Fu Jen Catholic University Fourth International Conference on Literature and Religion: Visions of the Spiritual in Contemporary Literature

Profiles of Featured Writers

Lee Chiao

Lee Chiao was born in 1943, Miao-li, Taiwan. He had been a teacher for 28 years and now serves as the Head of Taiwan Pen, the President of the Anti-Superstition Association, and a National Policy Advisor. His publications include short stories, novels, essays, poems and translations. His novel, Winter Night, is recognized as his masterpiece.

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Ogawa Kunio

Ogawa Kunio was born in 1927, Shizuoka County, Japan. During his teenage years, he became interested in literature and Christianity and was baptized a Catholic in 1947. He has published over 100 books and is a winner of several awards, including the Kawabata Yasunari Prize in Literature (1986), and the Yomiuri Prize in Literature (1998).

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Didier Rimaud

Didier Rimaud, SJ, born in 1922 in Carnac, Morbihan, France, joined the Society of Jesus in 1941 and was ordained a priest in 1955. Currently, he is a member of the National Center of Liturgy in Paris. Since 1952, he has been working on the renewal of French Catholic liturgy. After the Second Vatican Council, he began to write about the liturgy and the Psalms. His main publications include Les Arbes dans la mer (The Tree in the Ocean, 1975), La prairie de Genese et autres contes (The Pasture in Genesis and Other Fairy Tales, 1999), and Jour apres jour¡XPsaumes (Day after day, the Psalms, 2000). Also, he has written the lyrics of more than 30 songs.

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John P. McNamee

Fr. John P. McNamee is a native of Philadelphia, where he has served as a parish priest in the poorer neighborhoods for more than 25 years. His efforts on behalf of the poor include bringing back a Catholic Worker House to Philadelphia and organizing the Catholic Peace Fellowship. His poems and writings have appeared in numerous journals and newspapers. His work, Diary of a City Priest, is a diary of a man trying to live his religious faith while dealing with the harsh realities of urban America.