Lecturer in Theology and Literary Arts
Dr. Hutchins teaches process theology/philosophy and courses on poetry and theological imagination. She worked as a biochemist before attending Harvard, where she twice won the Billings Preaching Prize. Ordained in the United Church of Christ, she ministered to a northern California congregation, and her interdisciplinary dissertation drew on Alfred North Whitehead and Judith Butler to read the agency and value of events through the radiance of time. Scholarly essays on the intersections of poetry, process, and queer theory appear in volumes by Ashgate, SUNY, and Columbia UP, and her poetry books are The Stranger Dissolves (2011), Radiantly We Inhabit the Air (Becker Chapbook Prize, 2010), and Collecting Light (1999), She has won The Missouri Review Editors’ Prize, The National Poetry Review’s Finch Prize, two Barbara Deming Awards, and the James Phelan Poetry Prize, and her poems appear in periodicals such as The New Republic, Antioch Review, Salmagundi, Denver Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, and Women’s Review of Books. She also works for the Disciples Seminary Foundation in Berkeley and serves as the first Poet Laureate of Albany, CA.