Travel writer and editor. Benning is cofounder and coeditor of the online travel magazine and blog World Hum. His writing has appeared in National Geographic Adventure, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Outside, Playboy, The Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Online Journalism Review and Public Radio International. His essay "Lust in Translation" was shortlisted in The Best American Travel Writing anthology. World Hum won the gold Lowell Thomas Award from the Society of American Travel Writers for best internet travel site, and in 2010, along with NPR, the BBC and Vanity Fair, it was named a Webby Honoree in the writing category. Benning is the Editor-in-Chief of SKYE on AOL. Read more >>
Author of many travel books, including A Wolverine Is Eating My Leg, Jaguars Ripped My Flesh, and Pass the Butterworms. He is an editor at large for Outside magazine, and his work appears in National Geographic Adventure, the New York Times Book Review, and other national publications.
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Agent at Kimberley Cameron & Associates with a background in editing, writing, and marketing.
Julia joined AFAR Media as executive editor in 2008, and was promoted to editor in chief in 2011. She last served as deputy editor of the DIY design magazine ReadyMade. During her tenure, the magazine was a finalist for a National Magazine Award in general excellence. Before making stuff at ReadyMade, Julia was part of the original launch team behind Time Out New York Kids, a spinoff of Time Out New York. She started her career as a writer at Business Week and the New York Daily News. Read more >>
Award-winning writer and filmmaker, teacher and editor, lecturer and travel leader, storyteller and TV host. His fascination with the art, literature, and history of culture has taken him from Michigan to Marrakesh, Iceland to the Amazon, in a worldwide search for what the ancients called the "soul of the world." With more than 25 books and 15 scriptwriting credits to his name, the "omnipresent influence of myth in modern life" is a thread that runs through all of his work. His books include Stoking the Creative Fires, Once and Future Myths, The Art of Pilgrimage, The Olympic Odyssey, The Hero's Journey, and Wordcatcher. "A mytagogue, a carrytale and a thaumaturge, Cousineau makes us Argus-eyed to the ubuntu of the aprocryphal and Gemutlichkeit it provides, and if you don’t know what I’m talking about, then you definitely need this book.”-- Lemony Snicket. Read more >>
Author of An Irreverent Curiosity: In Search of the Church's Strangest Relic in Italy's Oddest Town and the coeditor of Travelers' Tales Prague and Czech Republic: True Stories. He is a contributing writer at AFAR magazine and his work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Conde Nast Traveler, Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel, National Geographic Traveler, New York, and Slate.com. Read more >>
Manager of acquisitions department for Avalon Travel since 2006, signing up authors for more than 100 Moon Travel Guides to destinations from India to Sacramento. Grace is also a volunteer at the visitor information center in San Francisco.
Author of Travel Writing and the editor of eight anthologies, including Moveable Feast and The Kindness of Strangers. He writes the monthly Trip Lit column for National Geographic Traveler and is Features Editor for Gadling.com. He also edits Geographic Expeditions’ online magazine, Recce: Literary Journeys for the Discerning Traveler. Read more >>
Photojournalist, author and stage performer whose six books include the best-selling Shopping for Buddhas, The Size of the World (for which he created the first international travel blog) and Snake Lake, a travel memoir set in Kathmandu, Nepal during the 1990 democracy revolution. Jeff’s travel stories have appeared in print and online publications worldwide, including Smithsonian, Afar, Outside, Islands, National Geographic Adventure, and Salon.
Travel writer, editor, journalist, and teacher who has been covering the world since his international travels began in the 1970s. As a freelance writer for more than 30 years and syndicated columnist since 1985, his work has appeared in many major newspapers and magazines, including the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Travel & Leisure, and Outside. In 1993 he cofounded the award-winning Travelers' Tales books with James and Tim O'Reilly and is currently executive editor. Read more >>
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Travel editor of Westways and ACE Publications and Editor-in-Chief for Northern New England Journey and Tidewater Traveler.
Founding Travel Editor of the San Francisco Examiner, a position she held on the San Francisco Examiner-Chronicle for 20 years. She has contributed to several anthologies, is a co-author of travel guides to France and California published by Fisher and by Berlitz, and teaches travel writing and related courses.
Travel Editor of The San Francisco Chronicle and writer for the travel section’s blog, Bad Latitude.
