"How can we live without the unknown right in front of us?"
- Rene Char
"Soft margins and wide peripheries unfocused, I don't give form to my appreciation, but sit quietly with a quality of blossoms that feels like light.”
- Mei-mei Berssenbrugge
Grace Ortman teaches Religious Studies, English, & Creative Writing at St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Austin, Texas. She grew up in Albuquerque and earned her undergraduate degree at Occidental College in LA; she holds masters degrees from the University of Montana (MFA in Poetry, 2007) and Harvard Divinity School (MTS in Religion, Literature, & Culture, 2012).
Grace's poems and short stories have been published in Cedilla, The Wick, The Concher, and online at Typo and Play No Play. She has also produced many DIY chapbooks and blogs over the years. Grace's creative practices -- writing poems, lyrical essays, magical -minimalist stories, the occasional homily, as well as photography, documentary films, collage, painting, and domestic arts (eg. salad dressing, shrine-making, tea ceremony) -- seek to evoke and share something of that mystical ordinary feral strangeness that is everywhere, everywhere, when we attend to it.