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August 11, 2022

Katie’s Summer Reading

Written by: Julia Smolucha

There were no beach reads on my summer reading list, and I am notoriously drawn to nonfiction over and above the latest novel, so you’ll find my summer reading list populated by theologians, poets, and bedtime stories.

My favorite bedtime reads this summer include Blueberries with Sal, anything by Mo Willems (especially the Elephant and Piggie series) and lately on repeat is Bink and Gollie.

When it comes to the poet-theologian, I can’t get enough of Pádraig Ó Tuama. His latest book published last spring is called In the Shelter and offers a sprawling reflection on the presence of the sacred as we find our sense of home in the world. In the Shelter will be worth reading again; an easy book to drink in, story after story from his life offered with tenderness and truth, grief and nostalgia mingling with delight and a true sense of place. If you want another way to enter into Pádraig Ó Tuama, you can also find his weekly podcast Poetry Unbound where he reads a poem, waxes philosophical on the poem and its author, and then reads the poem a second time, this time with our attention fully awake to all the poem offers.

Finally, I just got in the mail today a poetry anthology called The Ecopoetry Anthology which I look forward to exploring. You can count me among the millions who find God alive and near when I sit under a tree or on the bank of a river, so the poets who write with an ecological lens put me directly in touch with the spirit at work within me.

Come by my office to talk poetry, theology, or your favorite bedtime stories. I’d love to see you.