Karitos 2013 Literary Arts Track
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Jane Rubietta is an award-winning author of eleven books, speaks and teaches internationally, Jane has been published in hundreds of periodicals. Jane is passionate about helping people get published and build speaking platforms, and is Assistant Coordinator of the Write-to-Publish Writers Conference.
A former producer with Wisconsin Public Radio, John Desjarlais teaches journalism and English at Kishwaukee College in northern Illinois. His first novel, The Throne of Tara (Crossway 1990, 2000), was a Christianity Today Readers Choice Award nominee, and his medieval thriller, Relics (Thomas Nelson 1993, 2009) was a Doubleday Book Club Selection. Bleeder and Viper (Sophia Institute Press, 2009 and 2011 respectively) are the first two entries in a contemporary mystery series. Blood of the Martyrs and other stories was released in Fall 2012 with Kindle Select.
Ruth Goring's poetry collection Yellow Doors was published in 2003 by WordFarm, and recent work has appeared in Rhino, CALYX, Pilgrimage, New Madrid, Ginosko, and other journals. She earns her living as a senior manuscript editor in the books division at University of Chicago Press and also teaches an intensive course in book editing at U of C's Graham School for Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies. Ruth grew up in Colombia, South America, and is involved in advocacy and activism to support grassroots groups working for land rights and peace in that country. She's a member of Colombia Vive Chicago. Her new collection, not yet published, features poems set in Colombia--she especially loves experimenting
with hybrid English-Spanish poems.
Jackie Busch is blessed to be a daughter of the King, sister, mentor, and friend. A graduate of Trinity International University, Wheaton College Graduate School, and Teach for America, she has enjoyed serving in urban children’s ministry and education for over 13 years. She has been serving as the K-6 After School Program Director at Circle Urban Ministries in Chicago, and has accepted a recent offer to teach in their school.
Melvin Patterson, Jr., a native of the West Side of Chicago, is a self-taught artist and storyteller whose passion is sharing his God-given abilities with others, especially children. He is most proud of his current art project – creating and overseeing a 180 foot-long mural being painted by children ages 5-12 at Circle Urban Ministries, illustrating Little Pilgrim’s Progress in an urban context.