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 Leyland Fields is the author/editor of ten books, including Crossing the Waters: Following Jesus through the Storms, the Fish, the Doubt and the Seas, which won Christianity Today’s 2017 Book Award in Christian Living. Her other books include Surviving the Island of Grace (Thomas Dunne), The Spirit of Food: 34 Writers on Feasting and Fasting Toward God (Cascade Press), and Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers (Thomas Nelson). Her books have been translated into Chinese, French, Ukrainian, Slovak, German, Polish and Korean. 

Her essays, articles and blogs have won numerous awards and have appeared in The Atlantic, Orion, Best Essays Northwest, Beliefnet, In Touch, and many others, earning her Evangelical Press awards, Pushcart nominations, the Virginia Faulkner Award, and a Genesis Award. 

She was a founding faculty member of Seattle Pacific University’s Master of Fine Arts program where she taught creative nonfiction for six years.  She is on the Editorial Board of Christianity Today; a national and international speaker addressing topics of faith, art and culture at conferences, universities, retreats, and churches. Leslie has been editing, teaching and mentoring writers for more than thirty years. A number of her students and workshoppers have gone on to publish their manuscripts (which makes her incredibly proud!) She lives on Kodiak Island, Alaska where she commercial salmon fishes every summer with her family.