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Tara Isabella Burton

Journalism, Spirituality, Theology

Tara Isabella Burton is a contributing editor at The American Interest, a columnist at Religion News Service, and the former staff religion reporter at She holds a doctorate in theology from Oxford, and has written on religion and secularism for a variety of publications including National Geographic, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. Burton's nonfiction book, Strange Rites: New Religions for a Godless World (2020), explores rites and practices of those who are religiously unaffiliated. The book was praised by The Wall Street Journal as "a bracing tour through the myriad forms of bespoke spiritualism and makeshift quasi-religions springing up across America."

Festival Years: 2016