Camille Cusumano is the editor of Mexico, A Love Story; France, A Love Story; and Italy, A Love Story, all published by Seal Press. She was a senior editor at VIA magazine in San Francisco for 17 years. She is the author of many food and travel articles, several food books, and The Last Cannoli, a novel. She recently traded San Francisco for Buenos Aires, where she’s dancing miles of tango with miles of men.
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Katherina Audley, completing her informal year abroad in Crete, hitchhiked to Lanzarote, in the Canary Islands, where she spent a year learning about the timeshare industry and the shadier sides of Spain and Morocco. Upon her return to the United States, Katherina worked at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. In 2001, she began making extended visits to Latin America, culminating in a nine-month overland traverse of South America from Tierra del Fuego to Cartagena. She lives and writes in Portland, OR, and never did get her master’s degree.
Ashley Black, a graduate of the UCLA Film School, works as a writer, screenwriter, film director, and communications consultant in San Francisco. She has helped companies and organizations articulate their vision and create films that explain how they changed their world. She has interviewed, among others, Andy Grove (founder of Intel), Geoff Colvin (editorial director of Fortune), Marc Andreeson (inventor of the browser and founder of Netscape), and Bill Gates (founder of Microsoft). She has contributed to the anthology, In a Different Light, and is currently finishing Disinterment, a novel situated in Epiros, Greece.
Simone Butler is a writer, astrologer, and artist, who began her career as a fashion editor for the California Apparel News. She has written about the arts for publications such as the Los Angeles Times, San Diego Magazine, and The Mountain Astrologer. She teaches Treasure Mapping classes at the Golden Door spa and does private astrological consultations out of her rural hideaway in Escondido, California. Visit her at www.AstroAlchemy.com.
Alison Cadbury has had a love affair with Greece since arriving on the island of Paros by accident in September 1971. She has lived a total of six years on Paros with a few months each on Crete, Kythera, Tinos, and Chios, and a year or so in Athens. Her writings about Paros have been published in the Georgia Review, the Missouri Review, and Ascent. While studying Modern Greek literature at San Francisco State University, she received a Fulbright fellowship to write a master’s thesis on Modern Greek novelist Ilias Venezis. In 1995, she was awarded a fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts to work on a book of creative nonfiction about Paros. She lives in Eugene, Oregon, where she teaches writing at a community college.
Amanda Castleman returned to Seattle after eight years in England, Italy, Greece, and Cyprus. Despite her yoga-and-yogurt appearance, she’s a former wilderness guide. Her Honduras dive article won a 2007 Lowell Thomas award (travel writing’s ersatz Pulitzer).
An Italian-American travel writer, she has contributed to the International Herald Tribune, the Daily Mail, MSNBC.com, Salon, Wired, and Italy Daily. She has worked more than a dozen books, including Italy, A Love Story, Single State of the Union and Rome in Detail, as well as titles for National Geographic, Frommer’s, Michelin, DK Eyewitness, Time Out and Rough Guides. She holds a degree in Latin and teaches travel writing. Her website is at www.amandacastleman.com. She ego-casts further via the blog Road Remedies.
Cynthia Greenberg has been writing about her travels since 1973 when she studied filmmaking and photography at the American University in Rome. She put herself through school acting in spaghetti westerns and had a brief role in The Godfather Part II. She’s seeking representation, Burmese Jade, based on her journeys in Thailand, Malaysia and Burma. She received honorable mention in the 2006 Writer’s Digest fiction competition for her short story Fire. She lives in Marin County, California.
Linda Hefferman is a freelance writer living with her husband and two sons in Portland, Oregon. Her writing has appeared in ByLine magazine and the anthology How to Leave a Place, and is forthcoming in Mothering magazine. She is currently working on a technical book for the Dummies series and a travelogue/memoir about a year in France where her second son was born. Visit her online at www.lindahefferman.com.
Tara Kolden‘s travel writing has appeared in anthologies published by Seal Press and Lonely Planet. She’s been marooned on Skyros and romanced in Montmartre, and she’s eaten haggis by choice. When not wreaking havoc in foreign territories, she makes her home in Seattle.
Linda Lappin lives in Rome. She is the author of a novel, The Etruscan (Wynkin deWorde, Galway Ireland, 2004). She directs the writing program of the Centro Pokkoli, in Vitorchiano, Italy, a medieval village near Rome. More on her and the program:www.pokkoli.org and www.lindalappin.net.
