Nora Kirkham

Nora KirkhamMLITT STUDENT

Hometown: Born in Maine, USA. Raised in Tokyo, Japan, Sydney, Australia and Bucharest, Romania.
Education: MA, Creative Writing, University College Cork
BA, History and English, Gordon College

Academic Interests
As a poet and writer, Nora is interested in encounters with the wild, the strange and sublime. Growing up on four different continents has led her to appreciate the unique spirit of every landscape and culture. Her MA thesis was a portfolio of poems deeply informed by history and landscape while studying in Ireland. She intends to learn more about the relationship between eco-theology and art, understanding how meetings with the natural world contribute to our personal experience of God, as well as how this might compel us to devotion and environmental stewardship. Nora is also drawn to Medieval spirituality and art, especially mysticism, illuminated manuscripts, and iconography. Perhaps more directly related to her work as a practicing writer is her hope to better understand what it means to be a believer and a story-teller.

Nora attributes her desire to explore these ideas in an interdisciplinary framework to her time spent in Orvieto, Italy as an undergraduate, and at the L’Abri Fellowship branches in Switzerland and the UK. Some of the poets and writers she draws inspiration include Seamus Heaney, Thomas Merton, Rainer Maria Rilke, Christian Wiman, Jan Vanier, Henri Nouwen, Annie Dillard, Clarice Lispector, Marie Howe, Jane Hirshfield, and the anonymous scribe poets of ninth-century Ireland, among others.

Other Interests

Nora’s poetry, short fiction and essays have appeared in publications such as Ruminate Magazine, The Christian Century, Rock & Sling, and Topology Magazine. She hopes to continue building collections of poems, stories and perhaps even spin out a novel. Nora enjoys making visual art of any kind, listening to folk music, kayaking, hiking, sitting in meadows, swimming in the sea, exploring ruins and old churches and long, meandering conversations over tea.