Author Archives: James Goldberg

About James Goldberg

James Goldberg's family is Jewish on one side, Sikh on the other, and Mormon in the middle. Goldberg co-edits the Everyday Mormon Writer literary website, teaches composition and creative writing courses at BYU, and blogs at Mormon Midrashim. His debut novel, The Five Books of Jesus, was published in September 2012.

The Burden of Fatherhood

On Sunday, we celebrate men who carry the burden of fatherhood. But ...

Consecration Question

First Confession: I'm a consecration story junkie. I have a soft spot ...

What Do You Contribute to Mormon Culture?

We all agree that there's a difference between the gospel and ...

Part 6: In Which I Finally Get to Gay Marriage

This essay is the sixth and final in a series about Gay ...

Part 5: What is Marriage?

This essay is the fifth in a series about Gay Marriage and ...

Part 4: Why Does a Word Matter?

This essay is the fourth in a series about Gay Marriage and ...

Part 3: Gay Rights in Our Time and Place

This essay is the third in a series about Gay Marriage and ...

Part 2: American Assumptions about Orientation and Identity

This essay is the second in a series about Gay Marriage ...

Gay Marriage and Proposition 8, Part 1

Next month, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments about the ...

Three questions from the 1964 Freedom Summer

A few days ago, my brother made the observation that Americans ...

Mary and Christmas

It's getting cold outside, where I live. The nights are getting ...

A Book of Mormon Poem

I love the Bible, which speaks to all the seasons of ...

Poem: and when that morning comes

when elijah abel raises brigham young from the dead he'll put his ...

A Vote That Matters

Every community has beliefs that, though ridiculous from a strictly rational ...

A poem

When we first saw the dust they'd use to make our ...

Four Centuries Contest Discussion: “Ruby’s Gift”

What has Mormon life looked like over the past two hundred ...

A Tale of Two Frames

Let's say we encounter a carefully crafted piece of language--whether it's ...

Ghazal

My grandfather, Gurcharan Singh Gill, is the kind of grounded, giving ...