driving around in the rental car (I was just old enough) to buy cigarettes at a gas station.

Now, we’re both at mid-life, and I’ve watched her grow into a scholar (her new book, The Dangers of Christian Practice, is from Yale), professor (at Duke), and Episcopal priest, while continuing to develop as a literary memoirist and spiritual writer. Over the years she’s worn a lot of hats for Image, too: writing essays and reviews, teaching and chaplaining at the Glen, and being an editorial advisory board member—besides acting as unofficial staff chaplain.

Her refusal to just pick one thing and go with it, already, is a big part of what makes Lauren such an interesting writer. She consumes visual art, music, novels, poetry, Bible scholarship, and history with rigor, energy, and a generous eclecticism. And all of this is folded back into her own writing, either directly or as metaphor.

Lauren’s breadth as a reader and lover of the arts makes her a perfect fit as Image’s new creative nonfiction editor. She’s tuned into a wide range of cultural channels. She reads compulsively and deeply. And she understands Image’s history, identity, and programs from the inside out.

She has also chosen a team of editorial advisors who reflect this breadth: Emily Bernard, Belle Boggs, Casey Cep, Leslie Jamison, Beth Kephardt, Tova Mirvis, and Timothy B. Tyson.This group will extend her network and awareness of contemporary creative nonfiction; as ambassadors, they’ll extend Image’s reach into new communities and broaden our audience. You can get to know each of them better below. 

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If you’re not currently subscribed to the print journal, I hope you’re intrigued enough to give Image a try this year. You haven’t really experienced Image till you’ve held it in your hands, and it’s looking more beautiful than ever, since we’re now including more color art. Subscribe now and take advantage of a special limited-time offer—Image is just $24 for four issues. That’s 40 percent off the regular price.

And while supplies last, your subscription will begin with issue #100, our milestone thirtieth-anniversary issue on friendship, rivalry, and collaboration. It features Padraig O Tuama, Bruce Cockburn, A.E. Stallings, Shane McCrae, Lia Chavez, Erica Grimm, Marianne Lettieri, Ron Reed, Claire Holley, and many more.

If you’re already a subscriber, thank you for investing your time and dollars in our project. If you’re not, I hope you’ll decide to find out what this new team does in the coming year. It’s an exciting time for Image, and I hope you’ll be part of it.

Yours sincerely,

Mary Kenagy Mitchell
Executive Editor, Image

P.S.  An active Image subscription gets you inside the paywall to access to our back catalogue—with writing and interviews from Barbara Brown Taylor, Molly McCully Brown, Joy Kogawa, Rowan Williams, Julia Kasdorf, and many more. 

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Lauren F. Winner’s most recent book is The Dangers of Christian Practice: On Wayward Gifts, Characteristic Damage, and Sin. Her other books include Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis and Wearing God. She is associate professor of Christian spirituality at Duke Divinity School.

Emily Bernard is a professor of critical race and ethnic Studies at the University of Vermont. A contributing editor at The American Scholar, she has received fellowships and grants from Harvard, Yale, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, among many others. Her first book, Remember Me to Harlem, was a New York Times notable book of the year. Her most recent work is Black is the Body, a testimony to racial experience across generations.
Belle Boggs is the author of The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine, and MotherhoodMattaponi Queen, her collection of stories set along Virginia’s Mattaponi River, won the Library of Virginia Literary Award. The Gulf, her first novel, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press. Boggs has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts among others. She teaches in the MFA program at North Carolina State University.
Casey Cep is a writer from the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, New York Times, and New Republic, among others. Her first book, Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee, will be published by Knopf this May. A proud graduate of the Talbot County Public Schools, she has an A.B. from Harvard College and an M.Phil. from the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar.
Leslie Jamison is the author of the essay collection The Empathy Exams, a New York Times bestseller, and the novel The Gin Closet, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her work has appeared in the New York Times MagazineHarper's, and Oxford American, among others. A columnist for the New York Times Book Review, she teaches at Columbia University.
Beth Kephart is a co-founder of Juncture Workshops, a widely published essayist, and an award-winning instructor at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of two dozen books in multiple genres, including Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir and the novel Wild Blues. She has been named a National Book Award finalist and received a National Endowment for the Arts grant, among other honors. 
Tova Mirvis is the author of three novels, including The Ladies Auxiliary, a national bestseller. Her essays have appeared in various anthologies and newspapers including the Boston Globe Magazine. She has been a scholar in residence at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute at Brandeis University. Her most recent work is a memoir, The Book of Separation, a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice. 
Timothy B. Tyson, writer and historian, is a senior research scholar at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies, among other posts. He serves on the executive board of the North Carolina NAACP and the UNC Center for Civil Rights. His works include the New York Times bestseller The Blood of Emmett Till and Radio Free Dixie, winner of the James Rawley Prize for the best book on race and the basis for the documentary Negroes with Guns
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