Keynote Speaker

We are thrilled to have Leslie Leyland Fields joining us for Breathe 2017. Flying in all the way from Kodiak Island, Alaska, Leslie will be presenting two keynote addresses for us. Click here for her website!

Leslie is the author/editor of ten books. Her most recent is Crossing the Waters: Following Jesus through the Storms, the Fish, the Doubt, and the Seas. She also writes for Christianity Today, Books and Culture, her.meneutics, InTouch, and the award-winning Wordserve Watercooler. She teaches university-level classes and workshops, and runs a professional writing business.

Her previous books include Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers: Finding Freedom from Hate and Hurt (Thomas Nelson, 2014). The Spirit of Food: 34 Writers on Feasting and Fasting Toward God, Hooked! True Stories of Obsession, Death and Love from Alaska’s Commercial Fishing Men and Women, Parenting is Your Highest Calling…and Eight Other Myths (Waterbrook), Surviving the Island of Grace (Thomas Dunne), Surprise Child: Finding Hope in Unexpected Pregnancy, Out on the Deep Blue (St. Martin’s), The Entangling Net: Alaska’s Commercial Fishing Women Tell Their Lives (Univ. of Illinois Press) and The Water Under Fish (poetry).

Her books have been translated into Chinese, French, Polish, Korean and German and reviewed in the (London) Times Literary Supplement, The Chicago Tribune, the Utne Reader, Sports Illustrated for Women, The Portland Oregonian, The Seattle Times, Women and Health, Oregon Review, and many others.

Her essays have appeared in numerous publications, including The Atlantic Monthly, Orion, Image: Art, Faith, Mystery, Books and Culture, Best Essays Northwest, Christianity Today, It’s a Girl: Women Writers on Raising Daughters, On Nature: Great Writers on the Great Outdoors, A Mile in Her Boots: Women Who Work in the Wild, America and the Sea: A Maritime History, and many others.

Her poetry has appeared in The Seattle Review, the Bellingham Review, the Northern Review, Patches of Godlight: Father Tim’s Favorite Quotes, and many more.