Reading the Signs and other itinerant essays

Reading the Signs and other itinerant essays

Stephen Benz


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Books in the travelogue/travel narrative category are popular and often the kind of thing bookstore browsers pick up. Same goes for “local history.” The author believes the work potentially taps into these two popular categories. The book’s audience would include readers who appreciate carefully reported and engaging narratives—readers of Nathaniel Philbrick, Bill Bryson, William Least Heat Moon, Sarah Vowell, and Hampton Sides, for example.


Stephen Benz:
Along with two books of travel essays—Guatemalan Journey (University of Texas Press) and Green Dreams: Travels in Central America (Lonely Planet)—Stephen Benz has published essays in Creative Nonfiction, River Teeth, TriQuarterly, New England Review, and other journals. Three of his essays have been selected for Best American Travel Writing (2003, 2015, 2019). His poems have appeared in journals such as Nimrod, Shenandoah, and Confrontation as well as in a full-length collection, Americana Motel, published by Main Street Rag Press. Topographies, a collection of essays, appeared in 2019 from Etruscan Press. Formerly a writer for Tropic, the Sunday magazine of the Miami Herald, Benz now teaches professional writing at the University of New Mexico.