Short Bio

Fenton Johnson is the author of two novels, Crossing the River and Scissors, Paper, Rock, as well as Geography of the Heart:  A Memoir and Keeping Faith:  A Skeptic’s Journey among Christian and Buddhist Monks, a meditation on what it means for a skeptic to have and keep faith.  Johnson has contributed stories and cover essays to Harper’s Magazine, the New York Times Magazine, and many literary quarterlies.  He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts in both fiction and creative nonfiction, two Lambda Literary Awards, a Kentucky Literary Award in creative nonfiction, and the American Library Association Award for best gay/lesbian nonfiction.  He is on the faculty of the creative writing program at the University of Arizona and the brief residency program of Spalding University.