So Much Depends

When thinking about Ordinary Time poetry, William Carlos Williams should have come to mind a lot faster than he did. (In fact, a husband and wife, on separate occasions, both suggested I read “The Red[…]

About Lauren Sawyer

I am an assistant instructor at a graduate school in Seattle, Washington, and I hold a master of the arts in theology and culture. I love coffee, rainy days, and John Updike. Learn more about me at laurendeidra.com.

Thesis Blog: Three Months Later

My talking about my thesis trickled out some time in February, probably when I was freaking out the most. I didn’t want you all to have to bear the craziness. Heh. But it’s all over,[…]

About Lauren Sawyer

I am an assistant instructor at a graduate school in Seattle, Washington, and I hold a master of the arts in theology and culture. I love coffee, rainy days, and John Updike. Learn more about me at laurendeidra.com.

Literature as Sacrament: thoughts birthed from grief

Three weeks before graduation, my boyfriend of four years broke up with me. Bad timing, of course, but is there ever a good time to get dumped? At the time I was knee-deep in reading[…]

About Lauren Sawyer

I am an assistant instructor at a graduate school in Seattle, Washington, and I hold a master of the arts in theology and culture. I love coffee, rainy days, and John Updike. Learn more about me at laurendeidra.com.

The Second Sunday of Ordinary Time (or, “thank you / for the goddamn birds singing!”)

Yesterday (Monday) is my one big, long intense work day. I’m an assistant instructor (kind of like a TA) at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, my alma mater, for a class called Faith,[…]

About Lauren Sawyer

I am an assistant instructor at a graduate school in Seattle, Washington, and I hold a master of the arts in theology and culture. I love coffee, rainy days, and John Updike. Learn more about me at laurendeidra.com.

The First (but not really) Sunday of Ordinary Time

I’ve begun bringing poetry to my church for the season of Ordinary Time. (The season gets a late start at Wits’ End because we observe a Sabbath month in August.) I’m particularly excited about this[…]

About Lauren Sawyer

I am an assistant instructor at a graduate school in Seattle, Washington, and I hold a master of the arts in theology and culture. I love coffee, rainy days, and John Updike. Learn more about me at laurendeidra.com.

Lolita

I realize it’s been¬†forever, and I apologize to those of you who visit T&L every day just waiting for an update. Wink, wink. These past few months have been crazy and busy, but I’m back,[…]

About Lauren Sawyer

I am an assistant instructor at a graduate school in Seattle, Washington, and I hold a master of the arts in theology and culture. I love coffee, rainy days, and John Updike. Learn more about me at laurendeidra.com.

Skeeter Lives

Some distance away he sees spray-painted on the back of one of the concrete benches in the mall of trees a slogan SKEETER LIVES. If he could go closer he could be sure that’s what[…]

About Lauren Sawyer

I am an assistant instructor at a graduate school in Seattle, Washington, and I hold a master of the arts in theology and culture. I love coffee, rainy days, and John Updike. Learn more about me at laurendeidra.com.

Good Friday — the Cross and the Lynching Tree

Every time a white mob lynched a black person, they lynched Jesus.¬†The lynching tree is the cross in America. When American Christians realize that they can meet Jesus only in the crucified bodies in our[…]

About Lauren Sawyer

I am an assistant instructor at a graduate school in Seattle, Washington, and I hold a master of the arts in theology and culture. I love coffee, rainy days, and John Updike. Learn more about me at laurendeidra.com.

Thesis Blog: The hardness of the heart

The motions of Grace, the hardness of the heart; external circumstances. I’m working on edits of my thesis to prepare for tomorrow’s (final) meeting. The paper needs to be done-done by the beginning of April.[…]

About Lauren Sawyer

I am an assistant instructor at a graduate school in Seattle, Washington, and I hold a master of the arts in theology and culture. I love coffee, rainy days, and John Updike. Learn more about me at laurendeidra.com.