About Brook

Paradise Lust is Brook Wilensky-Lanford’s first book. Her essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, the New Yorker books blog, The Guardian, The New Republic and elsewhere. Brook holds a PhD in Religion in the Americas from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (learn more about that here), a B.A. from Wesleyan University in Theater and Religion, and an M.F.A. in Nonfiction Writing from Columbia University, where she won a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship funded by the National Endowment of the Arts. She is the former managing editor of acclaimed online literary magazine Killing the Buddha, and has taught creative and academic writing The City University of New York, The New School for Design; and the University of California Berkeley Online Extension. She lives in Chapel Hill with her husband and two cats. Find her on Twitter here.

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  • Back to the Garden: Bringing Visitors to American Edens, 1885-1956 in The Bible And Global Tourism (T&T Clark/Bloomsbury, 2021)
  • How To Talk To ‘Nones’ and Influence People: Rob Bell’s Transrational Experience in The God Beat: What Journalism Has to Say About Faith and Why It Matters (Broadleaf Books, 2021)
  • Mark Twain’s Heaven ‘On A Liberal Plan’: Racial Anxiety at the Pearly Gates in American Examples: New Conversations About Religion, Volume 2 (University of Alabama Press, 2022)


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