A GIVEN GRACE: AN ANTHOLOGY OF CHRISTIAN POEMS
WINNER OF ILLUMINATION CHRISTIAN BOOK AWARD (GOLD)
WINNER OF INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER BOOK AWARD (GOLD)
* This is a complimentary e-anthology, exclusively created to commemorate the Philippine Quincentennial and Singapore Bicentennial of Catholism in 2021. It is freely available, and can be found HERE.
The Christian faith has generated a rich literary tradition. Much of its spiritual writing has been in the form of religious poetry, which has become much loved. How do you, the contemporary writer, understand the Christian faith today? Who is God to you? What are your most pressing questions, and what have been your greatest struggles and triumphs? Do you own your faith—and what does it take to devote oneself to such serious and sustained effort in spiritual writing?
Let poetry embody the stirrings of your contemplative heart and mind. As Thomas Merton so astutely put it: “Music and art and poetry attune the soul to God.”
The anthology title takes its inspiration from 2 Timothy 1:9: “He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time…”
A Given Grace is edited by Eric Tinsay Valles and Desmond F. X. Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé. Represented within are 100 writers from across the world, each providing their insights into different aspects of the Christian faith. A Given Grace was showcased at the Catholic200SG Festival Luminary Art Exhibition.
The contributors include:
Aaron Lee, Aldo Joson, Andrew Kirkrose, Andrew Lansdown, Angela Alaimo O'Donnell, Angeline Yap, Ann Ang, Anna Onni, Anne Lee Tzu Pheng, Barbara Crooker, Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, Catherine Candano, Catherine Joan Devadason, Chloe Tan Yi Xiang, Christian Yeo, Crispin Rodrigues, D. M. Reyes, D. S. Martin, Daniel Tobin, Danton Remoto, David Wong Hsien Ming, Dennis Yeo, Desmond F. X. Kon ZC-MD, Diane Glancy, Edgardo Mar Alcantara Castro, Edwin Thumboo, Eileen R. Tabios, Elizabeth L. Fong, Eric Tinsay Valles, Felix Cheong, Felix Deng, G. C. Waldrep, Genevieve Wong, Gerard Smyth, Grace Toh Wai Yan, Gwee Li Sui, Heng Siok Tian, Ho Kin Yunn, Iain Lim Jun Rui, Jack Xi, James E. Cherry, James M. Fajarito, Jane Zwart, Jared Randall, Jenni Ho-Huan, Jerrold Yam, Joan Santillan Amurao, Jonathan Chan, Jory Mickelson, Jose Luis Pablo, Joseph Stanton, Joshua Ip, Julie L. Moore, Karen An-hwei Lee, Kelvin Tan, Kemlyn Tan Bappe, Kimberly K. Williams, Lawin Bulatao, Lesley Williams, Linda L. Kruschke, Linn Shekinah, LKN, Lois Roma-Deeley, Louie Jon A. Sánchez, Low Kian She, Luisa A. Igloria, Marjorie Evasco, Marjorie Maddox, Mark S. Burrows, Martin M. Macasaet, Maryanne Hannan, Melvin Sico, Michael Ryan, Migs Bravo Dutt, Natalie Rae-Fern Koh, Nicole Ann Law, Nicole Emma Low, Noelle Q. de Jesus, Oliver BH Seet, Orlando Ricardo Menes, Ow Yeong Wai Kit, Patrick Cabello Hansel, Paul Mariani, Phan Ming Yen, Phyllis Wong Y. K., Raymond Anthony Fernando, Rena Ong, Rodrigo Dela Peña, Jr., Rose Adams, Shelly Bryant, Sofia M. Starnes, Sophia Huang, Susan Blackwell Ramsey, Theophilus Kwek, Thomas Alan Holmes, Thomas Holahan, CSP, Tina Kelley, William Wan, Yong Shu Hoong, Zhang Ruihe.
Published by Squircle Line Press