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Amber Koneval

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Amber Koneval is a twenty-something in Denver, Colorado, who has a double B.A. in English and Religious Studies.
She has been published in more than thirty different journals, both in print and online.

Her first collection of poetry, 'Drunk Dialing the Divine', was released November 12, 2012 from eLectio publishing. In 2013, she received the 2013 Doxa Award in Poetry from the Nebraska Christian College. In 2014, her poem 'Word Sexual' was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Stepping Stones Magazine. Upon graduation, she was awarded the Edward L. Maginnis, S.J. Award for most creative scholarship in religious studies.

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Amber Koneval It comes from a poem in the collection of the same name, which is a reflection on this specific moment. A friend of mine called me super late at…moreIt comes from a poem in the collection of the same name, which is a reflection on this specific moment. A friend of mine called me super late at night, drunk off his rocker, in fairly standard booty-call style. But instead of saying the typical drunk-kid stuff, he just begged me over and over to pray for him. To talk to God for him, to help him talk to God.
Which got me to thinking a lot about the nature of vulnerability and how it plays in with our relationship with God- was this kid the worst kind of sinner because he was obviously not living a 'holy' life, or was he more on the way to holiness than a lot of the pew-warmers I knew because he was willing to cry out to God any way he could when he was at his lowest?
The collection 'Drunk Dialing the Divine' hinges on that kind of tension, that kind of feeling. It's not a collection that comes from a place of calmness- each poem comes from a place of chaos, of longing, of anger or a sense of abandonment, and struggles, really fights, for a sense of peace and God's grace. When I'm struggling with my faith, when I'm deep in a dark night of the soul, I kind of feel like that kid who called me at 3 a.m.- disoriented, lost, desperate and jumbled. I'm searching for anything, anyone, who can help guide me out of that place and at the same time God is reaching out to help direct me to the people, to the experiences, that will best help me with that.
So it's a collection for all those times that I felt like I was drunk dialing God with all of my baggage. It's my hope that it can be relateable to those who have gone through the same things. It's a kind of roundabout love letter for God, as well as a kind of 'it's okay. you're not alone' letter to those who've felt like they are lesser Christians when their lives, when their faith, gets messy. (less)
Amber Koneval With poetry, I let it be. If I'm not feeling the need to write verse, I won't. This can lead to weeks, months going by without any new poetic…moreWith poetry, I let it be. If I'm not feeling the need to write verse, I won't. This can lead to weeks, months going by without any new poetic material- but I've made my own peace with that. (less)
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“I will take the sun in my mouth
and leap into the ripe air
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-'Poet Prophets”
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