Jay Parini is a poet, a novelist, and the Axinn Professor of English at Middlebury College. His many novels include The Damascus Road, a novel about the life of Saint Paul; The Last Station, which was made into an Academy Award-nominated movie in 2010; and Benjamin’s Crossing, a New York Times Notable Book of 1997. His books on Christianity include Jesus: The Human Face of God (2013) and The Way of Jesus: Living a Spiritual and Ethical Life (2017). A pioneer in the genre of biographical fiction, Parini has written well-known biographies of John Steinbeck, Robert Frost, and others. He has won numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Chicago Tribune-Heartland Award in non-fiction.