Lavinia Spalding is an award-winning writer and editor. She is series editor of The Best Women’s Travel Writing and author of two books: Writing Away: A Creative Guide to Awakening the Journal-Writing Traveler, and With a Measure of Grace, the Story and Recipes of a Small Town Restaurant. She introduced the reissued e-book edition of Edith Wharton’s classic travelogue, A Motor-Flight Through France, and her work has appeared in many print and online publications, including Yoga Journal, Sunset magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco magazine, The Guardian UK, Tin House, Post Road, World Hum, Lonely Planet’s An Innocent Abroad, and The Best Travel Writing, volumes 9 and 10. Lavinia teaches writing and journaling workshops and is available for speaking engagements, private editing, and coaching. She is a member of the San Francisco’s Writers’ Grotto, faculty of the annual Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference, and co-founder of San Francisco’s award-winning monthly travel reading series Weekday Wanderlust. She currently lives in New Orleans.

But time is one thing we have been given, and we have been given to time. Time gives us a whirl. We keep waking from a dream we can’t recall, looking around in surprise, and lapsing back, for years on end. All I want to do is stay awake, keep my head up, prop my eyes open, with toothpicks, with trees.” –Annie Dillard