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Front page of the annual journal Presence, A Journal of Catholic Poetry.

Caldwell, N.J., July 23, 2018 –  Presence is a professional, international, annual print journal published by Dr. Mary Ann B. Miller of the Dept. of English, Caldwell University.  Dr. Miller was delighted to learn that Poetry Daily has selected an interview from Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry 2018 as its prose feature for the week of July 23.

The selection, titled “Poetry, Place, and Prophesy: An Interview with John F. Deane,” was conducted by Michael P. Murphy, director of the Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Tradition at Loyola University Chicago.  John F. Deane is founder of Poetry Ireland, Ireland’s national poetry society.

In the interview, Deane discusses how poetry must be “grounded” in a particular “place” so that our senses can become alert to the presence of the Spirit operating in the world.  Listening for this presence “active within yet working through suffering, loss” can be the “basis for optimism . . . even in eras of great troubles, man-made and natural.”

Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetryis a venue for publication of poetry written by authors whose work is informed by the Catholic faith, as well as interviews, book reviews, and essays.

Dr. Miller teaches a Journal Editing class each fall at Caldwell where students are involved in the production of the journal.

To read the interview on Poetry Daily go to

The next submission period for poems for Presence will be August 1 – October 1, 2018.

To read more about Presence and submission guidelines go to: