Kira Salak was awarded the Writers at Work Fellowship and the AWP/Prague Fellowship for non-fiction.
Kira Salak was born in Illinois in 1971, and regularly travels to the world's furthest flung places on assignment for National Geographic and their Adventure magazine. She was the first person to canoe solo 600 miles down the River Niger to Timbuktu and her story for National Geographic about the civil war and mountain gorillas in Congo was nominated for America's prestigious 2003 National Magazine Awards (Best Feature and Investigative Reporting). After finishing a 700-mile cycling trip across Alaska to the Arctic Ocean, she received her PhD in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Missouri in Columbia. Kira Salak's work regularly appears in a host of literary travel journals and her first book, Four Corners- A journey to the heart of Papua New Guinea, was chosen by the New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of the Year.
"It is, like all the best travel narratives, a resonant interior journey, and offers wisdom for our times."--Edward Marriott, author of The Lost Tribe "Kira Salak is tough, a real life Lara Croft...unlike many travel writers, she is hip to her inner workings."--"New York Times" "Kira Salak is a rare find - a gifted storyteller who is also a daring journeywoman."--Mary Morris, author of Nothing To Declare: Memoir of a Woman Travelling Alone