Search for Meaning 2012


Search For Meaning Book Festival 2012

Over 40 authors surrounding the human search for meaning
on issues of spirituality, faith and social justice.
Two keynote speakers, 4 general sessions, book signings, bookstore and more.

2012 Title Sponsors: Donald and Lilyan Snow
Partners: Elliott Bay Book Company and the Seattle University Bookstore.

Keynote Speakers:

Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver is a Pulitzer-prize winning poet and author of Evidence and Swan: Poems and Prose Poems.

Her first collection of poems, No Voyage, and Other Poems, was published in 1963. Since then, she has published numerous books, including Thirst (Beacon Press, 2006); Why I Wake Early (2004); Owls and Other Fantasies: Poems and Essays (2003); Winter Hours: Prose, Prose Poems, and Poems (1999); West Wind (1997); White Pine (1994); New and Selected Poems (1992), which won the National Book award; House of Light (1990), which won the Christopher Award and the L. L. Winship/PEN New England Award; and American Primitive (1983), for which she won the Pulitzer Prize.

The first part of her book-length poem The Leaf and the Cloud (Da Capo Press, 2000) was selected for inclusion in The Best American Poetry 1999 and the second part, "Work," was selected for The Best American Poetry 2000. Her books of prose include Long Life: Essays and Other Writings (2004); Rules for the Dance: A Handbook for Writing and Reading Metrical Verse (1998); Blue Pastures (1995); and A Poetry Handbook (1994).

"Mary Oliver's poetry is an excellent antidote for the excesses of civilization," wrote one reviewer for the Harvard Review, "for too much flurry and inattention, and the baroque conventions of our social and professional lives. She is a poet of wisdom and generosity whose vision allows us to look intimately at a world not of our making."

Her honors include an American Academy of Arts & Letters Award, a Lannan Literary Award, the Poetry Society of America's Shelley Memorial Prize and Alice Fay di Castagnola Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Oliver held the Catharine Osgood Foster Chair for Distinguished Teaching at Bennington College until 2001. She currently lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

James Martin, S.J.

Father James Martin is a New York Times Best-Selling Author and the official chaplain of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series "The Colbert Report" on Comedy Central. His latest book is The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life.

Martin's books include: This Our Exile: A Spiritual Journey with the Refugees of East Africa (Orbis Books, 1999), In Good Company: The Fast Track from the Corporate World to Poverty, Chastity and Obedience (Sheed & Ward, 2000), Searching for God at Ground Zero (Sheed & Ward, 2002), Becoming Who You Are: Insights on the True Self from Thomas Merton and Other Saints (Paulist Press, 2006), My Life with the Saints (Loyola Press., 2006), Lourdes Diary: Seven Days at the Grotto of Massabieille (Loyola Press., 2006), A Jesuit Off-Broadway: Center Stage with Jesus, Judas, and Life's Big Questions (Loyola Press., 2007),

The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life (Harper One., 2010).