Luci Shaw (born 1928) is a Christian poet.
Shaw studied at Wheaton College, Illinois and is now Writer in Residence at Regent College, Vancouver. She lectures on art and spirituality, the Christian imagination, poetry-writing, and journaling as an aid to artistic and spiritual growth.
She has published ten volumes of poetry (several still in print) and numerous non-fiction books, and has edited and collaborated on multiple other works, including several with Madeleine L'Engle. Her poems are widely anthologized. Shaw usually works in free verse, and typically her poems are quite short, less than a page. Nevertheless, in tone and content, she affiliates most readily with the transcendental poets, often finding in natural details and themes the touch of the eternal or other-worldly.
Shaw married Harold Shaw, and had five children. Harold died of cancer in 1986, and in 1991 Luci married John Hoyte. She and Hoyte are members of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Bellingham, Washington.
Use in music
A number of Shaw's works have been set to music, by a variety of composers:
- Alan Cline used "God in the Dark" as the basis for a cantata.
- Knut Nystedt (Norwegian composer) did a setting for "Mary's Song", sung and recorded by the Elektra Choir of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and appears on their album, Child of Grace.
- Alice Parker set three of Shaw's poems for a song cycle.
- Frederick Frahm composed settings for solo and choir for three of Shaw's poems, "Star Song," "Down He Came From Up," and "Heart Stable."
- Ed Henderson (Canadian) composed a choral setting for "Star Song".
- Roland Fudge (English) composed a choral setting for "One", "Celestial Light", and "Steadfast Taper".
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- Stiles, Peter (2010). "Luci Shaw (1928-)". The Encyclopedia of Christian Literature, Volume 1. Scarecrow Press. pp. 559–560.