Our dock serves as harbor to diverse vessels of literature: minimalist or stream of consciousness; philosophical thriller or epistolary novel; great works in fresh translation; collection of vignettes or thousand-page opus; formalist poetry or political memoir. We seek contemporary fiction and poetry that inherits and inhabits: the sublimity and universality of such epic works as Homer's Odyssey, Virgil's Aeneid, and Dante's Divine Comedy; of works as demanding and rewarding as Joyce's Ulysses; of works as historically-conscious and yet time-transcendent as Sigrid Undset's Kristin Lavransdatter; of works as polyphonic as Dostoevsky's Devils; of verse devoted to the preservation of form in an age of unmaking; of works as complexly comic as David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest or Flannery O' Connor's Wise Blood. We are watchful for works written in a contemporary idiom that yet reach the roots of fundamental questions, that honor the almost three-thousand-year-long conversations committed to these questions, and that incite our hunger for the splendor of truth.
Joshua Hren, Ph.D.
Joshua Hren is founder of Wiseblood Books and co-founder of the MFA at the University of St. Thomas. Joshua also co-founded the Honors College at Belmont Abbey. He has published numerous essays & poems in such journals as The Los Angeles Review of Books, First Things, Dappled Things, National Review, Commonweal, America, The University Bookman, LOGOS, and The Hedgehog Review. Joshua is the author of eight books: the novel Infinite Regress; the short story collections This Our Exile and In the Wine Press; Middle-earth and the Return of the Common Good: J.R.R. Tolkien and Political Philosophy; How to Read (and Write) Like a Catholic; Contemplative Realism: A Theological-Aesthetical Manifesto; and Last Things, First Things, & Other Lost Causes. His novel Blue Walls Falling Down is forthcoming in 2024.
Mary worked as a Registered Nurse in various settings, including the operating room and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She is now a freelance editor and writer. Mary earned a BA in English, a BS in Nursing, and is currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of St. Thomas, Houston. Mary’s poetry, essays, and stories can be found in Ekstasis, Lydwine Journal, American Journal of Nursing, Catholic Digest, Amethyst Review, and elsewhere. She is the social media editor at Dappled Things.
Brittney is, among a litany of things, the architect of thoughtfulness and order.
We are grateful to the very fine work of our copyeditors. proofreaders, and student interns who help keep our press alive, not least: Kate Weaver, Kathy West, John Gray, and Janille Stephens