Indiana Faith and Writing Conference - October 21

Workshop Speakers

Daniel Bowman Jr. is the author of A Plum Tree in Leatherstocking Country (Virtual Artists Collective: Chicago, 2012) and the recently completed Beggars in Heaven: A Novel. A native New Yorker, he lives in central Indiana and teaches creative writing at Taylor University. His work has appeared in journals like The Adirondack Review, American Poetry Journal, Books & Culture, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal(London/Hong Kong), Istanbul Literary Review, The Midwest Quarterly, The Other Journal, Rio Grande Review, Rock & Sling, Seneca Review, St. Katherine Review, and many more, as well as in several recent books such as How to Read a Poem (TS Poetry: New York, 2014) and Not Yet Christmas: An Advent Reader (Seedbed: Asbury, 2014). His recent readings include the Festival of Faith and Writing, Wheaton College, Valparaiso University, Borderlands East (Earlham College), Lutheran School of Theology, Indy Reads Books (Indianapolis), and Powell’s Books (University Village, Chicago).


Angela Doll Carlson

Angela Doll Carlson is a poet, fiction writer, and essayist whose work has been published or is forthcoming in publications both online and offline, such as Thin Air Magazine, Eastern Iowa Review, Apeiron Review, Relief Journal Magazine, St. Katherine Review, Rock & Sling, Bird's Thumb Magazine, Ruminate Magazine, and Art House America.

Her memoir, "Nearly Orthodox: On Being a Modern Woman in an Ancient Tradition" (Ancient Faith Publishers 2014) Her latest book is "Garden in the East: The Spiritual Life of the Body" (Ancient Faith Publishers 2016)

Angela currently lives in Chicago, IL with her husband, David and her four outrageously spirited yet remarkably likable children.


Ed Cyzewski

Ed Cyzewski (MDiv Biblical Theological Seminary) is the author of A Christian Survival Guide: A Lifeline to Faith and Growth, Coffeehouse Theology, and Pray, Write, Grow. He is a freelance writer and editor who has contributed to numerous magazines and book projects. He writes about contemplative prayer at


Carly Gelsinger
Carly Gelsinger has a Master's in journalism and a decade of professional writing experience. She teaches memoir writing at her local community college and runs a small creative services agency focusing on equipping people with the power of story.
Instagram: @cargelly


Michele Israel Harper

Michele Israel Harper, acquisitions editor of Love2ReadLove2Write Publishing, LLC, is on a mission to discover and publish professional, gripping, and wholesome speculative fiction. Her company strives to create an exquisite publishing experience for their authors and to produce quality fiction for their readers. Michele now leads the Heartland Christian Writers’ group and is treasurer for ACFW’s Indiana chapter. Author of Wisdom & Folly: Sisters, Zombie Takeover, and the soon-to-be-released Kill the Beast, Michele prays her involvement in writing, editing, and publishing touches many lives in the years to come. Visit or if you wish to know more about her.



Nathaniel Hansen

Nathaniel Lee Hansen is Associate Professor of English at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor where he edits The Windhover and directs The Windhover Writers' Festival. His chapbook, Four Seasons West of the 95th Meridian, was published by Spoon River Poetry Press (2014). His work has appeared in Between Midnight and Dawn: A Literary Guide to Prayer for Lent, Holy Week, and Eastertide; Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland; Saint Katherine Review; Split Lip Magazine; The Curator; Blast Furnace; Driftwood Press; Whitefish Review; The Cresset; Midwestern Gothic; and South Dakota Review, among others.


Angela Jackson-BrownAngela Jackson-Brown

Angela Jackson-Brown was born in Montgomery, Alabama and grew up in Ariton, Alabama. She is an English Professor at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. She graduated from Troy University in Troy, Ala. (B.S. in Business Administration); Auburn University in Auburn, Ala. (M.A. in English); and Spalding University in Louisville, Ky. (MFA in Creative Writing).

Her work has appeared in literary journals, such as: Pet Milk, Uptown Mosaic Magazine, New Southerner Literary Magazine, The Louisville Review, Muscadine Lines: A Southern Journal, Blue Lake Review, Identity Theory, Toe Good Poetry, and 94 Creations. Her short story, “Something in the Wash” was awarded the 2009 fiction prize by New Southerner Literary Magazine and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in Fiction. Her play, Wade in the Water, was given a reading at The University of Louisville in the summer of 2012. In the Spring of 2016 her play, Anna's Wings, will debut during the DivaFest in Indianapolis, Ind., which is presented through the generosity of Ellen and Richard Shevitz in association with IndyFringe and Andrew Black, Indiana Writers Center.

In the fall, her short play, Flossie Bailey Takes a Stand, will debut, along with the works of over thirty other local writers, at the Indiana Repertory Theatre as part of Indiana's Bicentennial Celebration. Her debut novel, Drinking from a Bitter Cup was published by WiDo Publishing in 2014. Recently, Angela signed with the Speilburg Literary Agency and Alice Speilburg is her literary agent.


