Jay Parini is a poet, novelist, biographer, and critic. His five books of poetry include The Art of Subtraction: New and Selected Poems. He has written eight novels, including Benjamin’s Crossing, The Apprentice Lover, The Passages of H.M., and The Last Station – the latter was made into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer. He has written biographies of John Steinbeck, Robert Frost, and William Faulkner. His non-fiction works include Jesus: The Human Face of God, Why Poetry Matters and Promised Land: Thirteen Books that Changed America. He writes for various publications, including The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.
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Jay Parini's Latest:
- Jay's blog post for CNN: Why did Pope Francis pray at the wall?
- Check out Jay's appearance on The PBS Newshour.
- Listen to Jay's hour-long interview on NPR: On Point with Tom Ashbrook.
- Check out Jay's recent blog post at CNN.com - Jesus and Mary: It's Complicated
- "Who Was Jesus, Anyway?" - for The Daily Beast
- NEW RELEASE: Jesus: The Human Face of God (Amazon, Houghton Mifflin)
- COMING SOON: Conversations with Jay Parini, edited by Michael Lackey (University of Mississippi Press)