97 Contributors



FRED COOPER is a quantum field theorist who was a PhD student of the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Sheldon Glashow, one of the co-inventors of the Standard Model of particle physics. He has written over 200 published papers in various physics journals and has co-authored a book, Supersymmetry and Quantum Mechanics. He has been a student of Tai Situ Rinpoche since 1981.

JOSEPHINE EVETTS-SECKER was born and educated in England, taught in Canada and trained at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich. After taking an early retirement from the University of Calagry, she now is in private practice in England. Her papers on literature and psychology have been published in various journals and she has produced books on fairy tales for Barefoot Press. She is a regular lecturer at the Jung Institute in Zurich.

JAIRAN GAHAN is currently a post-doctoral fellow at University of Toronto, where she also obtained her PhD from the department for the Study of Religion. She finished her MA in Literary and Cultural Studies at English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, India in 2010.

DANI KOPOULOS is a writer and teacher living in New York City. She received her MA in Creative Writing from New School University in New York and her BA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

LINDA H. MASTRANGELO is an author, educator, artist and psychotherapist with a private practice specializing in grief, loss and dream studies in the San Francisco Bay area. She is also an adjunct professor for the Consciousness and Transformative Studies program at John F. Kennedy University. Linda is Editor of Dream News and is Continuing Education Administrator for the International Association for the Study of Dreams.

JAWID MOJADDEDI is Professor of Religion at Rutgers University. Among other writings, he has translated four volumes of Rumi’s Masnavi for Oxford World’s Classics.

CHARA NELSON is COO for The Storydancer Project, serving girls, women, families, indigenous communities, and those suffering from illness and trauma.

ALIREZA NURBAKHSH received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He lives in London, where he works as a solicitor and is the editor of SUFI. Upon the death of his father in October, 2008, he became Master of the Nimatullahi Sufi Order.

MARY LANE POTTER, PhD University of Chicago, MFA in Creative Writing, is the author of the novel A Woman of Salt and Strangers and Sojourners: Stories from the Lowcountry, as well as books and essays on Calvin, theology, and spirituality. Her spiritual autobiography, Seeking God and Losing the Way: A Story of Love and Conversions, focuses on women’s experiences, conversion, and mysticism.




CHRIS ELLERY is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Elder Tree and The Big Mosque of Mercy, which include poems based on his encounters with Sufis in Syria. He is co-translator with Asmahan Sallah of Whatever Happened to Antara, a collection of short stories by award-winning Syrian writer Walid Ikhlassi.

CHRIS HOFFMAN is an ecopsychologist, poet, and author of three books of poetry: Cairns, Realization Point and On the Way. His poetry has appeared in national publications including Appalachia, and The Christian Science Monitor.

ANTONIO MACHADO (1875-1939) was a Spanish poet and one of the leading figures of the Spanish literary movement known as the Generation of ‘98. His work evolved from an intimate form of symbolism towards a style characterised by an engagement with humanity on one side and an almost Taoist contemplation of existence on the other.

JAVAD NURBAKHSH (d. 2008) was the Master of the Nimatullahi Sufi Order for over 55 years prior to his death at the age of 82. Under his guidance the Order expanded greatly with new centers being opened in cities throughout Iran, Europe, North America, Africa, Mexico and Australia. In addition to bringing the teachings of Nimatullahi Sufism to the West and other parts of the world, Dr. Nurbakhsh also wrote extensively on Sufism and was responsible for the editing, publication and translation of many classic Sufi texts that had existed previously only in manuscript form.

ROBERT STERNAU is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, where he majored in Creative Writing and Religious Literature. He works in the printing /publishing industry and runs an online rare book business in New York State.



JOEL ARMSTRONG is an editor with Kregel Publications, an independent publisher in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His work has appeared in Clues: A Journal of Detection and The Hemingway Review. Armstrong has been using the sonnet form to wrestle with and give structure to questions and intuitions he has had about the gradual, compassionate, lifelong waking up that he typically calls spirituality.



JEEYOUNG LEE is a South Korean visual artist. She graduated from Hongik University in Seoul and received the Sovereign Art Prize in 2012. Her photographs are held in the Kyoto Photographic Museum in Japan, the Incheon Foundation for Art and Culture, and Seoul’s OCI Museum. Lee is known for her surreal images, which she creates by physically transforming her studio space into intricate and imaginative dreamscapes using hand-constructed props and then photographing them without digital manipulation. Lee currently exhibits at the Opiom Gallery in France.



Bottom photos left to right: FRED COOPER, JOEL ARMSTRONG, JEEYOUNG LEE