John Bennion

A native of the Utah desert, John Bennion writes personal and historical essays and fiction about people struggling with that forbidding landscape. He has published a collection of short fiction, Breeding Leah and other Stories (Signature Books, 1991), and three novels—Falling Toward Heaven (Signature Books, 2000), An Unarmed Woman (Signature Books, 2019), and Ezekiel’s Third Wife (Roundfire Books, 2019). He has published short stories and essays in Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, Hotel Amerika, Southwest Review, Hobart, Palaver, Utah Historical Quarterly, Best of the West II, High Country News, English Journal, and others. He is completing a collection of essays about his Bennion ancestors, who have ranched and lived in the western desert of Utah for six generations. He is an associate professor in the English Department at Brigham Young University, where he teaches writing fiction and creative non-fiction. He has twenty-three years experience leading outdoor writing programs that use the writing of personal essays to promote student growth. These include Wilderness Writing, Literature and Landscape, Integrated Natural History, and Insects, Writing, and Art.




  • Ezekiel’s Third Wife, Alresford, Roundfire Books (John Hunt), 2019.
  • An Unarmed Woman, Signature Books, 2019.
  • Falling Toward Heaven, Signature Books, 2000.
  • Breeding Leah and Other Stories, Signature Books, 1991.

Additional Info

  • Region: Wasatch Front
  • Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction
  • Tags: Environmental