Vinita Hampton Wright is a Loyola Press editor and the author of many books, including Days of Deepening Friendship, Simple Acts of Moving Forward, and most recently, The Art of Spiritual Writing. She lives in Chicago, Illinois, with her husband, a dog, and two cats.
Jessica Mesman Griffith
is a widely published writer whose work has been noted in Best American Essays. Her memoir, Love and Salt: A Spiritual Friendship in Letters,
co-authored with Amy Andrews, won the 2014 Christopher Award for "literature that affirms the highest values of the human spirit." She is co-founder and curator of the blog Sick Pilgrim
, a space for fellow travelers, a rest stop for people who have Catholic minds or hearts or aesthetics or attractions and need companions for the journey. Her articles and essays have also appeared in Elle
, Christianity Today
, Notre Dame Magazine, Busted Halo
, and Living Faith
, among others. Jessica is the co-founder of Trying to Say God: Re-enchanting the Catholic Imagination
, a literary festival at the University of Notre Dame. has spoken about spiritual writing and literary nonfiction at colleges and universities, the Festival of Faith and Writing, the Associated Writing Programs annual conferences, and the Neiman Conference for Narrative Journalism at Harvard University. She has appeared as a guest on NPRs Interfaith Voices,
and on various shows for Relevant Radio and Sirius/XM The Catholic Channel. Jessica has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She was then one of ten scholars selected by Patricia Hampl to complete a post-graduate Fellowship in the Erasmus Institute for Spiritual Autobiography at the University of Notre Dame. She is a member of Ink: A Creative Collective of writers on spirituality and religion and is represented by the MacGregor Literary Agency.
Ginny Kubitz Moyer is a contributor to several print and online publications, including U.S. Catholic magazine, BustedHalo.com, and CatholicMom.com. Her most recent book is Random MOMents of Grace. Moyer blogs at RandomActsofMomness.com
Margaret Silf is a popular retreat director and the author of many books, including The Other Side of Chaos, Inner Compass, Close to the Heart, and most recently, Just Call Me Lopez.