Kat Baylor

S. J. (Jim) Dahlman

Journalism, Memoir

S. J. Dahlman (aka Jim) is the author of A Familiar Wilderness: Searching for Home on Daniel Boone’s Road, which chronicles his 300-mile solo hike from east Tennessee to central Kentucky, blending history, observation, memoir, and the stories of dozens of people he met along the way. He is professor of communications and journalism at Milligan University, where he teaches courses in news and feature reporting and writing, creative nonfiction, editing, and communications law and ethics; serves as chair of the performing, visual, and communicative arts area; and is the faculty adviser of the college student-run news service. With an MA in English from the University of Cincinnati and an MFA in creative nonfiction from Goucher College, Dahlman is an award-winning magazine editor, freelance journalist and columnist who covered religion for more than seven years. Dahlman has written for numerous British and American publications, including The Guardian (UK), Christianity Today, the Johnson City Press, and the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Festival Years: 2024