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Arts and Spirituality

Poems on The Way: Drew Jackson Explores Luke’s Gospel in a New Poetic Register

When: June 7, 2023, 1:00 pm - Wednesday

Where: Journals Room

Session 1

Session Abstract

Drew E. Jackson’s poetry collection, God Speaks Through Wombs is a poetic telling of the first half of the Gospel of Luke, centering on the theme of liberation. This collection of poems is an attempt to recover those voices that have so often been silenced. In his second volume, Touch the Earth, Jackson explores the second half of Luke through the lens of his own experience as a Black man navigating American empire. Emerging out of the struggle of the journey, these poems are interested in what it means to be on the Way—in the dirt and dust where things get real and faith puts on flesh. In this session, a panel of experts in theology, literature, and ministry will critically engage Jackson’s work. The author’s poetry and responses will provide further conversation.


Sara Gaston Barton, Pepperdine University, Convener

  • Drew Jackson, Director of Mission Integration for the Center for Action and Contemplation, Participant
  • Kindy De Long, Pepperdine University, Respondent
  • David Holmes, Lipscomb University, Respondent
  • Zac Luben, Pepperdine University, Respondent

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