Tags: Cultural Criticism

Cathleen Falsani

Criticism, Spirituality

Cathleen Falsani is a religion journalist, author, and literary consultant. Her books include The God Factor: Inside the Spiritual Lives of Public PeopleSin Boldly: A Field Guide for GraceThe Dude Abides: The Gospel According to the Coen BrothersBELIEBER!: Fame, Faith and the Heart of Justin Bieber, and Disquiet Time: Rants and Reflections on the Good Book by the Skeptical, the Faithful, and a Few Scoundrels  (coedited with Jennifer Grant). 

Falsani was the longtime religion writer and columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, and also served as web editor for Sojourners where she remains a featured contributor. Her work has appeared via myriad media outlets including Rolling Stone, Christianity Today, the Christian Century, the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Orange County Register, Religion News Service, TheAtlantic.com, CNN, NPR, and Oprah Winfrey’s “Soul Series” radio show. 

She is at work on the forthcoming book, The End of Hunger (coedited with Jenny Eaton Dyer), which is set for release by IVP in autumn 2019; and she co-hosts the new audio magazine The Shwell, exploring ancient tools of contemplative spiritual practice for modern living.

Since 2014,Falsani has worked closely with other writers, filmmakers, and other creatives through Sinners & Saints Consultants, the literary consultancy she operates with her husband, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and NYT bestselling author Maurice Possley.


The Justice Message of Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs | column | Sojourners
On Sacred Friendship and Summer in the Forest  | podcast interview | The Shwell
Paul Simon’s Spiritual Fascination | interview | Sojourners
Patti Smith Dreams in Black and White | essay | The Porch Magazine
Cathleen Falsani: Spiritual Journey | profile | Chicago Sunday Evening Club

Festival Years: 2008, 2018