Check out the new video “Do Not Be Afraid” from one of the conference featured artists, singer-songwriter Christopher Williams then read below about full collection of featured artists at this year’s conference.
Featured Artists for 2018
Katherine Patterson (fiction):
Katherine Patterson is the author of more than 30 books, including 17 novels for young people. She’s twice won the Newbery Medal (for Bridge to Terabithia and Jacob Have I Loved). The Great Gilly Hopkins won the National Book Award and was a Newbery Honor Book. For the body of her work, she received the Hans Christian Andersen Award and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. In 2000 was named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress.
Her stories often tackle tough subjects, but they do so with roots in the stories of Scripture and with roots in the values and perspectives of the Christian faith. The daughter of missionaries in China, Katherine received a Master’s of the English Bible from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education. After several years in Japan, she received a second Master’s from Union Theological Seminary in religious education, and she married John Paterson, a Presbyterian minister.
Christopher Williams (songwriting):
Hailing from Nashville, but nothing like your typical Nashville songwriter, Christopher Williams is a songwriter, storyteller, and entertainer – offering songs that are honest and confessional, yet never over bearing; and performances that engage audiences with an appealing mix of intense passion and humor. With “lush guitar work, and sweet soaring vocals,” (Boston Phoenix) punctuated by the percussive vulnerability of a single African djembe hand drum and that strong baritone voice, Williams continues to be a “hard-touring singer-songwriter and a master at spreading his personal energy out into a live audience.” (Madison Isthmus) Touring nonstop nationally for the last twentyone years at a pace of more than 110 shows a year, Williams has built a faithful following of listeners around the country and is a true independent artist, releasing eleven records on his own label. He is a performer that regardless of the setting, creates an intimate feel, comfortable on stage in front of thousands, as well as in a small living room concert. Williams has toured with Grammy Award winning band Jars of Clay, opening for, as well as playing percussion with the band and has also played with songwriter luminaries Arlo Guthrie, Phil Keaggy, David Wilcox, Patty Larkin and Ellis Paul. With the release of his new full length studio album, GATHER, Williams has written a brilliant batch of new songs that speak directly into the chaotic times we find ourselves in and the need to slow down, remember the value of face to face conversation and the importance of community in pushing back on an ever pervading fear. GATHER is a beautiful collection of songs that creates a welcoming space that continues to grow as you dive deeper into the album.
Elisabeth Ehmann Miller (painting):
The daughter of missionaries to Spain, Elisabeth Miller grew up aware of and inspired by the works of Europe’s master painters. She apprenticed under Classical Realist, Jacob Collins in New York City and earned a MFA from The New York Academy of Art.
Elisabeth now lives and works in Shelburne, Vermont with her husband, Jason, and two sons.
Paul Rogers (photography):
Paul Rogers is a native of Stowe, Vermont and holds a BFA degree from the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology. He works as a freelance photographer specializing in commercial, documentary, landscape, and fine art photography. He has used photography (and video) services to support Christian missions in 16 countries (including extended trips to China and Southeast Asia).
Matthew Dickerson (narrative nonfiction, historical fiction, and fantasy literature):
Matthew Dickerson is the author of: several novels (including works of medieval historical fiction as well as fantasy literature) including The Rood and the Torc and The Daegmon War Trilogy; numerous works of narrative non-fiction nature writing about rivers, trout, and ecology (most recently A Tale of Three Rivers: of Wooly Buggers, Bowling Balls, Cigarette Butts, and the Future of Appalachian Brook Trout); a biography of the late singer-songwriter Mark Heard; and several critical studies of fantasy literature and the writings of J.R.R.Tolkien and C.S.Lewis with a special interest in environmental and theological aspects of their writing (From Homer to Harry Potter: a Handbook of Myth and Fantasy; Narnia and the Fields of Arbol: the Environmental Vision of C.S.Lewis; Ents, Elves, and Eradior: the Environmental Vision of J.R.R.Tolkien, and A Hobbit Journey: Discovering the Enchantment of J.R.R.Tolkien’s Middle-earth). Dickerson’s critique of the new Atheists, titled The Mind and the Machine: what it Means to be Human and Why it Matters features two chapters exploring a Christian view of creativity and art in contrast with a secular humanist view.
Dickerson was selected as artist-in-residence at Glacier National Park in June of 2017 and artist-in-residence at Acadia National Park in May of 2018. He teaches at Middlebury College and lives in Middlebury, Vermont with his wife of 30 years. Read more about his writing at www.matthewdickerson.net and www.troutdownstream.net
Abigail Carroll (poetry):
Abigail Carroll is a poet and author whose most recent book, Habitation of Wonder (Wipf & Stock, 2018), is an offering of poems that travels the intersection of the natural landscape and the landscape of spirit. A Gathering of Larks: Letters to Saint Francis from a Modern-Day Pilgrim (Eerdmans, 2017), has been called “sparked with joy and stitched with whimsy” by the Chicago Tribune, and Three Squares: The Invention of the American Meal (Basic Books, 2013), was a finalist for the Zocalo Public Square Book Prize. Carroll’s poems appear in the anthology Between Midnight and Dawn: A Literary Guide to Prayer for Lent, Holy Week, and Eastertide (Paraclete Press, 2016) as well as in numerous magazines and journals, including The Anglican Theological Review, The Christian Century, Crab Orchard Review, Midwest Quarterly, River Oak Review, Sojourners, Spiritus, and Terrain. In addition, her prose has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, and Boston Globe. Carroll holds a PhD in American Studies from Boston University, where she has taught history and writing. She makes her home in Vermont, where she serves as pastor of arts and spiritual formation at Church at the Well, and where she enjoys walking and photographing nature.
Eric Taylor (prose):
Eric Taylor holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. He has taught college-level writing, editing, and ESL, and has led workshops at the New England Young Writer’s Conference at Breadloaf, the Gove Hill Summer Christian Writers’ Retreat and elsewhere. Eric is author of Using Folktales and editor of the contemporary language version of William Penn’s Some Fruits of Solitude, and his poetry and creative non-fiction have most recently appeared in Poetica and Plough Quarterly. Writing for children and young adults is Eric’s passion.
Kevin Moffat (painting):
Kevin Moffatt (Mannaart.com) is a Spontaneous Prophetic Painter of over 400 images during worship. As an itinerant minister of the WORD thru art, Kevin looks to paint what God is speaking to the church in those moments while worshiping at conferences and prayer meetings in many states in the USA as well as Europe.
He is a graduate of Maryland Art institute where he majored in print making and architectural design. Hand painting silk scarves, Kevin has a business called Manna Silks (Mannasilks.com), that sells to 50 stores in New England. His art and silk scarves can be found on the internet.
Kevin also teaches about Kingdom Creativity. His paintings in pastel have been seen as ‘abstract realism’. While on a mission trip in Calcutta, India he had the delightful impromptu opportunity to teach a group of orphans about listening to their best friend’s voice. Kevin & Claire were both ordained by International Apostolic Ministries as a recognition of what God is doing in their lives.