Dr. Joshua M. Hren 

Assistant Professor of English

joshuahren@bac.edu

B.A., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2005
M.A., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2009
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2012
  • Honors College
  • Rhetoric
  • Fiction Writing
  • Western Literature Courses
  • Thomas More Program
  • This Our Exile: Short Stories, through Angelico Press, received an Honorable Mention in the 2018 Christianity and Literature Book of the Year Award
  • Middle-earth and the Return of the Common Good: J.R.R. Tolkien and Political Philosophy, through Cascade Books in November 2018
  • Article “Climbing to God on ‘The Burning Ladder’: Dana Gioia’s Via Negativa,”in Religion and the Arts, March 2019
  • Poem “The Nuclear Winter,” in Commonweal
  • Short Story “Their Fire is Not Quenched,” in Windhover
  • Short Story “Tears in Things,” in Dappled Things
  • Essay “‘Faith’s Ardor in an Air-Conditioned Tomb: Dana Gioia’s Sights of the Unseen in a Secular Age” in Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry, 2019
  • Essay “Christ-Haunted George Saunders” in First Things
  • Short Story “Up and Down and Up Again” in Windhover, Spring 2019
  • “The Problem of Pity: Misguided Mercy and Dante’s Infernal Purgation,” in Touchstone, March 2019
  • Essay “Whispers and Shouts of Faith in Fiction: Léon Bloy and the Catholic Writer Today,” in Dappled Things, Winter 2019
  • Poem “The Banality of Evil,” in First Things, Fall 2018
  • “Beauty Will Not Save the World But the Literature You Save May Be Your Own: Catholic Literature,  Dead or Alive?” in America
  • Essay “Feasts of Doubt or Feasts of Faith?: Dana Gioia’s ‘All Souls’’ and ‘Pentecost,’” Feature in Dappled Things, Fall 2018.
  • Short Story “The Terrible Speed of Mercy,” in Wisconsin’s Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Fiction, Fall 2018
  • Short Story “Master and Slave” in Windhover, Fall 2018
  • Poem “The Lesser Angels of Our Nature,” in First Things, June 2018
  • Article “The Apocalypse of Beatitude: Modern Gnosticism and Misplaced Faith in Dostoevsky’s The Possessed” in Voegelin View, March 2018
  • “A Dank, Dimly-Lighted Place: Affliction, Beauty, and Being at Home in the World,” in Dappled Things,  Spring 2018
  • Poem “In Secular Saeculorum,” in First Things, February 2018 
  • Short Story “In a Better Place,” Windhover, Spring 2018
  • Essay “Tailor-Made for Sin: Hiding Guilt with Garments of Legal Fictions,” Feature in Touchstone, Winter 2018
  • Article “Acquisitive Imitation and the Gift Economy: Escaping Reciprocity in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit,” in Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture, Fall 2017
  • Short Story “Gates of Eden” in Windhover, Fall 2017
  • Interview with Catholic World Report regarding Wiseblood Books, Summer of 2017
  • Poem “Sanguine” in First Things, Summer of 2017
  • Short Story “Pawned” in Cobalt Literary Magazine, Summer of 2017
  • Poem “Meditation on Modern Mathematics and the Music of Spheres,” in Presence, April 2017
  • Short Story “The Man Watching,” in Windhover, Spring 2017
  • Short Story “Sick at the Thought” & Short Story Finalist “Inferno” in Adelaide, Spring 2017
  • Article “Tolkien and the Technocratic Paradigm” in New Blackfriars, July 2016
  • Entries on “René Girard,” “J.F. Powers,” and “Nathan W. Scott” in Encyclopedia of  Christianity in the United States, forthcoming November 2016
  • Poem “Gehenna” in First Things, June 2016
  • Short story “Copper” in Ink & Letters, Winter 2016
  • Short story “Heavyweight” in Aethlon Literary Journal, Winter 2015-16 edition
  • Review of Witt and Richards’ The Hobbit Party: The Vision of Freedom that Tolkien Got and the West Forgot in Gilbert Magazine, Summer 2015
  • Article “The Genealogy of Ressentiment and the Achilles’ Heel of Humanitarianism: Love of Mankind from the Iliad to The Idiot,” in Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, 2014 
  • “The Sound and the Fury, Symbolizing Something: The Paradoxical Miracle at the Limits of Language: Maritain, Percy, and The Moviegoer,” book chapter in Redeeming Philosophy:  From Metaphysics to Aesthetics, 2014
  • “A Bird’s Nest of Being: A Conversation with Brian Jobe, Author of Bird’s Nest in Your Hair   in Dappled Things, Summer 2013
  • “Our Essential Displacement and the Reparation of Fiction:  Interview with Joseph O’Brien,” in  Dappled  Things, Spring 2013
  • Chapter III of novel In the Wine Press in Dappled Things, Winter 2013 
  • “A Fire-Stained and Blackened Cathedral: An Interview With Joshua Hren” in Dappled Things, Fall 2012
  • Article “Truth and Lies in a Chestertonian Sense: Father brown and the Fault of the Depraved Saint” in  Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, Winter 2012-13
  • Selection of my translation of Leon Bloy’s La Femme Pauvre published in Dappled Things, Fall 2012
  • Short story “Control” in the 6.1 issue of Relief, A Christian Quarterly Expression, Summer 2013
  • Short story “Wrecking Ball” as “Editor’s Choice” in 5.2 edition of Relief, January 2012
  • Poem “Proof of the Immortality of the Soul with Reference to Beeswax Soap” Dappled Things, Fall 2011
  • Chapter II of novel In the Wine Press in Dappled Things, Fall 2011
  • Story “Wrecking Ball” received honorable mention in Glimmer Train’s 2010 Short Story Award 
  • Chapter I of novel In the Wine Press in Dappled Things, Fall 2010
  • Poem “A Story in Ashes” in Dappled Things, Summer 2010
  • Stories “She Scarce Is” & “Everything Must Go” Top-25 in Glimmer Train’s Fiction Open, 2009-2010
  • Poem “itinerant intimacies” in Dappled Things, Fall 2009
• The intersection of Political Philosophy and Literature
• The intersection of Christianity and Literature