the Antioch Voice Fall 2015

We are excited to present to you the Fall edition of the Antioch Voice. Click here to view and download: The Antioch Voice Fall 2015

The Antioch Voice 2015 Fall Cover


A Blue Grasshopper with Elizabeth Kracht of Kimberley Cameron and Associates

by Whitney Bell

Last semester in the Creative Writing Master’s program at AUM, I had an assignment to interview an agent. I chose Elizabeth Kracht because I saw her name on the Antioch Writers’ Workshop roster, and I like to meet people in person. Before I reached out to Liz, I did some research and found some fun facts. She began her writing / editing career in Puerto Rico, her favorite color is sea-foam green, and she has dating stories that you could write books about. When ordering a drink, sometimes she has the bartender surprise her.

I wanted to take a shot at creating Liz a customized drink, but first I wanted to know what it was like to be an agent, and what she could tell me about creating a platform. (Work before play, right?). It turns out she’s the kind of person I’d like to sit down and have a cocktail with, (or an iced tea and maybe some cheese). Here’s part of our conversation:

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Black and White in Ferguson

By Augustine Wetta

A Sermon to the Saint Louis Priory School on December 10, 2015

No monk should ever defend another in the monastery. Nor should he take sides in an argument. Such conduct should never occur in the monastery under any circumstances because it causes very grave scandal.
–CHAPTER 69: Presuming to Defend a Brother

We decree that no one should be permitted to ostracize or to strike any one of his brothers; and if any monk should break this rule, let him be publicly reprimanded, that the others may learn from his mistake.
–CHAPTER 70: Presuming to Strike a Brother

In these two consecutive passages from The Rule, Saint Benedict outlines how a monk should respond when he encounters discord in his community. He doesn’t lash out, even if he feels justified. And doesn’t choose a side, even though he may think he knows all the facts. Instead, he listens—as he is compelled to do by the opening words of the Rule itself: he “inclines the ear of his heart” (Prologue, 1.1).

Like most people in North America right now, I’ve been thinking about Ferguson. Or rather, I’ve been wondering what I should do about it. But I live in a monastery in a suburb of Saint Louis that was recently ranked #12 of the twenty-five most affluent neighborhoods in the North America. What do I know about urban poverty or racism?

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By Lisa Geichman Prosek

“Thirty seven.”

That’s how many brain tumors my brother says lie in our little sister’s head.

A tumor for each year Beth had lived when diagnosed with carcinoid cancer nine years ago, plus two tumors for good measure.

I can’t believe the words coming out of my cell phone as I pace in the hall at Antioch University Midwest on Saturday, ten minutes before I’m to teach Expository Writing. Continue reading →