Brook Wilensky-Lanford earned her PhD in Religion in the Americas from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her M.F.A. in Nonfiction Writing from Columbia University. The author of Paradise Lust: Searching for the Garden of Eden (Grove Press, 2011) and a former editor-in-chief of Killing the Buddha, her writing has appeared in The New Republic,The Guardian,The Boston Globe, and The New York Times Book Review. She is Program Coordinator for Sacred Writes Public Scholarship on Religion, a Luce Foundation-funded initiative hosted by Northeastern University, and lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Who is this work being written for, what kind of critical stance does it take toward that imagined reader—challenging, comforting, prophetic, regressive? For me there is always something slightly transgressive about reading imaginative writing theologically.