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Gregory Wolfe

Founder, Publisher, Editor
English and History
Class of 1980
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In 1989, Gregory Wolfe founded Image, a literary quarterly dedicated to exploring faith, mystery, and art, and bringing faith back into modern, secularized culture. Wolfe has written, co-authored, or edited fifteen books dealing with beauty, religion in modern thought, and political conservatism. Last year, he established Slant Books, an imprint of Wipf & Stock Publishers that focuses on books that explore the mysteries of the human heart. Wolfe, who grew up in New York and Boston, came to Hillsdale College at the urging of his father, a writer who worked for non-profit organizations with strong ties to the College. There, Wolfe majored in English and history. The classes he took at Hillsdale sparked his interest in narratives and story telling, and provided the inspiration for Image magazine. Wolfe’s extra-curricular activities prepared him well for a career in publishing. He wrote his own column in the campus newspaper, The Collegian, edited Tower Light, the on-campus literary journal, and even began his own journal, The Hillsdale Review, for young conservative thinkers. The Review ran for eight years, and served as a stepping-stone for Wolfe to Image magazine, giving him hands-on experience with the publishing process. After graduating from Hillsdale, Wolfe received his master’s degree in English from Oxford University, where he met his wife, Suzanne. They currently reside in Seattle, Washington, where they both teach literature and creative writing at Seattle Pacific University. Wolfe is the creative nonfiction writer-in-residence and serves as the director of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program; his wife, also a prolific writer and the executive editor of Image, is the writer-in-residence for creative fiction writing. 

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