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Rolf Potts      

American Travel Writer, Essayist & Author, Lecturer at Yale, Director of the Paris Writing Workshop

Potts directs the summer creative writing workshop at the Paris American Academy,and he was the 2011-2012 ArtsEdge Writer-in-Residence at the University of Pennsylvania. He currently teaches nonfiction writing at Yale University.

Potts has reported from over sixty countries for dozens of major venues, including National Geographic Traveler, The New Yorker, Outside, Slate.com, National Public Radio, and the Travel Channel. Rolf is perhaps best known for promoting the ethic of independent travel, and his book on the subject, Vagabonding has been through twenty-one printings and translated into several foreign languages. His newest book is "Marco Polo Didn't Go There."

Potts has written two books, Vagabonding and Marco Polo Didn't Go There. His travel writing has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Outside, Salon.com, Slate.com, The Guardian, and World Hum. His non-travel essays and criticism have appeared in The New Yorker, The Believer, the New York Times Magazine, and the digital versions of The Nation and The Atlantic.

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