Abraham Fields

Leslie Leyland Fields

Journalism, Memoir, Spirituality

Leslie Leyland Fields feels like she spends half her life in a middle airplane seat. Either there, or rooted in two (nearly roadless) islands in Alaska. She inhabits both places with joy, because they feed and enable her life as a teacher, speaker and author. She's written 14 books, including Your Story Matters: Finding, Writing and Living the Truth of Your Life; Crossing the Waters: Following Jesus through the Storms, the Fish, the Doubt and the Seas, (which won Christianity Today's Book Award in Christian Living) and the just-released Nearing a Far God: Praying the Psalms with Our Whole Selves. Her books have been translated into 11 languages.

Leslie has taught writing and literature extensively for more than 30 years. She currently teaches spiritual memoir classes online (no airplanes required) with more than a thousand students from around the world. She speaks internationally as well on matters of faith and culture, including “Your Story Matters” writing workshops that bring hope and healing through story and community. Summers, she gets to stay home, working with her family in commercial salmon fishing on Harvester Island (population: her family), and, leading The Harvester Island Writers' Workshop, now in its twelfth year. 

Festival Years: 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2024