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The Rubem Alves Award for Theopoetics


Rubem Alves, Wikimedia Commons

Rubem Alves

Named in honor of the Brazilian educator, theologian, and author, the Rubem Alves Award for Theopoetics is given by the Association for Theopoetics Research and Exploration (ATRE) to acknowledge the contributions of an emerging thinker, scholar, artist, and/or activist whose work reflects a commitment to the role of imagination and aesthetics in theological or religious reflection. Particular interest is given to those applicants under 40 years of age whose work has had significant engagement with education, youth, and/or the importance of bodies and embodiment. Successful nominees will demonstrate a commitment to a specific community in which they have encouraged growth and spiritual nourishment associated with creative practices aimed at liberation, solidarity, and freedom. This award has been directly and decidedly established in the wake of Alves’s life and influence.

The 2017 recipient of the Award is Tevyn East of Holy Fool Arts.

Tevyn East

East’s work includes “Leaps and Bounds,” a one woman show about the intersections of faith, ecology, and our economic systems; the Carnival de Resistance, an arts-based touring eco-village demonstration project and education and outreach initiative that produces annual residencies in different parts of the United States; and the creation of Holy Fool Arts, East’s organization that “seeks to speak prophetically to the failings of our current economic and ecological paradigm and call all into the emerging paradigm of sufficiency and solidarity, cooperation and creative embodiment.”  

Tevyn with speak, perform, and receive the award at the Theopoetics Conference March 10 -11.

Questions about the award and/or the award process should be sent to Award@theopoeticsassociation.org with the subject line “Question.”