COLLEEN KINDER is the author of Delaying the Real World: A Twentysomething’s Guide for Seeking Adventure (Running Press, 2005). She has written for The New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, Gadling, The New Republic, Ms, Creative Nonfiction, The Gettysburg Review, Ninth Letter, Salon.com, and Washingtonpost.com. Her essays have been anthologized in A Woman’s World Again (Travelers Tales, 2007), 20-Something Essays by 20-Something Writers (Random House, 2006), and Readings for Writers (Kenyon Review, 2009). She co-edited the Penguin anthology, Confessions of a High School Word Nerd (2007) and currently teaches essay and travel writing at Yale University.
RACHEL FRIEDMAN is the author of The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost: A Memoir of Three Continents, Two Friends, and One Unexpected Adventure (Bantam Books, 2011). It was chosen as a Target Breakout Book and selected by Goodreads’ readers as one of the best travel books of 2011. She’s written for The New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, New York, BUST, Bitch, Creative Nonfiction, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Bon Appetit, Gadling, and Nerve, among others. She’s a contributor to The McSweeney’s Book of Politics and Musicals (Vintage, 2012) and the winner of Creative Nonfiction‘s 2012 Australia Essay Contest. She currently teaches journalism and writing at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
SARAH MENKEDICK has a B.A. in History and History of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is currently a third-year student in the creative nonfiction M.F.A. program at The University of Pittsburgh, where she also teaches journalism and creative writing. Her work has been published or is forthcoming on Amazon’s Kindle Singles, The Common, World Hum, Perceptive Travel, qarrtsiluni, Matador Network, and Change.org, among other online and print publications. She is the founder of Velamag.com, an online magazine of creative nonfiction inspired by travel and written by women, which has been featured in Outside Magazine, USA Today, Forbes, Perceptive Travel, Byliner.com, LadyJournos.com and The Browser.com. She worked previously as the editor-in-chief of Glimpse.org, a magazine of long-form narrative travel writing funded in part by National Geographic. She is the recipient of a 2012 Ohioana Award for a writer under 30.