S226. Wild v. Into the Wild: X and Y Chromosomes in Travel Writing

Room L100 H&I, Lower Level
Saturday, April 11, 2015
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Why don't more women appear in Best American Travel Writing? Why don't more men write best-selling narratives about their transformative personal experience? How does gender affect expectations in travel writing? A co-ed panel of immersion memoirists and travel writers consider how gender affects their ability to publish and reader expectations of their work.



Kelly Kathleen Ferguson is the author of My Life as Laura: How I Searched for Laura Ingalls Wilder and Found Myself. Her work has appeared in the Gettysburg Review, Witness, New England Review, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency.

Brian Kevin is the author of The Footloose American: Following the Hunter S. Thompson Trail Across South America and an occasional contributor to publications like Outside, Sierra, Audubon, Travel + Leisure, and the Fodor’s series of travel guides.

Frank Bures's stories have appeared in Poets & Writers, Tin House, and VQR, and have been included in Best American Travel Writing and selected as “Notable” picks for Best American Sports Writing and Best American Essays. His first book is forthcoming from Melville House.

Eva Holland is a freelance writer and editor based in Canada's northern Yukon Territory. She writes about travel, sports, outdoor adventure, our interactions with the wilderness, and more in Alaska, the Yukon, and elsewhere.


March 8–11, 2023
Seattle, Washington

Seattle Convention Center