The Denise Levertov Award is the prestigious honor given by the good people of Image “to an artist or creative writer whose work exemplifies a serious and sustained engagement with the Judeo-Christian tradition.”

Past recipients of the award include poets Scott Cairns, Luci Shaw, Madeline DeFrees, and Franz Wright; nonfiction writers Kathleen Norris, Thomas Lynch, and Eugene Peterson; fiction writers Bret Lott and Ron Hansen; and the “patron saint” of this very blog… singer-songwriter Sam Phillips.

And the Twelfth Annual Denise Levertov Award will be presented to Bruce Cockburn, one of the singer-songwriters whose work has been a profound influence in my life. How much do Anne and I love this guy? We had his song “Lord of the Starfields” performed during our wedding.

So come to Seattle’s Fremont Abbey on Thursday, April 23, at 8 p.m. I’ll be there for the concert, interview, and reception. You?