Paul Feather

Paul Feather
is a ClimateCultures Author

An animist farmer and author whose artistic interests include the courtship of landscapes for food and seed and translating animist thought into the language of physics.


I am an animist farmer and author living in the piedmont of the Southern Appalachians. My artistic interests are the courtship of landscapes for food and seed; the living sculpture that is my home; the performance of school-teaching; and the translation of animist thought into the language of mechanical physics.

In collaboration with my wife, I have co-authored three books. Sacred Violence tells the story of our material withdrawal from the violent economic systems that define our culture. Quantum Justice broadly outlines a theoretical framework for understanding collective human behavior, and Massive Information is a collection of essays that more concisely presents the wandering narrative of Quantum Justice as a synthesis of thermodynamics and gravitational theory.

My work has been published in Dark Mountain (issues 15, 17, and 20), Ecological Citizen Journal, Counterpunch, Resilience.org, and elsewhere.

I make no separation between my art and my life. There’s some irony in the contrast between my written work—which so often tackles the broadest and most abstract roots of our cultural crises—and the mud, bone, sawdust, and blood viscerality of the lived experience giving rise to those words.


Paul's ClimateCultures posts

Dystopian Farming: An Inquiry

Dystopian Farming: An Inquiry

For animist farmer and author Paul Feather, 2024 brings a creative inquiry into 'dystopian farming' as resistance as well as sustenance, and a search for joy and meaning that makes our dire times tolerable: the potential for liberation. Read More
Super Wicked Problem - or, the Crisis Formerly Known as Climate

Super Wicked Problem – or, the Crisis Formerly Known as Climate

Farmer and author Paul Feather seeks the meaning of our planetary crisis, and names that can reflect its super wicked nature, in local spaces of resistance that serve as the wombs from which deeper understanding will be born. Read More