Alvin Thomas Ethington (B.A. With Highest Honors, Oberlin College, 1979; M. Div. With Honors, Yale University, 1983) is a noted teacher, writer, and reviewer. He has taught at Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga, California and Triton College, River Grove, Illinois.
He is a staged playwright, a published author, and a professional reviewer and has been paid to review works (e. g., he reviewed Mary Jo Weaver's widely used college textbook Introduction to Christianity, second edition, and is thanked in the third edition.) His poem "haiku (empty chair)" is on the audio tour of The Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, California, Poets on Site Tour. He edited and wrote the Prologue to Pieces of Her Mind, a book of senryu, kyoka, and haiga, by eighteen women authors. His haiku "l'opalescence" won the third prize of 250 Euros (over $300) in the French category of the 18th Feile Filiochta 2006 International Poetry Competition and was published in the 18TH ANNUAL FEILE FILIOCHTA INTERNATIONAL POETRY COMPETITION booklet.
He specializes in languages, culture, and religion. He has substituted for the Greek instructor at California State University at Fullerton and has tutored Biblical Hebrew. He defines himself primarily as a Southern writer (although he grew up in Arizona), secondarily as an Anglican (Episcopal) writer, and, if pushed, will identify some, but definitely not all of his work, as for a gay and lesbian audience.
POEMS BY ALVIN T. ETHINGTON