September 26, 2019 / Creative Writing
Katie Manning was tired of the Bible being used as a weapon against other people, so she started taking language from the Bible and using it to make poems.
Katie Manning is the founding editor-in-chief of Whale Road Review and an associate professor of writing at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. She is the author of Tasty Other, which won the 2016 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award, and four chapbooks, including The Gospel of the Bleeding Woman. Her poems have appeared in New Letters, Poet Lore, Stirring, THRUSH, Verse Daily, and many journals and anthologies. Her poem “The Book of Fists” is part of a series in which she responds to the use of out-of-context biblical language as a weapon against other people by taking out-of-context biblical language and using it to create art. Her process was to use the last chapter from one book of the Bible as a word bank for each poem. Find Manning online at www.katiemanningpoet.com.