I am a doctoral student in Yale’s Religious Studies department interested in gay literature and Christian theology, expected to graduate in 2025

Lacey Jones and I organize Literature and Religion at Yale (LAR@Y), a working group that holds monthly discussions and will host conferences on new methods in religion and literature

Yale Divinity School, MAR in Religion and Literature, 2018

Berkeley Divinity School, certificate in Anglican Studies, 2018

Yale’s Institute of Sacred Music, certificate, 2018

Seattle Pacific University, BA in English Literature, 2015

during college, I spent two terms at Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford

“John Rechy’s Sodomites” (forthcoming from Literature and Theology)

other thoughts stewing:
* on the negative affects of gay dating/hookup apps in relation to narratives of the destruction of gay space (a continuation of the Rechy project)
* on what it means to do theology “for the church” in relation to interdisciplinary work and queer subjects in light of churchly boundaries
* on PrEP, HIV testing, the contemporary poetry of HIV/AIDS, gay discourses of death, and fictions of invulnerability

presentations to date:
“Narrating the Genre of HIV/AIDS Poetry,” HIV/AIDS in the 21st Century: Memorialisation, Representation, and Temporality, University of Manchester, UK, January 17, 2020.

“Entering Sodom,” Gay Men and Religion Unit, American Academy of Religion, San Diego, CA, November 23, 2019.

“you are of me, that’s what: Frank O’Hara, Fertility, and the Future,” Yale Institute of Sacred Music colloquium presentation, New Haven, CT, March 1, 2017.

  • awarded the Students’ Choice for Best Colloquium Prize
  • Christian Wiman called it “one of the best [colloquium presentations] I have seen in a while…. quite moving”
  • Peter Hawkins called it a “tour de force…. one of the finest explications de textes I can recall”

I was awarded the Arksey Prize by the English faculty of Seattle Pacific University for the best critical essay by a student in 2015

my thesis on Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited and Jeanette Winterson’s Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit was awarded a de Jager Prize by the faculty of Scholarship and Christianity in Oxford (SCIO)


During college, I used the blog portion of this website to share personal essays, poetry, and, thoughts on current events. The blog, these dated clouds, has now been archived.

I recently started an online project that will explore some of the topics mentioned above:

twitter: @samuel_ernest