Poem Version

The poet is a poet, born and bred,

Born first of flesh, in spirit born again,

And bred by parents who by Christ were led

To teach me words, God’s Word, and soon the pen.

When this, God’s Word, transformed my heart –

Its words still mend my broken heart these days –

The pen I took and now pursue the art,

So with my words reflect God’s Word in praise.

His beauty with my words I seek to show,

Though often most inadequate are they;

His Holy Word I wish the world to know,

Through poetry the solid Truth convey.

Thus am I called a soldier of the Lord

To fight for Him with this, my pen, my sword.


Prose Version

I was recently graduated from Susquehanna University with a double major in Creative Writing & Theatre with a performance emphasis. Though in my writing classes (and casual writing) I primarily focused on poetry, I enjoy writing essays (particularly on literature and theology), fiction (after years on ice, my fantasy novel is thawing), and plays (a writing muscle I have not exercised nearly as much as I should like). In college, I had a few opportunities to be a theatrical director directing Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night as the president of my school’s tiny Shakespeare Club in my last semester there. One of my career-dreams would be to write and direct my own plays for a Christian theatre.

Among my favorite writers are J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Shakespeare, W. B. Yeats, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Joss Whedon (as a director too), and, most recently, Malcolm Guite.

I was raised in the Presbyterian church, attending a small OPC church while at school, and currently attend a reformed non-denominational church, which I mention often since I write sonnets in conjunction with my pastor’s sermons. I uphold that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments (66 books in total) is the holy and wholly infallible Word of God. I believe that the Truth revealed therein is true, beautiful, and good, a trustworthy testament to the nature of God and His actions in this world our nature as human beings. I write my poetry with this principle in mind, hoping that my human words and understanding can point to and to some degree illuminate the eternal truths found firstly in Scripture. For a more detailed understanding of my doctrinal stance on things, I would like to refer you to the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechism, which covers the basics. I don’t claim to understand it all perfectly, but I do believe it to be the most faithful and accurate interpretation of Scripture, which I hold to be the highest authority in all matters theological being from the mouth of God and not man. Anyway, I do not need to write a complete confession of my faith as a Christian here.

Thanks be to God, I am a poet and, Lord-willing, a good one whose works bring greater glory to Him!