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Traci J. Macnamara is a writer and literary critic with publications in magazines, journals, and books including Backpacker, Vegetarian Times, Isotope: A Literary Journal of Nature and Science Writing, the Patagonia catalog, A Leaky Tent is a Piece of Paradise: 20 Young Writers on Finding a Place within the Natural World, and Antarctica: Life on Ice, among others. Traci's book reviews have appeared in High Country News, Denver’s Rocky Mountain News, Sacramento News & Review, the Contemporary Literature site, and NewWest. As the Survival Skills Topic Guide, she wrote more than 100 articles on topics ranging from emergency shelters to wildlife encounters, and she also wrote for the educational technology gurus at Grockit and Learnist during their start-up phases.


Traci received her undergraduate degree in science from the University of Notre Dame (B.S.) and has also earned graduate degrees in curriculum and instruction (M.A., University of Colorado), English literature (M.A., University of Manchester, England), and creative nonfiction writing (M.F.A., Goucher College).


She lives in Colorado and regularly writes for publications including Vail Lifestyle, EAT, Beaver Creek Magazine, Vail Health, Glow, and Vail Valley Home. Traci is a founding editor of Proximity Magazinean assistant editor for Water Environment Federation’s global water publications, and co-founder of the National Science Foundation-funded SquidBooks, where she's also a writer and editor.