Jeffrey Bilbro

Jeffrey Bilbro
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Jeffrey Bilbro grew up in the mountainous state of Washington and earned his B.A. in Writing and Literature from George Fox University in Oregon and his Ph.D. in English from Baylor University. His books include Reading the Times: A Literary and Theological Inquiry into the News, Loving God’s Wildness: The Christian Roots of Ecological Ethics in American Literature, Wendell Berry and Higher Education: Cultivating Virtues of Place (written with Jack Baker), and Virtues of Renewal: Wendell Berry’s Sustainable Forms.

Recent Essays

Housekeeping, Epiphany, and a National Elite

“America’s Biggest Owner Of Farmland Is Now Bill Gates.” Ariel Shapiro writes about the massive consolidation of land ownership. Gates is focusing on farmland,...

Precedents, Technosolutionism, and A Hidden Life

“Why I Choose Rural.” Benya Kraus explains why she chose to move to rural Minnesota after graduating from college: “Though I spent my childhood...

Prospects for Localism: An FPR Conversation

The FPR leadership has decided to make a foray into a new medium (for us). And given this transitional moment in American politics, this...

Fantasies, a City on the Hill, and Baking Bread

“Failures of Leadership in a Populist Age.” In an essay that rings even more true after the events of Wednesday, Yuval Levin warns would-be...

Happiness, Regionalism, and Jefferson’s Bible

“If Mr. Kristof Is Taking Names, Apple Should Be Next.” Anthony Barr points out the profit-generated blind spot that permits Apple, Disney, and other...

A Virtual Book Club for a Civil Economy

In this season for making resolutions, perhaps this opportunity might help those of you who want to read more books in 2021. I'm delighted...

Abundance, Wilderness, and Algorithms

Merry Christmas, Porchers! Thanks for joining us in this virtual space throughout what has certainly been an interesting year. While we missed our yearly...

Lead for America: Encouraging Graduates to Return Home

Jackson, MI. As a college professor and reader of Wendell Berry, I've long been concerned about the dominant narrative of "upward (and lateral) mobility"...

Coffins, Books, and Haunted Nations

I’ll be taking a break from compiling these weekly roundups during the Advent season. See you all after Christmas! “The Trappists’ Coffins.” In a moving...

Families, Hospitality, and Death

“What are Families For?” The new issue of Plough is out, and it looks excellent. I am trying to avoid reading these essays, though, until my...

Avoiding Demagoguery, Quantification, and the Dire Hose

“How to Protect America From the Next Donald Trump.” While proposals to abolish the Electoral College are popular at the moment, Bryan Garsten recommends...

Driving without Destination

If you've ever wanted to see Jason Peters via a livestream video feed, this is your chance. On Wednesday, November 11, from 1:30 –...