Poets

Poetry and poets are vital to a culture.

Darkly Bright Press seeks to present new work which celebrates classical views of theology, personhood and the cosmos. In the lyrical and rhythmical nature of verse, we may discern both literature and liturgy.

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Joshua Alan Sturgill

Joshua Alan Sturgill, M. Div., MA, began writing poetry as a private meditative practice during a difficult time in young adulthood. The ability of poetic language to gesture toward the inexpressible still informs his intent and style. Born in Ohio, and continually moving west with the Sun, Joshua draws on the creative inspiration of travel, culture and cosmology to build poems that are universal because they are rooted in the local. A 15-year association with Eighth Day Books provided a wealth of opportunities for reading, writing and speaking, and he now orbits Santa Fe, New Mexico – where, he says, the Other America originates. Degrees are unimportant, but education is essential. Joshua is a graduate of Sangre de Cristo Seminary in Westcliffe, Colorado; and spent five years at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, completed by a rich immersion in the classic texts of the Far East. Though an introvert, Joshua is frequently invited to speak on subjects ranging from art history and Orthodox Christianity to agriculture and literacy.

As Far As I Can Tell is his first published collection of poetry. A second offering, yet-to-be-titled, is currently in preparation. More on Sturgill’s poetry can be found here.

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Gaelan Gilbert

Gaelan Gilbert is the Headmaster of Christ the Savior Academy in Wichita, KS, and Visiting Professor of Arts & Humanities at the University of Saint Katherine in San Diego, CA. He has studied and taught in Greece, France, England, and Canada. His poetry has appeared in journals such as St. Katherine Review, The Latent Print, Stroboscope, and Windhover. He lives with his wife Megan and their three children. He is a tonsured Reader in the Orthodox Church.

Darkly Bright Press published One Is Found First, Gilbert’s first collection of poetry, in December 2018. 

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