Fred Bahnson

Environmental, Memoir, Spirituality, Journalism

Fred Bahnson, an essayist living in southwest Montana, explores questions of belief and belonging, and how those ancient human yearnings are brought into sharp relief in our current era. The author of Soil & Sacrament, his essays and journalism have been published in Harper’sOxford American, Emergence, Notre Dame MagazineThe Sun, and Image, and his work has been anthologized in Best American Spiritual Writing and Best American Travel Writing. Bahnson has received awards from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a W.K. Kellogg Food & Society Policy Fellowship, and an Artist Fellowship in creative nonfiction from the North Carolina Arts Council. 

He has also collaborated with director Jeremy Seifert on a number of documentary films. With Seifert, he wrote and produced "Horizons," a tribute to the writer Barry Lopez, and recently co-directed "The Forest Beyond," a film about a young Shipibo woman's journey to find the retreating edge of her ancestral forests in the Peruvian Amazon. Bahnson is currently the executive director of the National Center for Appropriate Technology. 

Festival Years: 2014, 2024