Biography and Work


A little background.

I’ve been writing for 15 years for folks like Esquire, National Geographic Traveler, Better Homes & Gardens, Budget Travel, Bon AppetitParents, Midwest Living, Iowa Outdoors, the Chicago Tribune, the St. Paul Pioneer-Press, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and (the dearly departed) Gourmet and many others.

I’m the travel maven for Traditional Home magazine and Midwest expert at AAA Living.

My first book, Running Away to Home, a roots travel journey back to the Croatian mountain village of my ancestors, received the Best Nonfiction of 2011 Award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and the Emerging Iowa Author Award in 2012.
Coupla stories.

“In Defense of Coaches Who Yell”
Esquire.com

“The Elusive Elixir of the Motherland”
Wine Enthusiast

“All You Desire: Sugar Beach”
Traditional Home

Jennifer Wilson interviews with Seth Godin, Erik Larson, Donald Ray Pollack, Jean Thompson
Kirkus Reviews

“Double Bacon Corn Dog!”
Esquire.com

“We’ve Got Some Insurance to Sell You”
Zocalo Public Square

“Roast Pig and Coastal Croatia”
Travel with Rick Steves

“NYC for Families”
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Lost In Iowa”
Iowa Outdoors

“Everything Is Illuminated”
National Geographic Traveler

“The Traveling Man’s Guide to Weekend Cooking Classes”
Esquire

“Mind Body Spirit”
Midwest Living

“Yoga and the Restless”
Frommer’s Budget Travel 

Family Travel: Adventures in Parenting
Travel with Rick Steves

Iowa’s Travel Diva
Iowa Public Radio


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