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 has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal.
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.
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.
“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
Amanda Festa is the managing editor at Literary Traveler. She has been with Literary Traveler since 2011. She graduated from UMass Boston in 2007 with a degree in English and Women’s Studies. After graduation, 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. Amanda is a lifelong Bostonian, but loves to travel and explore new places. In her free time, she writes about pop culture and women on television at girlpocalypse. Her interests include reading, writing, DIY craft projects, trying new restaurants and laughing as much as possible. Follow her on Twitter @mandafesta.
Antoinette Weil is the marketing coordinator and a contributing editor at Literary Traveler. She started with Literary Traveler 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. She dabbled in various jobs including substitute teaching, bartending, and writing for an online news and entertainment publication before stumbling across the Literary Traveler Internship. Outside of writing, Antoinette enjoys travel, politics, talk radio, cold beer, and strong coffee. Check out more of her work, or follow her on Goodreads and Twitter @aweil27.
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 and contributing to Somerville Café Blog, Arts at the Armory’s Events Review. Follow her on Twitter @jessicamonk3.
Carly Cassano is a contributing editor (formerly editorial director) She began working for Literary Traveler in 2009 as a freelance blogger. Originally from Buffalo, New York, 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 and began working as a database content editor for Generate, Inc., a start-up acquired by Dow Jones in 2008. She has traveled in the United States and Europe. Carly plays the bassoon in the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra and chamber groups, and enjoys live music, backpacking, bicycle riding, reading, writing and talking.
Jennifer Ciotta is a contributing editor (formerly editorial director) at Literary Traveler. She graduated from Bucknell University with a B.A. in English, including a semester abroad at the University of the West Indies in Barbados. Following graduation, 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. She has been working with Literary Traveler since 2005.
Katy Kelleher is a contributing editor at Literary Traveler and a new resident to the state of Maine. 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 is now employed as the Managing Editor of Dispatch Magazine, a lifestyle and culture magazine based in Portland. At Dispatch, she covers everything from craft breweries to out-of-the-way beaches (and she loves her job). Along with being a frequent contributor to Literary Traveler, Katy also helps with video production, script writing, and general blogging duties.
Her travel dreams include hiking through the peaks of Southern Chile, bathing in the hot springs in Iceland and taking in the wildlife in South Africa. Her favorite books are either about ghosts, the apocalypse, fairy tales, or scrappy girls who take on the world. She adores Margaret Atwood and makes a mean spaghetti carbonara.
Melissa Mapes is a freelance social media consultant and writer in Washington, DC. She is currently pursuing her M.A. in Media & Public Affairs while working as a Teaching Assistant for documentary and multimedia classes. 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.
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. Caitlin still works as a graphic designer on various projects, and she enjoys art, travel, and spending time in Maine.
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. After graduation, she spent the summer waiting tables and dreaming of being a writer. She is currently pursuing an MFA in non-fiction. Kelsey’s interests enjoy lots of reading, lots of running, and most outdoor activities.
Loretta Donelan is an editorial intern at Literary Traveler. She is a sophomore at Emerson College, where she’s studying writing, literature, and publishing with a concentration in nonfiction. She hails from Peterborough, NH, the town upon which Thornton Wilder’s Our Town was based. She has worked as a freelance writer for Hollywood.com, The Faster Times, and Time Warner Cable’s RoadRunner.com. She has lived in Vienna, Austria and traveled to many European countries, and she’d love to do a lot more traveling. Bill Bryson inspired her to be a travel writer, though she also really wants to write about feminism. Follow her Twitter @LorettaDonelan.
Wesley Sharer is an editorial intern 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.
Alyssa Smith is an editorial intern at Literary Traveler. She graduated from Tufts University in 2011, majoring in International Relations and English. After graduation, Alyssa moved home to Japan where she worked at various international schools as a Kindergarten teacher, volleyball coach, and tutor. She returned to Boston in 2013 with more books than clothing in her suitcases. Alyssa spends her most of time reading, writing, and collecting used books that will satisfy her craving for travel.
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