Have pen, will travel
Writing about the twists, turns and triumphs that come along with travel has been a part of my life for more than 20 years. As the daughter of immigrants, as a foreign exchange student, as a former Peace Corps volunteer, as a foreign correspondent, and as an ex-pat who lived in Europe for 14 years, life abroad – and on the road – is the main feature of my writing.
My website is partly for editors – both current and would-be - who wish to know more about me, my training and my writing. My work appears in The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, The San Jose Mercury News, and The Independent in London, among other publications. As of summer 2014, I have visited 43 countries and have reported from about a dozen of those.
This website is also for all those who don’t have the opportunity to travel overseas, for whatever reason, or who are just as keen to cruise the globe while sitting in an armchair. As a hardworking vagabond and scribe, I’m happy to serve as your window and guide into the broader world.
From 2000 until 2014, I was based in Berlin, Germany, allowing me easy access around the Continent, Russia and Mideast. In May 2014, I moved to northern California to take a full-time writing post at the Rural Community Assistance Corporation. I cover rural poverty - and efforts to allieve it - throughout the 13 states of the American West, including Alaska, Hawaii and on tribal lands. Alongside this, I continue to write travel and trend articles for editors across the U.S. I mobilize quickly, travel frequently, and publish regularly, paying heed to tight or lengthy deadlines…in short: have pen, will travel.