Speakers for 2023 FPR Conference


Jeff Bilbro

Jeffrey Bilbro is an Associate Professor of English at Grove City College. 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.

Tessa Carman

Tessa Carman is a writer from Minnesota farm country who lives with her husband and three children in Maryland. She teaches literature, mythology, and theater, and her essays and poetry have been published in Front Porch Republic, Ekstasis, Fare Forward, Mere Orthodoxy, Plough, The Lamp, and several other publications. In 2022 she co-authored a new translation of “The Dream of the Rood” with J.C. Scharl.

Ashley Colby

Ashley Colby is an environmental sociologist whose work focuses on the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to the failures of the late industrial era. Ashley founded the Rizoma Field School, which offers experiential study abroad in Uruguay for post-secondary students.

Bill Kauffman

Bill Kauffman is the author of eleven books. He is a columnist for The American Conservative and The Spectator World. Bill wrote the screenplay for the 2013 feature film Copperhead. He is a founding editor of Front Porch Republic and has served as a legislative assistant to Senator Pat Moynihan, editor for various magazines and publishers, and vice president of a professional baseball team that was extinguished by MLB. He lives with his wife Lucine in his native Genesee County, New York.

Paul Kingsnorth

Paul is a writer, thinker, smallholder, Orthodox Christian and aspiring beekeper.

Eric Miller

Eric Miller is Professor of History and the Humanities at Geneva College (Beaver Falls, PA), where he directs the honors program. His books include Hope in a Scattering Time: A Life of Christopher Lasch and Brazilian Evangelicalism in the 21st Century: An Inside and Outside Look. He is the editor of the online journal of opinion Current.

Mark Mitchell

Mark T. Mitchell is the co-founder of Front Porch Republic. He is the Dean of Academic Affairs at Patrick Henry College and the author of several books including Power and Purity, The Limits of Liberalism, The Politics of Gratitude, and Localism in Mass Age: A Front Porch Republic Manifesto (co-editor).

John Murdock

John Murdock, a self-styled “Christian conservative tree-hugger” and “globe-trotting localist,” is an attorney who has worked in Washington, D.C., written from a family farmhouse deep in the heart of his native Texas, and taught law in South Korea.

Cassandra Nelson

Cassandra Nelson is an Associate Fellow at the University of Virginia’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, where her research centers on faith and technology in American literature and contemporary culture.

Jason Peters

Jason Peters tends a small acreage in Ingham County, Michigan, and teaches English at Hillsdale College. A founding member of FPR, he is the editor of both Local Culture: A Journal of the Front Porch Republic and Front Porch Republic Books. His books include The Culinary Plagiarist: (Mis)Adventures of a Lusty, Thieving, God-Fearing Gourmand (FPR Books 2020), Wendell Berry: Life and Work (University Press of Kentucky 2007), Land! The Case for an Agrarian Economy, by John Crowe Ransom (University Press of Notre Dame, 2017), and Localism in the Mass Age: A Front Porch Republic Manifesto (co-edited with Mark T. Mitchell for FPR Books, 2018).

Adam Smith

Adam Smith is Associate Professor of Political Philosophy and Director of the Honors Program at the University of Dubuque, in Dubuque, Iowa.