FORMA contemplates ancient ideas for contemporary people, both online and in print. Whether we’re reviewing a new mystery novel, sharing new original poetry, or publishing critical essays, we’re trying to determine what classical thought can offer modern mankind. We’re looking back, even if the past seems backward. We publish original essays, reviews, interviews, and poetry. And we’re hunting miscellany, seeking out the sorts of things that book-lovers love.

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Our team

Editor-in-chief - David Kern
Managing editor - Heidi White
Associate editor (reviews) - Sean Johnson
Associate editor (subscriber content) - Emily Andrews
Poetry editor - Christine Perrin
Senior editors - James Cain, Matt Bianco
Copy editor - Emily Dunnan
Associate editors - Ian Andrews, Noah Perrin

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Book reviews, interviews, poetry, and essays online and in print.


Sean Johnson

Classical teacher and administrator, Close Reads co-host, Amateur

John Wilson

John Wilson edited Books & Culture (1995-2016). He writes regularly for First Things and a range of other magazines. He is a contributing editor at the Englewood Review of Books and senior editor at Marginalia Review of Books.

James Matthew Wilson

James Matthew Wilson's most recent book of poems is The Strangeness of the Good (Angelico, 2022). He directs the MFA program in creative writing at the University of Saint Thomas, Houston

Jessica Hooten Wilson

Fletcher Jones Chair of Great Books at Pepperdine University Author of The Scandal of Holiness

Gracy Olmstead

freelance writer, baker, gardener, board game enthusiast

Heidi White

Teacher, editor, podcaster, and author. Specializes in Classical Education, literature, and the Christian imagination.

Anthony Barr

Regular Contributor (philosophy, theology)

Emily Andrews

Associate Editor

Ian Andrews

“Until I feared to lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”

David Russell Mosley

Poet and theologian living in Washington State.

Joshua Gibbs

Sophist. De-activist. Avid indoorsman.