About Jeffrey Overstreet
JEFFREY OVERSTREET started lookingcloser.org in 1996.
His first book, Through a Screen Darkly, was published in 2007, and received a “starred review” in Publisher’s Weekly. His first novel, Auralia’s Colors, arrived in September ’07. (You can order both at Amazon.)
Jeffrey reads and writes and edits full-time for Seattle Pacific University’s award-winning magazine Response. He reviews films for Image, Filmwell, and an array of other publications. For almost ten years, he worked as a film reviewer and columnist for Christianity Today. His perspectives, reviews, and interviews have also been published in Paste, Risen, Relevant and Books & Culture.
Jeffrey travels frequently to speak about faith and the arts. Recently, he’s spoken on this subject at SPU, at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa; at Calvin College for the Calvin Festival of Faith and Writing; at the Trinity Arts Conference at the University of Dallas; and in churches all over the Pacific Northwest. He also regularly reviews movies on radio talk shows around the U.S.
Jeffrey’s film reviews have earned him a 2007 Evangelical Press Award, and were celebrated in a front-page feature of The Seattle Times’ Sunday magazine (Pacific Northwest). His work has been noted in TIME Magazine.
Born into a family of educators, Jeffrey grew up in Christian education, from kindergarten through university, at Portland Christian Schools (Portland, OR) and Seattle Pacific. He and his wife Anne, a poet, can be found writing in the coffee shops of Shoreline, WA, or scolding their cats, Mardukas (7) and Zooey (3). Jeffrey is overwhelmed by God’s generosity, and wants you to join the grand conversation about art and faith.