Fenton Johnson, MFA

Creative Writing Program, Department of English

Fenton Johnson is author of three novels as well as Geography of the Heart:  A Memoir and Keeping Faith:  A Skeptic's Journey among Christian and Buddhist Monks, in which he addresses what it means for a skeptic to have and keep faith.  He writes and teaches workshops in contemporary spirituality and in reading and writing as spiritual disciplines.  He has contributed cover essays to Harper's, the New York Times Magazine, and leading literary quarterlies, and is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship as well as NEA Fellowships in fiction and creative nonfiction.  He has written narrations for award-winning independent media and commentaries for NPR.  Geography of the Heart received the Lambda and American Library Association Awards in LGBT writing.  Keeping Faith received the Lambda Literary Award and the Kentucky Literary Award for Best Nonfiction.  More of his writing is available at his webpage  www.fentonjohnson.com.  He is on the creative writing faculty of the University of Arizona and is a guest faculty member in the Spalding University Creative Writing Program.