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Phyllis Tickle: Her Life and Works: Home

This libguide gives biographical information on Phyliis Tickle, a respected religious scholar. It also includes information on her written and filmed works in our library's collection

Phyllis Tickle




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About Phyllis Tickle

An authority on religion in America, Tickle was the retired founding editor of the religion department of Publishers Weekly, the international journal of the publishing industry. She single-handedly changed the way religion publishing was covered by the magazine, and thus, how it was perceived by mainstream media. She left an indelible stamp on the industry.


Tickle was a consultant and advisor to many publishers, and a mentor and friend to countless people. “I was a beneficiary of her goodness on this score for years, and from the stories I hear, there must be hundreds of us Tickle protégées out there,” writes Jana Riess, Religion News Service columnist and a former member of Publishers Weekly’s “Team Religion.”


A writer, poet, book publisher, and journalist, Tickle was also the author of nearly forty books including The Divine Hours series and The Great Emergence. A literary trust has been formed for the purposes of guiding the use of Phyllis’s work in the years to come. This trust is comprised of Joseph Durepos, Phyllis’s longtime friend and literary agent, Jon M. Sweeney, another of Phyllis’s longtime friends in publishing who is also currently researching and writing her biography, and Sam Tickle, Jr., her son.


The Phyllis A. Tickle Award in Poetry will continue Phyllis’s legacy of nurturing writers. Phyllis’s wish was that any gifts, in lieu of flowers, be sent to Paraclete Press to help fund this new award. Established to honor their longtime friend, advisor, and member of their editorial board, the Paraclete award will be given every other year, starting in 2016, to a poet unpublished in volume form. The award will provide for the publication of the recipient’s first book of poems.

Taken from her website.