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Andrew Collins has served as editor and writer on more than 200 guidebooks for Fodor’s Travel Publications, including the Arizona, Caribbean, Colorado, Florida, New Mexico, Oregon, and Pacific Northwest titles. He has also written for Moon Handbooks, and contributed to a number of Zagat guides. He has served as editor-in-chief of the travel/lifestyle magazines OutAlohaand OutCity Northwest. He’s the expert “guide” on gay and lesbian travel for About.com, and has written for Orbitz.com, Travel + Leisure, The Advocate, Sunset, New Mexico Magazine, and various AAA publications. He holds a BA from Wesleyan University.
David Farley is the author of the travel memoir An Irreverent Curiosity (Penguin) and the co-editor of Travelers’ Tales Prague and the Czech Republic. He is a Contributing Editor at AFAR magazine and writes regularly for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Travel + Leisure, National Geographic Traveler, Slate, and WorldHum.com. He holds a BA from University California, Santa Cruz and an MA from San Francisco State University.
James Bernard Frost
is the author of the novels A Very Minor Prophet (Hawthorne Books) and World Leader Pretend (St. Martin’s Press), and the travel guide The Artichoke Trail (Hunter Publishing), which won the Lowell Thomas Bronze Award for Best Travel Guide. His articles and essays have appeared in The Nervous Breakdown, Role/Reboot, Trachodon Magazine, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, and the Farallon Review. He has been a contributor to the San Francisco Examiner and Wired Online, where he wrote food, travel, and culture reviews. He holds a BS from Santa Clara University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of San Francisco.
s the author of the guidebook Delaying the Real World (Running Press), and she co-edited the essay anthology Confessions of a High School Nerd (Penguin). Her essay "Blot Out" was included in the Best American Travel Writing, and her articles and essays have been published in the New York Times, National Geographic, Salon, Creative Nonfiction, the New Republic, Transitions Abroad, Ms., Gettysburg Review, Kenyon Review, Quarterly West, Ninth Letter, A Public Space, and Prairie Schooner. She also contributed to the anthologies A Woman's World Again (Traveler's Tales) and 20-Something Essays by 20-Something Writers (Random House). She has taught at the University of Iowa. She holds a BA from Yale University and an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Iowa.
Kurt Opprecht is the author of two novels Playing with Fire and Baikal as well as the nonfiction satire The Billionaire's Manifesto (Babylon Moon Media). He has written articles and essays for such publications as the New York Times, the Economist, TimeOut New York, Glamour, World Art, PDN, Women's Own, the New York Sun, Look Japan, Tokyo Journal, Honeymoon, Endless Vacation, Wired, Swoon, and MinorityInterest. He is the editor of the satirical book Billionaires for Bush: How to Rule the World for Fun and Profit (Thunder's Mouth Press). He holds a BA from Reed College and a BS from Southern Utah University.
is the culinary travel editor for About.com, as well as a contributor to Perceptive Travel and the USA Today Travel Alliance. She has published articles and essays in the Atlantic Monthly’s Food Channel, Business Traveler, BusinessWeek, the Chicago Tribune, the Christian Science Monitor, Fast Company, Glamour, Ladies’ Home Journal, Luxist, Men’s Journal, Money, Mother Jones, New York Magazine, Psychology Today, Robb Report, Sierra Magazine, The Smart Set, The Street, the Toronto Star, US Air magazine, the Washington Post, and World Hum. She is the author of the books Like Riding a Bike: On Learning as an Adult (Curious World Books), Americans at Play, and Best of Health (both New Strategist), and her work is included in Best Women’s Travel Writing 2010 (Traveler’s Tales). She holds a BA from Cortland College.
Cullen Thomas is the author of the memoir Brother One Cell (Viking). His work has also appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Salon, The Rumpus, The Sonora Review, World Hum, Current Biography, and Penthouse. He holds a BA from Binghamton University.