The following writers are participants in the 2021-22 Emerging Writers Mentorship program. In fall 2021, essays from this cohort will be published at Bearings Online.
Angie Hong is a Korean-American worship leader, writer, and speaker. She has written for The Atlantic, Christianity Today Women, Reckon South, and Faith and Leadership. She has written about her worship and ministry in Intercultural Ministries: Hope for a Changing World (Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Jann Aldredge-Clanton, eds., Judson Press, 2016) and about her personal journey in Soul Bare (Cara Sexton, ed., Intervarsity Press, 2016). Angie has served as the Creative Director at the Chicago campus of Willow Creek Community Church, led worship for various churches and events such as the annual Christian Community Development Association, The Justice Conference, and the Duke Divinity School Summer Institute for Reconciliation and most recently earned a Master in Divinity from Duke Divinity School. You can follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook @angiekayhong.
Sarah Ngu is a freelance writer and community director at Forefront NYC Church in Brooklyn. They write and speak on class, race, and housing, and LGBTQ issues for publications including Vox, The Guardian, Asian American Writers Workshop, The Revealer, and Vice.
Zeena Regis is a spiritual care practitioner, consultant, and writer. She has worked in hospice and palliative care as a chaplain and grief counselor since 2012. She is the founder and director of the Threshold Planning Project. Zeena is also a contributor to Presbyterians Today. She lives in Decatur, Georgia with her spouse, teenager, and two spoiled pups. Keep up with her offerings at ZeenaRegis.com.
Natarsha Sanders is a doctoral candidate at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA, where she is researching the intersections between education, racial justice and spiritual development. Writing is both a spiritual practice and academic discipline for her. Natarsha enjoys the writings of bell hooks, Parker J. Palmer, Dr. Christena Cleveland, Patrick Reyes, and so many others. Natarsha, though a North Carolina native, resides in Kerrville, TX with her husband Lorenzo A. Watson. She is the Executive Director of Centering the Sacred, LLC.
Sophia Stid is a writer from California. She is the Ecotone Postgraduate Fellow at UNC Wilmington and a recent graduate of the MFA program at Vanderbilt University, where she studied poetry and theology. She has received fellowships from the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and is the winner of the 2019 Witness Literary Award in Poetry.
Michael N. McGregor
Michael N. McGregor is the author of Pure Act: The Uncommon Life of Robert Lax, Fordham University Press, a finalist for a Washington State Book Award and several other prizes. His essays, articles and stories have been widely published in journals and magazines, including The Seattle Review, Story Quarterly, Poetry, The South Dakota Review, The Crab Orchard Review, The Mid-America Poetry Review, Notre Dame Magazine, and The Dictionary of Literary Biography. Among his honors and awards are the Daniel Curley Award for Short Fiction, an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship, an Illinois Arts Council Literary Grant and a Best American Essays Notable Essay selection. McGregor is an award-winning professor and former director of the MFA in Creative Writing program at Portland State University.
Sophfronia Scott is a novelist, essayist, and leading contemplative thinker whose work has appeared in Time, People, O: The Oprah Magazine, and numerous other outlets. When her first novel, All I Need to Get By, was published, she was nominated for best new author at the African American Literary Awards and hailed by Henry Louis Gates Jr. as “one of the best writers of her generation.” Her other books include Unforgivable Love, Love’s Long Line, and This Child of Faith. Scott holds degrees from Harvard and the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives in Sandy Hook, Connecticut.