Ken Bennett

Fred Bahnson

Fred Bahnson is the author of Soil & Sacrament (Simon & Schuster), about which Bill McKibben wrote, “This book is profoundly, beautifully down to earth, which is almost certainly where we all need to spend more time on a planet in crisis.” His essays have appeared in Harper’s, Oxford American, Emergence, Orion, The Sun, Image, and Best American Spiritual Writing 2007 and his writing awards include a W.K. Kellogg Food & Society fellowship and a North Carolina Artist fellowship in creative nonfiction from the NC Arts Council. He is founding director of the Food, Health, and Ecological Well-being Program at the Wake Forest University School of Divinity, and he is at work on a new book of literary nonfiction on contemplative responses to the climate crisis. Bahnson's essay "On the Road With Thomas Merton," published in Emergence magazine, won a 2020 Wilbur Award for Best Magazine Article—All Markets (single article, series of articles, religion page). The annual award is given by the Religion Communicators Council.

Festival Years: 2014, 2020, 2021