Karl Plank

Karl Plank’s writing has been published in journals such as Notre Dame Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Zone 3, New Madrid, Briar Cliff Review, and has been featured on Poetry Daily. He is the author of the recent poetry chapbook, A Field, Part Arable (Lithic Press, 2017). A past winner of the Thomas Carter Prize and a Pushcart nominee, he is the J.W. Cannon Professor of Religious Studies at Davidson College.

He believes what David Foster Wallace said is true: “If you spend enough time reading or writing, you find a voice, but you also find certain tastes. You find certain writers who when they write, it makes your own brain voice like a tuning fork, and you just resonate with them. And when that happens (it) becomes a source of unbelievable joy. . . Lucky people develop a relationship with a certain kind of art that becomes spiritual, almost religious, and doesn’t mean, you know, church stuff, but it means you’re just never the same.”

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