Brother Joe Hoover, S.J., is America’s poetry editor.
Arts & Culture Books
Joe Hoover, S.J.May 17, 2019
Greg Pardlo's new memoir clips quickly along and burdens the reader with almost no slow moments.
Faith Faith in Focus
Joe Hoover, S.J.May 03, 2019
Adding more words will not make Mass “better.” If you cleanly speak the words as they are, if you let them flow through you, the people in the pews may hear the Mass as they have never heard it before. You do not need to do more. It’s not about you.
Faith Faith in Focus
Joe Hoover, S.J.April 24, 2019
Entrepreneurs like Jeff Bezos talk about being “innovators” and “disrupters,” but really they are not—not in truly world-shaking ways. Imagine if they announced to the world: We are doubling the wages of our warehouse workers, increasing benefits. We are becoming, for God’s sake, a cooperative.
Arts & Culture Books
Joe Hoover, S.J.February 20, 2019
In Christian Wiman's new book, all easy answers about how spirituality informs the arts and vice versa are given fierce interrogation.
Faith Faith in Focus
Joe Hoover, S.J.February 08, 2019
People love yoga. People love the spirituality of St. Ignatius Loyola. Mash the two together, and you have created a nice, marketable concept that can sweep a bundle of folks into the arms of the Lord and/or the Society of Jesus.
Arts & Culture Books
Joe Hoover, S.J.November 02, 2018
And reading poetry, like the books in our 2018 poetry review, can be a great way to not make perfect sense of a thing, but to just be with a thing.
A man displays a sign as immigration advocates rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court Jan. 15, 2016, in Washington. (CNS photo/Michael Reynolds, EPA)
Faith Faith in Focus
Joe Hoover, S.J.September 10, 2018
He said he can’t let his feelings get in the way of this. He can’t bend the rules for one person.
Faith Faith in Focus
Joe Hoover, S.J.August 27, 2018
People do not have the time or money or energy to be angry at popes or angry at people who are angry at popes.
Arts & Culture Poetry
Joe Hoover, S.J.May 31, 2018
Nearly 1,000 poems poured in this year for America’s annual Foley Poetry Contest from writers of all ages.
Jim Caviezel as Luke and James Faulkner as Paul are seen in the film "Paul, Apostle of Christ." (CNS photo/Sony Pictures) 
Arts & Culture Film
Joe Hoover, S.J.March 23, 2018
Someone brought their newborn to a preview of ‘Paul,’ and that newborn wailed.