Conversations, VOLUME 8

Meet the ERB Interns!



We have two interns this summer that are helping with the work of the ERB, and we are pleased to introduce them to you here:

Joe Krall (pictured on the right above) will be a senior at the University of Indianapolis studying mathematics and philosophy. Having lived on the south side of Indianapolis for 11 years, he still confuses people with his Wisconsin accent. In college, Joe has given tours, worked as a resident assistant, edited a dissertation, presented on Aristotle, played worship music, helped lead chapel services, and stayed up too late. He enjoys teaching, good conversation, listening to and making music, reading all kinds of books, and walking (preferably with a friend or a dog). Part of Joe’s vocation is the study of Scripture and theology, and he is committed to making theological reflection accessible, concrete, and grounded in the love of Christ and His world. For this reason, he is excited to intern with the Englewood Review of Books and participate in its mission: providing resources for God’s community as we participate in “the reconciliation of all things.”

Joe is managing most of the work of our Thrifty Christian Reader website this summer. He also will be writing for the ERB occasionally this summer (watch for a review from him tomorrow!), and will be helping with various tech jobs that need to get done around here.


Sarah Lyons (pictured on the left above) will be a senior at Taylor University, a small Christian school located in the Midwest. Though it may be almost entirely isolated from civilization, it boasts of beauty in the form of burning sunsets over fields of corn and wildflowers. Sarah is working to finish up her degree in English, concentrating in Creative Writing, and plans to eventually try out all of her options in the field—writing, teaching, editing, and publishing.

As editing and publishing is currently what she’s been the most passionate about for the longest amount of time, Sarah is excited to be interning for The Englewood Review of Books this summer. She is looking forward to expanding her skillset and grasping at a better understanding of social media marketing, the processes of copyediting, and much more (though her father jokes that she will mostly be best at the ‘critique’ part of literature review). Sarah will also be writing occasionally for the ERB website this summer, including a creative list that will run here tomorrow.

C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at:

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