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I’m a travel writer, editor, teacher, and publisher who has been covering the world since I began traveling internationally in the 1970s. As a freelance writer and syndicated columnist for more than 30 years, my work has appeared in many major newspapers and magazines, including the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Travel & Leisure, and Outside. In 1993 I cofounded the award-winning Travelers’ Tales books with James and Tim O’Reilly and am currently executive editor, where I help oversee the company’s publishing program and have worked on all of our 130-plus books.
I teach and coach writers, emphasizing the art of the personal travel story and memoir, and regularly teach at writers conferences. I’m also editor in chief of Triporati.com, editor of The Travel Guide to California, and cofounder of The Prose Doctors, an editors consortium. I live with my family on Telegraph Hill in San Francisco.
New! What the Traveler Said
From my imprint Wooden Walkways Press, check out this collection of quotes from the world’s great travelers: What the Traveler Said: 291 inspiring quotations from the San Francisco Chronicle’s Quotable Traveler column. For five and a half years I compiled these quotes for my weekly column in the Chronicle‘s Travel section. Now you can get them all in one volume. Order from your favorite bookstore (mine is Book Passage), from Indiebound, or, of course, from Amazon or other online booksellers. Available in print or ebook.
Get Great Books at Travelers’ Tales
Every season we publish new books at Travelers’ Tales, whether it’s our reliable Best Travel Writing volumes or our 100 Places Every Woman Should Go series. Sometimes we even publish fiction when we find a great new writer and a book with a strong sense of place. Check out Billy Gogan, American, on travelerstales.com (or see the dedicated website, BillyGogan.com).