Reimagining American Community

Hunter Sharpless recently published an essay in Ethika Politika titled Giving Freely to the Poor. The piece was written as a response to a Federalist piece, Bring Back The Welfare Stigma, which, needless to say, argued for an attitude toward the poor which, according to Sharpless, warranted comment. We invited him to the Soap Box to do just that.

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About the guest:

Hunter Sharpless is an essayist from the state of Texas. He is the author of the forthcoming book Song of the Fool: On the Road with Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers, a memoir that chronicles his time touring America in 2009. The work will be published with Resource Publications, an imprint of Wipf and Stock. His personal essays on travel, religion, and sports have been featured in spirituality blogs like Good Letters, an Image Journal publication, and online magazines like Whole Beast Rag. A graduate of the University of Iowa with a BA in English-Literature, he is now in the process of earning his MFA in nonfiction writing at the University of Minnesota. Hunter is hard at work on what will eventually be his second book, Sodom and Madonna, a collection of linked essays conflating travel literature and historical preoccupation, spiritual growth and crippling doubt.

About the Author
Daniel Schwindt is Editor-in-chief at Solidarity Hall. He hails from the plains of central Kansas, a cultural navel of the world, and from there hurls his literary lighting bolts far and wide. His writings include Letter to my Generation: On Identity, Direction, and Disbelief, The Pursuit of Sanity, and Holocaust of the Childlike.