While traveling has been put on hold for many of us over the last year and a half, there is no shortage of travel stories out there for us to sink our teeth into. For our November Third Thursday join us as three accomplished (yet very different) travel writers break down how they approach writing their travel narratives. From the Bolivian countryside to Iceland’s snowy landscape to Jamaica’s beachy shores, we’ll explore the art of travel writing with three writers who have gone the distance and then successfully captured it on the page.
The conversation will be moderated by WLT Program Director Sam Babiak.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
A. Kendra Greene is the author and illustrator of The Museum of Whales You Will Never See. She started writing essays on a Fulbright to South Korea, finished an MFA in Iowa, and recently taught text and image at the University of Iceland. She lives in Dallas, where she is an editor for the Southwest Review and guest artist at the Nasher Sculpture Center. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, and Atlas Obscura, while her artist books are held in collections as far away as Qatar.
Ursula Pike is an author and creative writing instructor living in Austin, Texas. Her debut memoir AN INDIAN AMONG LOS INDÍGENAS: A NATIVE TRAVEL MEMOIR was listed as one of Ms. Magazine’s Most Anticipated Reads for the Rest of Us 2021. She is a graduate of the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts and her writing has appeared in Yellow Medicine Review, LitHub, World Literature Today, and Ligeia Magazine. Ursula has been featured in Austin Monthly, the Texas Standard, and Poets & Writers Magazine. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia from 1994 to 1996. An enrolled member of the Karuk Tribe, she grew up between Daly City, California, and Portland, Oregon. For more information visit ursulapike.com.
Alex Temblador is an award-winning travel writer with publications in National Geographic, Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Outside Magazine, TripAdvisor, Lonely Planet, Texas Monthly, Texas Highways, VICE, among many others. Although Alex has done copywriting work for Hotels.com and edited travel guides for the likes of Insight Guides, she primarily writes travel articles as a freelance writer. Her coverage of diversity, equity, and inclusion issues in the travel and hospitality sectors has led to Alex moderating the World Travel Market's first Racism & Tourism panel and receiving the 2021 Bessie Award for "Most Impactful Piece of Writing" for her article in Conde Nast Traveler: "Questions Every Anti-Racist Traveler Should Ask on a Trip." Alex lives in Dallas, Texas, and is also the author of two novels, Secrets of the Casa Rosada and the forthcoming, Half Outlaw.
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