Maryanne Hannan is a writer and poet. Her essays have appeared in Living Faith, Words of Life, Forward: Day by Day, Emmanuel, The Word Among Us, Catechumenate: A Journal of Christian Initiation, Spiritual Life and Sacred Journey. She has published numerous book reviews and interviews in Anglican Theological Review, QLRS (Quarterly Literary Review Singapore), Sentence, Triquarterly Online, Web del Sol Review of Books. Some of her reviews have been featured on Powell’s Review-a-Day site. In recent years, she has concentrated on poetry, publishing in numerous journals including 111O, Adanna, Anglican Theological Review, ARTS: The Arts in Religious and Theological Studies, Broad River Review, Christian Century, Christianity and Literature, Copperfield Review, Gargoyle, Magma, Minnesota Review, Mom Egg Review, Naugatuck River Review, Oxford Poetry, Pirene’s Fountain, poemeleon, Rabbit, Rattle, Relief, Ruminate, Seminary Ridge, Sentence, Spiritus, Stand, The Cresset, Upstreet, Verse Wisconsin, The Windhover, WomenArts Quarterly Journal and several anthologies, including Letter to the World: Poems from the Wom-po Listserv (Red Hen Press, 2008), The Cento: A Collection of Collage Poems (Red Hen Press, 2011), St. Peter's B-list: Contemporary Poems Inspired by the Saints (Ave Maria Press, 2014), The Great American Wise Ass Poetry Anthology (Lamar University Press, 2016), The World is Charged: Poetic Engagements with Gerard Manley Hopkins (Clemson University Press, 2016). She taught Latin at area schools, including the University at Albany, SUNY, and Siena College, Loudonville, New York.
I’m excited about Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry and its potential for fostering community among Catholic poets and readers alike. To proclaim oneself a journal of Catholic poetry strikes me as brave. Especially when the goal is not to exclude other voices, as Presence’s mission statement makes clear. It’s more about clearing a space where specifically Catholic references can be understood and appreciated without footnotes, where the rich intellectual history of the Catholic Church is still relevant. Where the invisible, when approached, is accessed through the visible. I’m tempted to say “made manifest,” but better leave that to the poets themselves.