Contemplative Reading & Thomas Merton with Sophfronia Scott

On this episode of Old Books With Grace, I welcome Sophfronia Scott, author of one of my favorite books I read in 2021, The Seeker and the Monk. I loved our conversation about reading contemplatively and creating dialogue with the writers of the past as one reads. Enjoy!

Sophfronia Scott

Sophfronia Scott is a Harvard-educated novelist, essayist, and leading contemplative thinker whose work has appeared in numerous publications and received a 2020 Artist Fellowship Grant from the Connecticut Office of the Arts as well as the 2021 Thomas Merton Award from the International Thomas Merton Society for her book The Seeker and the Monk. She is the founding director of Alma College’s MFA in Creative Writing, a low-residency graduate program based in Alma, Michigan. Sophfronia lives in Sandy Hook, Connecticut where she continues to fight a losing battle against the weeds in her flower beds. Her website is

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