“With Flames” Creativity Series

When Tolkien calls us a “Sub-creator, the refracted light through whom is splintered from a single White to many hues” and refers to a future time when “poets shall have flames upon their head,” I wonder why this time can’t be now. I’ve always believed this time to be now. As a creator, I believe in what Madeleine L’Engle says: “God is constantly creating, in us, through us, with us, and to co-create with God is our human calling. It is the calling for all of us, his creatures, but it is perhaps more conscious with the artist–or should I say the Christian artist?” Writers, artists, creators view who they are and how they work through a particular lens. Maybe not of Tolkien or L’Engle, but of someone and something. What is the role of the creator? How does this role inform your own work? Do you see yourself as a Sub-creator, a Co-creator, a Re-Creator? Maybe you see yourself as one who discovers or re-discovers? This series asks writers where they stand, what they move between, and how that affects their process. The series is meant to be a meditation, a conversation, and an inspiration. -flames
“Three Part Harmony” Nancy Nordenson
“The Active Creator” Sam Mahlstadt
“Tossing Ferdinand Magellan” Tyler McCabe
“God, the Artist, and the World” Judith Hougen
“Tiny Glory” Kolby Kerr
“What it is to be Us” Kyle Burton
 “I Stand at the Untitled Piece” Addie Zierman

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