Leslie Leyland Fields
Leslie Leyland Fields is a multi-award winning writer, editor, and international speaker who lives on Kodiak Island, Alaska in the winter and Harvester Island in the summer, where she joins her family in a commercial salmon fishing operation. She has written/edited 10 nonfiction books including Crossing the Waters (Winner of 2017 Christianity Today Book Award for Christian Living/Discipleship), Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers, and Parenting is Your Highest Calling: And Eight Other Myths That Trap Us in Worry and Guilt. She is on the Editorial Board of Christianity Today magazine and has written for many publications including Christianity Today, The Atlantic, Orion, Books and Culture, and Beliefnet. In 2013, she began the Harvester Island Wilderness Workshop, a weeklong writing workshop and retreat at her remote fishcamp island.
Leslie has three graduate degrees in Creative Nonfiction, English, and Journalism. She taught for many years in both undergraduate and graduate programs through Seattle Pacific University and the University of Alaska. She has also served as a guest writer and writer-in-residence at many colleges throughout the country. She continues to teach through Writer's Workshops, college visits, frequent radio appearances, and her professional writing business, The Northern Pen.
Leslie and her husband, Duncan, have six children, most of whom work in salmon fishing every summer.