Join us as author Meghan Florian returns to her hometown to share her new essay collection, THE MIDDLE OF THINGS.
Meghan Florian combines personal narrative with careful analysis, taking the ordinary material of undramatic daily life and distilling it into moments of clarity and revelation. Centering each essay in this collection on a different aspect of coming of age as a feminist woman within the ethos of the theological academy and the church, Florian interrogates the problems that arise when trying to inhabit these seemingly incompatible spheres, illuminating aspects of work, relationships, and daily life as a young woman. Part intellectual bildungsroman, part feminist manifesto, together these essays detail midpoints on one young woman’s journey from the warm simplicity of a bookish adolescence with firm faith, through the joys and challenges of academic study that threaten that life and stability, to find not a place of resolution, but the ability to embrace a life unfolding.
Meghan Florian teaches writing at William Peace University and the Center for Theological Writing at Duke Divinity School. She has written for numerous publications, including Religion Dispatches, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Religion News Service, and she is the creative writing editor at The Other Journal.