Angela Doll Carlson

finder of intersections between east & west, sea & sky, toil & triumph, plumbing & parenting... nearly orthodox, fully human


Recent Books


The Wilderness Journal
365 Days with the Philokalia

The Philokalia - a collection of the best writings from Orthodox spiritual masters across many centuries - is a treasure trove of direction for the spiritual life. But it can be overwhelming at first glance. Popular author and podcaster Angela Doll Carlson set herself the mission of reading through The Philokalia in a year and journaling about the thoughts it called up in her. The result is a thoughtful, inspiring daily devotional that introduces new readers to this great spiritual classic and helps us apply the wisdom of the ages to a layperson's life in the modern world.

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Garden in the East: The Spiritual Life of the Body

"Garden in the East: The Spiritual Life of the Body" is an exploration of the concept that our bodies are not machines, but rather, gardens, in need of our care. Our spiritual life informs this care.

How do we best navigate this culture that too often gives us disordered messages about this body and spirit care?


Nearly Orthodox

Nearly Orthodox: On Being a Modern Woman in an Ancient Tradition

From Catholic schoolgirl to punk rocker to emergent church planter, Angela Doll Carlson travelled a spiritual path that in many ways mirrors that of a whole generation. She takes us with her on a deep and revealing exploration of the forces that drove her toward Orthodoxy and the challenges that long kept her from fully entering in.


Missives: letters to a friend

"Can you remember the last letter you received? Can you recall the feel of the paper against your fingertips, the sound of the pages turning, the slant of the cursive? The book you hold in your hands is a series of letters. They were written for you. They were written for desperate times and secret celebrations. They were written for days when the deep dark circled your head, for moments ripe for encouragement. They were written when you did not know how to feel when you were too tired to dream when you were in need."

"Missives: Letters to a friend" is a compilation of compliments, a word of encouragement, a moment upon which to meditate. Taken from the popular postings at each "missive" harbours its own particular wisdom and endeavours to meet you on the long, dusty road with a glass of water.

My Events

I’d love it if you attended one of my upcoming events. These include book signings for my latest releases, workshops, lectures, and so much more. No matter whether you’ve read my work or not, I guarantee you’ll enjoy yourself and have a wonderful experience. See what’s coming up next and subscribe to my newsletter to never miss a beat.

October 8, 2016

Reading: Chicago Voices Series

The Book Cellar
4736-38 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
Come for an evening of poetry and fiction featuring local Chicago contributors to Bird's Thumb!
I'll be reading a flash piece called, "A Sailor's Song" alongside some amazing and talented Chicago folks. Come on out!

Bird's Thumb

October 28th & 29th, 2016

Indiana Faith & Writing Conference

Join me for two workshops at this year's Indiana Faith & Writing conference-
It's Not You, It's me:
On handling rejection

Writing the Journey: Conversion Stories

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January 2017

Book Release Party: Garden in the East

Please join us to celebrate the release of my latest book, "Garden in the East: the Spiritual Life of the Body!

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Hot off the Press

As a writer, I’m honored to have had the opportunity to have my work published in some remarkable places.
Check out a sampling of my recently published articles below and get in touch for more.


The Caring Bridge


Lessons in Shiplap

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A Sailor's Song

Cafe Window

A Bit About Me

Angela Doll Carlson is a poet, fiction writer and essayist whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in Thin Air Magazine, Apeiron Review, The Cresset, Eastern Iowa Review, St. Katherine Review, Rock and Sling, Elephant Journal, "Good Letters," Ruminate Magazine Blog and Art House America.

Her memoir, "Nearly Orthodox: On Being a Modern Woman in an Ancient Tradition" was published in 2014 by Ancient Faith Publishing followed by, "Garden in the East" in 2016 and "The Wilderness Journal" in 2018.


Angela is the Managing Editor of The St. Katherine Review where she delights in discovering and empowering new writers and established writers.


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