Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts will sponsor a closing lecture by its first visiting artist in residence, Malcolm Guite. He will present a lecture titled, "Mariner! Adventures of the Poem and the Poet." The presentation will focus on Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "Rime of the Ancient Mariner," exploring its theological and ecological relevance today and showing how the plot interweaves with Coleridge's own life and conversion.
Guite, known to many as the “Rockin’ Rev,” serves as Bye-Fellow and chaplain at Girton College at the University of Cambridge, while supervising in English and theology. He is also the front man for the rhythm and blues band Mystery Train. His albums include "The Green Man" and "Dancing through the Fire." Guite has published four collections of poetry: Saying the Names (2002), The Magic Apple Tree (2004), Sounding the Seasons: Poetry for the Christian Year (2012), and most recently, The Singing Bowl (2013).
His theological works include What Do Christians Believe? and Faith, Hope and Poetry: Theology and the Poetic Imagination. His essay on literature and incarnation is included in Beholding the Glory: Incarnation Through the Arts.
Guite is a devout reader and scholar of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkein, and British poets, and finds inspiration in the works of The Band, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Gram Parsons, Steve Earle, and Bob Dylan.