Artful dispatches from the places where we find ourselves
Jeff Gundy has lived in the same house on Lawn Avenue for over thirty years, and has gotten to know the flat blacktops around Bluffton well in recent years, biking them solo and on a tandem with his wife Marlyce. Right now the corn and beans are just getting started, and the wheat is almost ready to harvest. His new books of poems are Abandoned Homeland (Bottom Dog, 2015) and Somewhere Near Defiance (Anhinga, 2014); he was named Ohio Poet of the Year for the latter. His recent prose book, Songs from an Empty Cage: Poetry, Mystery, Anabaptism, and Peace (Cascadia, 2013), has essays on theopoetics, Mennonite writing, and peace. Other recent work is in The Sun, Georgia Review, Christian Century, North American Review, and Cincinnati Review. After a sabbatical teaching at LCC International University in Klaipeda, Lithuania, he is back at Bluffton University in Ohio.