Literary Traveler is dedicated to the exploration of the literary imagination. We hope to bring you inspiring, informative articles about writers, creative artists, and the places that they lived and traveled.
Literary Traveler was launched in March of 1998 by the husband and wife team of Francis and Linda McGovern. The McGoverns met while studying English at Suffolk University, in Boston. Their love of literature and travel inspired them to create Literary Traveler. Literary Traveler has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal.
Francis McGovern is the co-founder and founding editor and publisher at Literary Traveler. He was at Walking Magazine and then spent three years at Lycos.com where he served as a product manager for their suite of personalization products including My Fidelity and My Lycos.
Francis has also helped run a search engine consulting practice as well as serve as Vice President of Operations for the reviewed.com network. He has helped to lead and develop many literary tours and loves to discuss books and ideas with a group of travelers as they discover new places.
“We hope that when people read a book, and then visit Literary Traveler to learn about the author, and the places they lived and traveled – they become inspired to read and travel more, and maybe they even start writing themselves. They start exploring their literary imagination – they become part of what they have read and it is always with them.” – Francis McGovern, Co-Founder
Linda McGovern is the co-founder and founding editor for Literary Traveler. She received her Master’s in Interdisciplinary Studies from Lesley University. Before Literary Traveler, she was at The Atlantic Monthly, where she had the opportunity to work with the travel editor Barbara Wallraff. Linda sparked the idea for Literary Traveler the day she and Francis met. Francis took the idea to write and travel the world to heart and and they have been at it ever since.
“Great literature, like great travel is essentially about experience, one you read, the other you live, both reveal what is true. That’s what we are trying to do with Literary Traveler, and when I tell people about it. They say, ‘That is a great idea, it is about time somebody did that.’ ” – Linda McGovern, Co-founder
Alexandra Ruban is a consultant for Literary Traveler. She helps direct editorial staff and interns and along with the editorial team looks for new opportunities. She has a great ability to evaluate a project and understand its strengths and weaknesses and loves seeing it through to launch. She is a world traveler and reader. Just last year she traveled to Turkey, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Thailand and Cambodia. She has her MBA from Babson and a background in technology and management, holding positions at Lycos, Sallie Mae and New York Life. Currently, Alexandra runs a small consulting firm at rbn-consulting.com
Jessica Ellen Monk is a contributing editor at Literary Traveler. She started with Literary Traveler as an intern in 2012. Born and brought up in Cork, Ireland, she is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, where she received her BA in English Studies in 2007 and her MA in Medieval Studies in 2010. Since being in the US, she has worked as a copywriter and a music writer for Tiny Mix Tapes. She currently divides her time between working with Literary Traveler, visual art, and editing. Follow her on Twitter @jessicamonk3
Amanda Festa is a contributing editor at Literary Traveler since 2011. After graduation from UMass Boston in 2007 with a degree in English and Women’s Studies, she spent two years working in radio advertising, before returning to UMass Boston, where she received an M.A. in English with a concentration in literature. In her free time, she writes about pop culture and women on television at girlpocalypse. Follow her on Twitter @mandafesta.
Antoinette Weil is a contributing editor at Literary Traveler since starting first as an intern in 2012. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2008, concentrating on Legal Studies, Communication, and Psychology. Check out more of her work, or follow her on Goodreads and Twitter @aweil27.
Carly Cassano is a contributing editor at Literary Traveler (formerly editorial director) starting with the site in 2009 originally as a freelance blogger. Carly graduated from William Smith college in 2006 with a degree in English. Following an internship at Prometheus Books in Amherst, New York, she moved to Boston. Carly plays the bassoon and enjoys live music, backpacking, bicycle riding, reading, writing and talking.
Jennifer Ciotta is a contributing editor (formerly editorial director) at Literary Traveler. She has been working with Literary Traveler since 2005. After graduation from Bucknell University with a B.A. in English, including a semester abroad at the University of the West Indies in Barbados, she moved to Estonia for the Peace Corps to teach English as a foreign language in a small village for two years. During that time, Jennifer traveled extensively throughout Eastern Europe. At the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University, Jennifer earned her M.A. in Creative Writing and Russian Studies. Jennifer is the author of I, Putin: A Novel, winner of an Honorable Mention at the New York Book Festival. Her editing background includes working for major publishing house Pearson as well as newspaper and magazine editing. Currently, she is an independent book manuscript editor at Pencey X Pages.
Katy Kelleher is a writer and editor living in Portland, Maine and contributing editor at Literary Traveler, and a freelancer for Maine and Maine Home+Design magazines. After spending several years living in Boston and working as a freelance writer for the likes of MSN, NBC Universal, Boston Magazine and The Improper Bostonian, she decided to leave the city and head north. She immediately fell in love with Maine, and plans to stay for a good long time.
Caitlin O’Hara is a contributor at Literary Traveler, who first joined Literary Traveler as an intern in 2013. She graduated from Boston College in 2006 with a degree in Art History. She pursued gallery work and graphic design throughout her twenties, and started a small accessories company, Knot Belt Co., a few years ago. Recently she decided try a return to writing, something she had enjoyed throughout college but never pursued professionally.
Kelsey Liebenson-Morse is a contributor at Literary Traveler, who started with Literary Traveler as an intern in 2012. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2012, where she majored in English. She is currently pursuing an MFA in non-fiction. Kelsey’s interests enjoy lots of reading, lots of running, and most outdoor activities.
Wesley Sharer is a contributing editor at Literary Traveler. He graduated from the University of Vermont in 2012 with a degree in English and film. While his current interests lean towards cinema, more than anything else he just loves a rich and captivating story. His favorite thing to do is break down a narrative into its elementary pieces to see how they fit together. However, he is a huge sucker for science fiction and completely loses his lens of objectivity at the first sign of spaceship. Read more from Wes on his film blog, Screening Notes.
Melissa Mapes is a freelance social media consultant and writer in Washington, DC. She is currently pursuing her M.A. in Media & Public Affairs. Melissa grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, where she relied on great fiction to make it through the cold, dark winters. Melissa attained a B.A. in Creative Writing from Arizona State University in 2008. While there, she wrote a weekly humor column for ASU’s The State Press and was featured in the book America Now.
Shortly after graduating, Melissa won a Fulbright Grant to teach and write in Portugal, where she couch-surfed across Europe and Northern Africa. She has a particular interest in the intersection between travel, literature, and craft beer.
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