Whether we are poets or parents or teachers or artists or gardeners, we must start where we are and use what we have. In the process of creation and relationship, what seems mundane and trivial may show itself to be a holy, precious part of a pattern.

Luci Shaw

Biographical Information

Luci Shaw
Birthplace: London, England
Birth date: 12-29-1928
Naturalized U.S. citizen: Spring, 1995


Elementary schools in England, Australia and Canada
High school: Branksome Hall Girl’s School, Toronto, Canada. Graduated 1948
College: Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL, B.A. 1953 magna cum laude Major: English Literature; Minor: New Testament Greek


Husband: Harold Shaw, deceased 1-30-1986. Married John M. Hoyte 1-4-1991
Children: Robin (Schramer), Marian (Kussro), John Shaw, M.D., Jeffrey, Kristin,
seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren

Professional Experience

Tutored Greek to private pupils 1953-55
Free-lance editor and English stylist for Moody Press, InterVarsity Press 1953-56
Managing Editor, Journal of the Christian Medical Society, 1968-69
English stylist for The Living Bible, 1968-69
Vice-president/Senior editor, Harold Shaw Publishers, 1968-86
President, Harold Shaw Publishers, 1986-93
Senior Editor, Harold Shaw Publishers, 1994—2000
Contributing Editor to For the Time Being, 1971-78, Radix, 1984—, Poetry Editor, Radix, 1992—, Poetry Editor, Crux, 1993—
Writer in residence (adjunct faculty), Regent College, Vancouver, 1988—
Adjunct Faculty, New College Berkeley, 1993—
English stylist, The Message: Psalms, and The Message: the Books of Wisdom,
NavPress, 1994-96
English stylist for gender-neutral language, the Committee on Bible Translation, Today’s New International Version, 1993-94

Church Affiliation

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Bellingham, WA., Lay Leader, Lay Eucharistic Visitor, lector, choir member, member healing prayer team.

Associations, Memberships

Elected to Wheaton College Scholastic Honor Society at graduation, 1953; Board
of Directors, 1973-79, President, 1976-79.
Member, Steering Committee, The Wade Collection (works of C. S. Lewis, et
al.), Wheaton College, 1980-1991
Member, Board of Directors, Wheaton Alumni Association, 1978-81
Member, Board of Directors, Living Bibles International (U.S.), 1986-91
Charter Member, The Chrysostom Society of Christian Writers, 1986—
Vice President, 1997—2000
President, 2010—
Member, The Authors’ Guild, 1987—
Visiting Fellow, The Milton Center, Friends University, 1987
Member, Board of Trustees, The Chicago Sunday Evening Club, 1988-91
Member, Advisory Board, Christians in the Arts Networking, 1990-91
Member, Board of Directors, Image, Journal of Arts and Religion, 1989—
Chair, 2001—2006
Member, Advisory Board, Christian International Students Foundation, 1989—2013
Member, Board of Governors, Regent College, Vancouver, 1991—2000, 2001—2006
Executive Committee, 1998—2000, 2003—2006
Presidential Search Committee 1999—2000
Member, International Board of Directors, International Bible Society, 1992-1999
Advisory Board, 2002—2006
Member, Board of Directors, Radix, magazine of Christian arts and culture,
1993—2003, Chair, 1998—2003, Poetry Editor, 1990—
Member, Board of Trustees, Women at the Well, Inc., 1993—2003
Stylistic consultant, Committee on Bible Translation (NIV revision), 1993, 1994
Stylistic consultant, The Message: The Psalms, and The Message: The Books of
, Eugene Peterson, NavPress, 1994-95
Chaplain, Seattle Pacific University, MFA in Creative Writing


Wheaton College Alumna of the Year, 2003, for Distinguished Service to Society.
Denise Levertov Award for Creative Writing in the Judeo-Christian Tradition, 2013

Media Exposure

Poetry read frequently on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac
Poetry read on National Television (CBS) in Canada, and on Thames Television
in England.
Interviews on The Seven Hundred Club, 100 Huntley Street, Channel 38’s Chicago, Pressure Points, The Chicago Sunday Evening Club, and frequent guest on radio programs such as Chapel of the Air, Prime Time America, Open Line, Mid-Day Connection, Guideposts Radio Magazine, Morning Cheer, Dick Staub Show
Luci Shaw’s papers, correspondence, manuscripts, first editions of published works, Board Member emerita, IMAGE Journal and other archival materials are being collected at the Buswell Library, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, in The Luci Shaw Collection

Related Activities

Presenter, Eco-flourishing Author Symposium, Yosemite, CA
Poetry workshop leader, and journal workshop leader at numerous writers conferences and creative arts festivals internationally
Retreat leader for churches and other groups, including the Regent College Faculty Retreat and Regent Summer School Prayer Retreats
Lecturer on topics such as poetry, reflective journal writing, the creative process, the Christian imagination, the poetry of C. S. Lewis, art and spirituality, the art of friendship (public dialogs with Madeleine L’Engle) at colleges in the U.S. and abroad
Chapel speaker at Gordon College, Covenant College (TN), Olivet Nazarene College, Wheaton College, Wheaton Graduate School of Communications, George Fox College, Geneva College, Regent College, Trinity College (Deerfield), Trinity Western University (Langley, BC), Judson College, Eastern College, Azusa Pacific College, Whitworth College, King College (TN), Dordt College, Biola University, Calvin College, John Brown University, Pepperdine University, Pt. Loma Nazarene College
Special Convocation Speaker at Wheaton College, Friends University, Bethel College, Associated Mennonite Brethren Seminaries, Regent College, Newman University, Gordon-Conwell Seminary (Ockenga Institute)
The Geneva Lecture, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Staley Lecturer, Whitworth College, King College
Keynote speaker, Vision New England, Oregon Christian Writers’ Conference
Judge, Conference on Christianity & Literature poetry contests, Trinity College, Deerfield, poetry and fiction contests, Radix poetry contest, Ad Lib poetry contest, Evangelical Press Association annual contest (poetry section)
Lecturer, The Pascal Lecture Series, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, 1997, The Geneva Lecture, U. of Iowa
Summer faculty member at New College Berkeley, Decision School of Writing, Andrews University, Gordon College, Regent College, Mt. Hermon School of Writing, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle University, Wheaton College Grad. School of Communications, C. S. Lewis Summer Institutes at Oxford University (Poet in Residence), and Cambridge University, worship and workshop leader at The Glen Workshop, Ghost Ranch, NM, keynoter speaker McQuarrie University, Sydney, Australia (International Poetics Conference, 1999), speaker and workshop leader, Washington Arts Group International Convocation, 2007, Presenter, with Lydia McCauley of Brimstone Music, of the music/poetry performances “Sanctuary,” and “The Green Door”