Pete Candler was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, and studied at Wake Forest University and The University of Cambridge. He taught theology and literature at Baylor University until 2013, and has delivered lectures at Cambridge, Oxford, St Andrews, both universities in Durham (Duke and the eponymous English one), and Gonzaga. His written work has appeared in Modern Theology, Communio, The Other Journal, New Blackfriars, First Things, Los Angeles Review of Books, Commonweal, The Bitter Southerner, and elsewhere. His first book, Theology, Rhetoric, Manuduction, was published by Eerdmans in 2006. On the West Sands in St Andrews (pictured above), he decided to leave academe to write fiction and essays. He lives with his wife and four boys in Asheville, North Carolina.

Some Stuff I’ve Written:

The Unforgotten: On Michael W. Twitty’s The Cooking Gene, for The Millions (14 March 2018)

I wish I had the courage to ask my dad about his service in Vietnam: for Veterans’ Day 2017, for The Washington Post (10 November 2017)

How an ancient African saint helped me make sense of 9/11: on teaching St. Augustine’s City of God on the morning of September 11, 2001, for The Washington Post (11 September 2017)

The Punishment Pass: on the use of the Confederate flag in Quebec and Vermont–and Charlottesville, for The Bitter Southerner (17 August 2017)

I’d Like to Thank the Staff for Inviting Myself to Open Mic: for the Brevity Magazine blog (10 July 2017)

Tangled Up in Bob: on the uniquely American voice of Bob Dylan, for Commonweal (2 June 2017)

Hi! You are About to be Rejected from our Quarterly: on a strange pre-rejection notice for the Brevity Magazine blog (5 April 2017)

How a Nation Lost its Mind: a review essay on Nicholas O’Shaughnessy’s Selling Hitler for Los Angeles Review of Books (November 2016)

The Tree of Life and the Lamb of God: on Terrence Malick for The Other Journal (July 2011)

Johnny of the Cross: a eulogy for Johnny Cash for First Things (December 2003)