He is a 20-year journalist and traveler who has written about, reported
on, and been hopelessly lost on five continents. His attempts to defy
the expectations of places—from Havana’s back alleys to Genoa’s
cathedrals to the floor of a hippie bus in Modesto—have earned him three
Lowell Thomas Awards. His stories have appeared in more than 60
newspapers in North America. He lives with his wife, Ann, in San
Francisco and plays cornet in an early New Orleans-style jazz band. Read more >>
Award-winning photographer working for National Geographic, Geo, Saveur, Wine Spectator and many other major magazines and international corporations. Robert is a three-time winner of Travel
Photographer of the Year from the Society of American Travel Writers,
and author of many lush food and wine books. Read more >>
Award-winning photographer and video producer serving the wine, food & drink, adventure and travel industries. Over the last decade, she has created a compelling body of work for corporate, advertising, editorial, and fine art clients around the globe. Her photographs regularly appear in publications including Wine Spectator, Food and Wine, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Additionally, Andrea has photographed three books: Passion for Pinot (2008), Essential Wines and Wineries of the Pacific Northwest (2010), and Spectacular Wineries of Washington (2012). Read more >>
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Marketing technologies director for Avalon Travel, publisher of Rick Steves and Moon Travel Guides, and Seal Press. She is actively involved in the creation of Avalon's digital content through its websites, social media, ebooks, and apps, and advises authors on SEO, web design, and architecture. A lifelong Californian, Sarah lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Has photographed everything from Australian Aborigines and Bombay film stars to the victims of Agent Orange in Vietnam. She shot the cover story "Inside Provence" for National Geographic Traveler's April 2006 issue and captured rare images of Prince Charles for her May 2006 National Geographic magazine feature, "Not Your Typical Radical." Catherine's film Brooklyn Bridge premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 1984.
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Freelance writer and photographer. She's written travel stories for Conde Nast Traveler online, Afar, World Hum, Gadling, Perceptive Travel, and a handful of food, travel, and in-flight magazines. She's worked on two guidebooks -- British Columbia and Hawaii -- for Thomas Cook.
Linda Watanabe McFerrin
Poet, travel writer, novelist and workshop leader and a contributor to numerous journals, newspapers, magazines, anthologies and online publications including the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, Modern Bride, Travelers’ Tales, and Salon.com. She is the author of two poetry collections and the novel and graphic novel Dead Love. Linda founded the Bay Area wrters salon Left Coast Writers. Read more >>
Literary agent and founder of The Amy Rennert Agency. Amy has spent
more than 20 years in the publishing business, pursuing her passion for
the written word. The agency represents a select group of quality
fiction and nonfiction writers—many of them award-winners—and dozens
of agency books have been New York Times and national bestsellers. Read more >>
Andy opened the Andy Ross Agency in 2008. Prior to that,
he was the owner for 30 years of the legendary Cody's Books in Berkeley.
The Andy Ross Agency represents books in a wide range of subjects
including: narrative nonfiction, science, journalism, history, religion,
children's books, young adult, middle grade, literary and commercial
fiction, and cooking. For literary, commercial, and children's fiction,
Ross only has one requirement—simple, but ineffable— that the writing
reveal the terrain of that vast and unexplored country, the human heart.
Andy is a member of the Association of Author Representatives (AAR). Read more >>
Writer, photographer and interviewer, Shapiro has written features for National Geographic Traveler (including a cover story on Jan Morris' Wales), American Way, Islands, The Sun and the Washington Post. He’s the author of A Sense of Place: Great Travel Writers Talk About Their Craft, Lives, and Inspiration, an essential text for aspiring travel writers. Shapiro’s story about rafting through the Grand Canyon is in The Best Travel Writing 2011. He contributed the text and some photos to the pictorial book, Guatemala: A Journey Through the Land of the Maya.
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Editor of the 2011, 2012 and 2013 editions of The Best Women's Travel Writing, and author of Writing Away: A Creative Guide to Awakening the Journal-Writing Traveler and With a Measure of Grace: the Story and Recipes of a Small Town Restaurant.
Author of The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God’s Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter's Daughter, The Opposite of Fate, Saving Fish from Drowning, and two children’s books, The Moon Lady and The Chinese Siamese Cat, which has been adapted as Sagwa, a PBS series for children. Her forthcoming novel is The Valley of Amazement. Tan was also the co-producer and co-screenwriter of the film version of The Joy Luck Club, and her essays and stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. Her work has been translated into more than twenty-five languages.