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Michelle Theall    

Editor in Chief of Alaska Magazine, Author, "Teaching the Cat to Sit"

Michelle Theall started her career in publishing twenty years ago and is currently the editor-in-chief of Alaska Magazine. Her memoir, Teaching the Cat to Sit, about growing up gay and Catholic in the Texas Bible Belt inspires timely discussion about the modern issues of family, motherhood, bullying, and faith.

She has appeared on NBC Today, MSNBC, The Travel Channel, and the Fox Sports Network. The author of two health books, Theall’s syndicated health and fitness column ran with McClatchy Tribune for several years, and she garnered two prestigious Folio Awards for her work with Women’s Adventure magazine (a title she created in 2003 and sold in 2008). More recently, Theall won two awards of excellence from the North American Travel Journalists’ Association for her feature and editorial writing. And her feature essay, All That’s Left is God, earned a 2011 GLAAD Media Award nomination.

As the editor-in-chief and creative director at Women’s Adventure, Theall published works from Rick Bass, Terry Tempest Williams, and Pam Houston.

Theall owns and runs the Creative Conferences, allowing writers and photographers to learn from Pulitzer-nominated industry professionals. Her staff, speakers, and faculty come from National Geographic, Outside, Men’s Journal, Travel & Leisure, Shape, Skiing, Entertainment Weekly, and The New York Times.

Her adventure travel, environment, health, editorial columns, and sports articles and essays have appeared in national magazines including, Health, UtneReader, Natural Solutions, Alternative Medicine, 5280, and Women’s Adventure. She has also worked for Backpacker, Climbing, VeloNews, InsideTriathlon, Recording, Dandelion, and Women’s Sports + Fitness magazines.

She lives in Boulder, Colorado with her partner of 15 years, their son, and three pups.

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