Dr. Bartel is a husband, father, writer, and educator originally from California. He holds a PhD in Divinity from the University of St. Andrews and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Seattle Pacific University. His written work has appeared in many periodicals, including Christianity and Literature, Pilgrimage, Saint Katherine Review, Relief, The Other Journal, Transpositions, and Windhover, and has recently contributed chapters to Last Things: Ends and Endings in Literature and Theology (Peter Lang, 2015) and Joss Whedon and Religion (MacFarland, 2013). He has published two collections of poems, The Martyr, the Grizzly, The Gold (Damascene Press, 2012), and Arroyos: Sijo and Other Poems (Mariscat Press, 2015), which was named a “Book of 2015” by the Scottish Poetry Library. He is one of the founding faculty members of The College at The Saint Constantine School, helping shape the writing and literature curriculum.
Timothy is as likely to be excited by a good Star Wars novel as he is great poetry, and can forward an eloquent defense of Buffy the Vampire Slayer as excellent TV. He and his wife Hope attend St. Joseph Orthodox Church with their three children: Gwen, Roman, and Nina.