Philip Zaleski 

Philip Zaleski is the author of many books on religion and culture, including The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings (Best Book of the Year, MLA Conference on Christianity and Literature) and Prayer: A History (New York Times Notable Book), both co-authored with his wife, Carol Zaleski.  He also created and edited the long-running annual literary and religious anthology, The Best Spiritual Writing. He has taught at Wesleyan University, Tufts University, and Smith College and is currently a research associate in Smith’s Department of Religion. When away from desk and classroom, he is an oblate of the contemplative Roman Catholic Benedictine community of St. Mary’s Monastery in northwest Massachusetts.