Rolf to teach writing classes this summer in Iceland, Paris

As I announced earlier this year, I will once again be teaching a creative nonfiction workshop at the Paris American Academy during the month of July (this Paris workshop also entails fiction and journal-writing classes, taught by novelists John Biguenet and Lauren Grodstein). New to my teaching slate in 2010 is an intensive travel-writing workshop in Reykjavik, Iceland from August 1-8. Organized in conjunction with Angela Ritchie's ACE Camps, this small-group workshop is a great way to experience Iceland while fine-tuning your travel-writing skills in the company of other writers. Class size will be limited to 10 people. I will… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | February 27, 2010
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Rolf to speak in Dallas this Saturday

Since I seem to have fallen behind on updating my Events page, I wanted to announce that I'll be giving a travel presentation in the Dallas area this weekend as part of the Irving Chautauqua series at the Irving Public Library. The event starts at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 13 at the Central Library, 801 W. Irving Blvd. The program is free and open to all ages. Other venues that will be hosting Rolf-events in coming months include: the University of Kansas (late March); the Popular Culture Association conference in St. Louis (early April); Wittenberg University in Ohio (late… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | February 11, 2010
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A few Rolf moments from 2009

Rolf poses with one his favorite travel-writing role-models, adventure scribe Tim Cahill, at Northern California's Book Passage Conference in August Toward the end of each year I usually post a round-up of my travel highlights from the previous 12 months. This year I've been diligent enough with additions to the "Rolf's News and Updates" category that I don't feel I have many new 2009 details to share. Hence, I'll just share a few images from some of my favorite (photographable) moments this year: One of my earliest overseas journeys in 2009 was a February trip to St. Petersburg, Russia. My… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (2)  | December 28, 2009
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Video lecture from Wales, and other Rolf news

Back in September I traveled to rural Wales for the excellent DO Lectures series, which features talks and presentations by cutting-edge experts from a wide variety of disciplines -- from mountaineers to sustainable architects to graphic designers. I spoke on vagabonding and the ethic of long-term travel, and video from that lecture is now available online. My talk is in keeping with similar presentations I've done for my Vagabonding and Marco Polo Didn't Go There books -- only this time (in keeping with the spirit of the gathering) I challenged the audience to make "do" oriented goals for their lives.… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (4)  | November 30, 2009
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Star Trek cruising at World Hum, and other new Rolf dispatches

Just a quick heads-up to let everyone know I have a 5-part travel series appearing online at World Hum this week. Entitled "Where No Travel Writer Has Gone Before," it documents my experience on a Star Trek-themed sea-cruise to Bermuda. What's it like to travel the earth with people who'd rather be in outer space? Find out by reading the series, which will appear in episodic installments each day this week. A video teaser (which includes theme music by film-score composers Rolfe Kent and Meredith Meyer) is online here. Elsewhere, my gonzo Russia dispatch, "St. Petersburg, Vampire-Style," appears in the… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (1)  | November 16, 2009
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Rolf’s fall mini-tour, and new awards for Marco Polo

[Rolf and Kansas first lady Stacy Parkinson at the Kansas Book Awards in Topeka.] A year after its initial publication, my book Marco Polo Didn't Go There has started to receive some awards at the state, national, and international level. A few weeks ago I mentioned that it had received a Kansas Book Award; now, just yesterday, I learned that it has also won a Lowell Thomas Award from the Society of American Travel Writers. "This series of traveler stories is provocative and compelling," the judges wrote. "Rolf Potts' style is personal and the narrative quality high. It's not for… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (8)  | October 12, 2009
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Video: Rolf reads at Shakespeare & Co. in Paris

Part I: Rolf reads from Marco Polo Didn't Go There Over on my RolfPotts.com video page, I recently uploaded a two-part video of my July 2009 reading at Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore in Paris. I've informally read essays there in the past (alongside students from my annual writing workshop at the Paris American Academy) but this is the first time I've done an official event for the bookstore's Monday-evening reading series. Other authors who've participated in this series include Jonathan Safran Foer, Michelle Tea, Dave Eggers, and the fictional writer played by Ethan Hawke in Richard Linklater's 2004 film Before… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (3)  | September 28, 2009
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Rolf’s speaking events in San Francisco (and Wales, and Paris)

Next month I'll be a speaker and panelist at the Book Passage Travel Writers and Photographers Conference, which takes place just north of San Francisco, in Corte Madera, California. The conference runs from August 13-16, and features such travel-writer luminaries as Tim Cahill, Isabel Allende, Don George, Pauline Frommer, Jim Benning, Jen Leo, Linda Watanabe McFerrin, Amanda Jones, Larry Habegger, John Flinn, and Michael Shapiro. I'll speak on a number of panels, including "Developing a Website for Writers," "Advanced Strategies for Freelancers," "Polishing the Travel Article for Submission," and "Extreme Travel: Pushing the Envelope." Full schedule of events at Book… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (1)  | July 20, 2009
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Marco Polo in Italian and other Rolf news

Recent weeks have seen me travel out to Bermuda for World Hum, across Kansas for The Believer, and off to Russia for Afar; articles about these experiences will debut in coming months. Here's what else has been going on for me in the travel-publishing world: My Italian publisher, Ponte alle Grazie, recently sent me the cover art for Marco Polo non ci e mai stato -- the Italian translation of Marco Polo Didn't Go There. Considering that Ponte alle Grazie did such a nice job of translating and promoting Vagabonding ("L'Arte Di Girare il Mondo") for Italian audiences several years… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (3)  | June 1, 2009
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Rolf’s latest articles and interviews (and penguin photos)

Having just returned home after traveling to Russia on assignment for Afar Magazine, I realize it's been awhile since I've blogged about my newest essays and interviews. Here's what I've been up to, writing-wise, in recent weeks: One of my favorite essays of late was Che: The Ronald McDonald of Revolution, which I wrote for World Hum around the time Steven Soderbergh's Che Guevara biopic was hitting movie screens. Since my essay takes issue with both those who adore Che and those who hate him, I expected a fair amount of angry comments when it debuted -- though to date… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | March 9, 2009
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