Marci Rae JohnsonMarci Rae Johnson

Marci Rae Johnson is a professor of English and the Poetry Editor for The Cresset. Her poems appear in The Collagist, Quiddity, Hobart, Redivider, Redactions, Books & Culture, The Valparaiso Poetry Review, The Louisville Review, The Christian Century, and 32 Poems, among others. Her first collection of poetry, The Eyes the Window, won the Powder Horn Prize and was published by Sage Hill Press in 2013, and her second full length collection, Basic Disaster Supplies Kit, was released by Steel Toe Books in early 2016. Her chapbook, A Dictionary of Theories, won the Friends of Poetry chapbook contest for Michigan authors in 2014 and was published by Celery City Chapbooks.


Ann Kroeker

Writing Coach Ann Kroeker leverages over 25 years of writing and editing experience in the publishing industry to equip her clients to reach their writing goals. A published author and coauthor, blogger, and host of the "Ann Kroeker, Writing Coach” podcast, Ann has served on the editorial teams of two large online organizations, and worked as a corporate and freelance writer, book editor, and poet. She coauthored On Being a Writer: 12 Simple Habits for a Writing Life that Lasts, and authored Not So Fast: Slow-Down Solutions for Frenzied Families, and The Contemplative Mom. | Twitter and Instagram @annkroeker


Amy Peterson is a writer and adjunct professor whose work has appeared or is forthcoming from River Teeth, St. Katherine Review, The Millions, The Other Journal, Relief, The Cresset, Books and Culture, and elsewhere. She is the author of Dangerous Territory: My Misguided Quest to Save the World (Discovery House, 2017) and a contributor to Soul Bare: Stories of Redemption (Intervarsity Press, 2016) and Utmost Ongoing: Reflections on the Life of Oswald Chambers (Discovery House, 2017). Amy lives with her family on two acres of Indiana farmland.


Jody Powers

As a woman with cerebral palsy, Jody Powers writes and speaks on disability issues and her relationship with Jesus ( From fashion frustrations to telling corny jokes to anger over inaccessibility, to questioning God’s decisions, to being married to a man with bipolar, to silly drawings, Powers strives for vulnerability through her works. Powers and her husband Jayson live in Muncie, IN, where they attend Urban Light Community Church.


Andrew Rogers

Andy Rogers likes to write fiction, non-fiction, and emails that are just a bit too long. He has worked in the book industry since 2007 and is an editor at Our Daily Bread Ministries and Discovery House. Andy also co-hosts the semi-annual Jot Writers Conference ( He lives in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area with his family. Connect with him on Goodreads or follow him on Twitter, @ALRstories.

Tania Runyan

Tania Runyan is the author of the poetry collections What Will Soon Take Place, Second Sky, A Thousand Vessels, Simple Weight, and Delicious Air, which was awarded Book of the Year by the Conference on Christianity and Literature in 2007. Her guides How to Read a Poem, How to Write a Poem, and How to Write a College Application Essay are used in classrooms across the country. Her poems have appeared in many publications, including Poetry, Image, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, The Christian Century, Saint Katherine Review, and the Paraclete book Light upon Light: A Literary Guide to Prayer for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany. Tania was awarded an NEA Literature Fellowship in 2011. When not writing, Tania plays fiddle and mandolin, drives kids to appointments, and gets lost in her Midwestern garden.

J. Wolf Scott

Author of the seven-novel epic fantasy series The Children of Auberon, J. Wolf Scott has harnessed thirty years of professional experience in graphic design, desktop publishing, and marketing to build her books and brand identity. She enjoys the entire process, from inception to completion, and especially sharing her work at various conventions and events throughout the year. Her most recent project, The Dread Welsh Dragon, was her first collaborative project with her daughter, illustrator R.M.S. Kline. Scott has shared the knowledge gained along the way with writers of a wide range of ages, from creative writing students at Ivy Tech State College, to high school students, and most recently elementary students. She lives in rural Indiana with her husband, who indulges her habit of bringing home her imaginary friends.


Mary-Alice Trent

Dr. Trent, founder and past chair of the Conference on Christianity, Culture and Diversity in America, has taught courses in creative writing, advanced composition, freshman composition, linguistics, and African-American literature. Along with journal articles, poetry and stories, Dr. Trent has had four books published: Ethics in the 21st Century; The Language of Diversity; Religion, Culture, Curriculum, and Diversity in 21st Century America; and Cultivating Visionary Leadership by Learning for Global Success: Beyond the Language and Literature Classroom.


Terry Whalin

W. Terry Whalin understands both sides of the editorial desk. A former agent, Terry is an acquisitions editor at Morgan James Publishing. He has written more than 60 books for traditional publishers including Jumpstart Your Publishing Dreams and Billy Graham, A Biography of America’s Greatest Evangelist. A book proposal expert, Terry has an innovative online course on proposal creation called Terry lives in Colorado.

Visit Terry’s website, or follow him on social media: Twitter (@terrywhalin), Facebook, and LinkedIn.


David Wright

David Wright has been teaching creative writing for the past 25 years and loves helping writers at all levels jumpstart and reconsider their own work. He teaches creative writing and American literature at Monmouth College in Central Illinois. He is the author of two poetry collections, A Liturgy for Stones (Cascadia, 2003) and The Small Books of Bach (Wipf & Stock, 2014), and his work has appeared widely in places like Image, 32 Poems, Ecotone, and Poetry Easy, among others. He can be found online at at and on Twitter @sweatervestboy.