About Me

I’m a husband, a father of five, and a poet. I am also a chaplain at a children’s hospital and a third order monastic with the Company of Jesus. I think prayer matters. I think people should read a few Psalms every day.

Books I Love

The Bible, The Jordanville Prayer Book, The Way of Ascetics by Tito Coliander, Anything by Robert Frost, Anything by Billy Collins, The Art of the Lathe by B.H. Fairchild, Fr. Seraphim Rose: His Life and Works by Hieromonk Damascene, The 100 Cupboards Series by N.D. Wilson, The Ashtown Burials Series by N.D. Wilson, The Wingfeater Saga by What’s-His-Name, The Green Ember by S.D. Smith, The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor, Gilead by Marilynne Robinson, The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Michael Chabon

My Kind of Music

Orthodox Monastic Chant (mostly Russian), Elliott Smith, Andrew Bird, Arvo Pärt, Selections from Various Classical Composers, The stuff I listened to in the ’80s and ’90s. Good bluegrass–especially Tim O’Brien. Stevie Wonder’s also pretty great.

TV & Movies

Studio Ghibli films, especially Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and The Cat Returns. The LotR Trilogy, Wall-E, The Incredibles, Up.

Not a big TV guy.

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Josh Duncan