Ashlee Cowles

Ashlee Cowles is a graduate of Duke University’s Divinity School and the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. She is a literature teacher at a classical high school and the author of the novel, Beneath Wandering Stars (Merit Press, August 2016). Read additional essays by Ashlee at Humane Pursuits, The Imaginative Conservative, the Russell Kirk Center’s University Bookman, or on her blog, The Wandering Writer.


What Is Imagination? (3/3)

By Ashlee Cowles

In Part II, we considered how imagination is the harmonious piecing together of images that rouse longings powerful enough to move us to faith in a “Maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and Read More ›

What Is Imagination? (2/3)

By Ashlee Cowles

In Part I, we considered how the imagination is the part of us most concerned with transcendent concepts, virtues of “the chest,” and pursuits that are good ends in themselves. As artists, we use our imaginations whenever we attempt to incarnate one of these “unnecessary” goods in an image— Read More ›

What Is Imagination? (1/3)

By Ashlee Cowles

For one glorious year, I was blessed to live as a Residential Fellow at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal in northern Michigan, where I worked on my novel and researched Dr. Kirk’s understanding of the Moral Imagination. Read More ›