COLLEEN KINDER is a travel writer and photographer, soon to be based on a boat. In 2015, She is sailing from Hawaii to London the long way, onboard Semester at Sea.
Colleen's work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, A Public Space, The Atlantic.com, National Geographic Traveler, Salon.com, Creative Nonfiction, and The New York Times Travel Section.
Her essays have been anthologized in The Best American Travel Writing 2013, Readings For Writers, The Best Women's Travel Writing, 20-Something Essays by 20-Something Writers, and The Innocent Abroad.
Colleen is the author of Delaying the Real World (Running Press, 2005), a book about avoiding cubicle life after college. Over 25,000 noble slackers bought this book, and Colleen loves when they write her to say, "still in Jakarta..."
Colleen graduated from Yale College and received her MFA at the University of Iowa. She teaches essay and travel writing at Yale and a Yale Summer Session immersive travel writing course in Auvillar, France, which she designed in 2014. Colleen joined Oregon State University's new MFA program in Bend as a distinguished visiting writer.
In 2013, Colleen co-founded Off Assignment with Vince Errico. The idea sprang out of Pico Iyer's visit to Colleen's travel writing class at Yale. Rather than just tell her students about his essays, Pico shared what he'd left out of his essays. It was riveting. Colleen created Off Assignment as a reading series in the fall of 2013, and is currently working with Vince to make OA a non-profit and an online publication, devoted to the stories behind glossy magazine and front-page news stories.