Diane LeBow lives in San Francisco and has published stories with Salon.com, Via Magazine, Travelers Tales anthologies, France, A Love Story (Seal Press, 2004), Foreign Affairs: Erotic Travel Tales (Cleis Press, 2004), B for Savvy Brides, Skirt Magazine, and numerous national newspapers and magazines. Recently her photography won the Bay Area Travel Writer Association Silver Award. She travels the globe and has spent time with Afghan women, Libyans, the Hopi, Amazon people, Tuvans, Mongolians, Corsicans, and Parisians. She is currently working on a book about her search for the best of all possible worlds. Her website is www.dianelebow.com.
Sarah McCormic grew up on an island in the Pacific Northwest. She lives in Seattle, where she works as an editor at the University of Washington. Her writing has appeared in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Seattle Weekly, Bitch magazine, and Outside Online. Her essays also appear in the anthologies BITCHfest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch Magazine (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, August 2006) and Homelands: Women’s Journeys Across Race, Place, and Time (Seal Press, January 2007). More information about Sarah can be found at www.sarahmccormic.com.
Marilyn McFarlane is a freelance writer who has contributed to guidebooks on the West Coast, where she has lived her whole life. She is the author of Sacred Myths: Stories of World Religions, an illustrated book of stories from seven spiritual paths. She has four daughters and eleven grandchildren and lives in Portland with her husband and two cats.
Colleen McGuire grew up in rural Indiana farm country and felt compelled to see the world. Before she turned 30, she had traveled to more than fifty countries. She cycled solo from New York to San Francisco. She lives in Greece and New York, and operates a bicycle tour company called CycleGreece. Her web bio is here.
Liza Monroy has written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, The Village Voice, Time Out New York, and Mexico, A Love Story. She’s a book reviewer for BUST magazine and a research editor at JANE, where she occasionally blogs for their website. She has lived in Mexico, Italy, Greece, the Czech Republic and the United States.
Pamela Samek Stamatiou have been living in Greece since 1990 with her husband and two children. She has a Master’s Degree in International Economics and has worked for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome, Italy. She is currently enrolled in the UCLA Writer’s Program and takes classes through their Online Extension Program.
Susan M. Tiberghien, an American living in Switzerland, has published three memoirs, Looking for Gold, Circling to the Center, and Footsteps, A European Journal, as well as shorter work in journals and anthologies. She teaches writing workshops in the United States and in Europe for the International Women’s Writing Guild, for C.G. Jung Centers, and for the Geneva Writers’ Group, where she directs the biennial Geneva Writers’ Conference. Her website is www.susantiberghien.com.
Davi Walders’ poetry and prose have appeared in more than 200 anthologies and journals including The American Scholar, JAMA, Potomac Review, Crab Orchard Review, Ms, and Washington Woman. Her poetry collection, Gifts, was commissioned by the Milton Murray Foundation for Philanthropy and presented to the Andrew Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy recipients. She developed and directs the Vital Signs Writing Project at National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Her work has been choreographed and performed in New York City and elsewhere and read by Garrison Keillor on National Public Radio’s Writer’s Almanac.
Ronna Welsh has cooked professionally for more than ten years as both executive and pastry chef in a number of New York City restaurants, at pastry shops, on farms, and in homes in France, Spain, Greece, and Sicily. She has written articles and developed recipes for the Food TV Network, Saveur, Time Out New York, Martha Stewart Living, and others. Her culinary work has been featured in Diario de Alto Aragon, a Spanish regional newspaper. Ronna is an advocate for sustainable farming and cooking causes and is active in numerous organizations, including the Chef’s Collaborative, Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, Slow Food, and the Philosophy of Food Convivium. She is currently writing a book about her travels cooking abroad.
Sara Woster was born and raised in South Dakota. She studied Byzantine iconography in Greece and taught art to kids in France. While living in New York, she began showing her paintings and animation throughout the world including exhibits in Amsterdam, London, and Japan. She has published several short stories and was recently included in the anthology The May Queen. She is finishing up her novel, Survival Skills, which has been optioned for a movie.
Her next project, Babe in the Woods, is a humorous nonfiction account of her summer spent living in a cabin with an outhouse in the woods of Northern Minnesota as she prepares to have a baby under less than modern conditions. When not spending their summers in the woods, Sara and her husband, the sculptor Rob Fischer, spend most of the year in Brooklyn where they revel in their indoor plumbing and eating food not covered in mayonnaise.