About Me (The Short Version)
My name is Leslie Maxwell Kaiura and I am a progressive Christian, feminist, tattooed, LGBTQ-affirming, craft-beer and bourbon enthusiast mom, wife, and Spanish professor. I am also an amateur theologian of sorts, an aspiring novelist, and a fan of blues, folk rock, and other genres of music. I am originally from south Georgia and I value my southern, Christian roots although I have evolved greatly in my understanding of Christianity, culture, and the relationship between the two. For more about my background and beliefs, you can read my Spiritual Autobiography (The Long Version).
I have a Ph.D. in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Virginia, and I have been on the foreign language faculty of an Alabama university since 2007. I am also a member of the Women’s and Gender Studies faculty, and I combine my interest in feminism and literature in my scholarly work, which focuses on gender ideology and violence against women in late nineteenth and early twentieth-century Spanish culture and literature. I have traveled in Mexico and Spain, and I teach Spanish language, literature, and culture, and international cinema.
About Prone to wander . . . Lured by grace
As a reader, writer, and scholar, I spend a lot of my time thinking, and as the blog title suggests, my thoughts have always been prone to wander, from the shallow to the deep, from the center to the fringe, from the tame to the wild. I intend for this blog to be mostly about my reflections on culture from a progressive Christian and feminist perspective; however, I am sure it will wander here and there. Theology. Justice. Feminism. Motherhood. Relationships. Music. Beer. Intersections of all of the above. There may even be a little fiction and some guest posts now and then. But no matter what direction my thoughts roam, the one thing that brings me back to my foundation, and that I hope permeates everything that I write and do, is my profound experience of God’s grace. Ann Lamott wrote, “I do not understand the mystery of grace–only that it meets us where we are and does not leave us where it found us.” I hope that grace seeps through in what I write and what I do as I seek to meet the world where it is, but not leave it that way.