Robert Hudson

In third grade Bob knew that books would be his life—reading them, writing them, and making them. He studied literature and languages, eventually earning a master’s degree in comparative literature. He has been a teacher, a bookstore clerk, a journal editor, a translator, a book designer, a proofreader, a small-press publisher, a writer, and he has certificates in bookbinding and hand printing. He worked for over thirty years as an editor for Zondervan, a division of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, until his retirement in 2018. He is a founding member of the West Michigan Thomas Merton Society and serves on the board of the Calvin College Center for Faith and Writing.

He is the author of The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style, 4th Edition (2016)—a volume that has become a standard reference in Christian publishing. He has cowritten two books and, thanks to Credo Communications, has signed contracts for four others, including Four Birds of Noah: A Prayer Book from the Time of Shakespeare (Eerdmans 2017). His articles and poetry have appeared in Christianity Today, The Other Side, The Mennonite, The Seneca Review, Mars Hill Review, and other magazines and journals. For four years he blogged for and edited their online newsletter. He is also author of a volume of poems titled Kiss the Earth When You Pray: The Father Zosima Poems (Apocryphile Press 2016). The Monk’s Record Player: Thomas Merton, Bob Dylan, and the Perilous Summer of 1966 (Eerdmans 2018) is Bob’s most recent book.

Bob and his wife, Shelley, play fiddle and banjo, respectively, in an old-time Southern string band called Gooder’n Grits. They play for barn dances and festivals throughout West Michigan. They also operate the Perkipery Press, a small chapbook publisher. They have three daughters: Abbie, Molly, and Lili.


Most Recent Project: The Poet and the Fly: Seven Writers on the Fathomless Mysteries of God (Fortress 2020)


Represented by Tim Beals