Simran Sethi is a writer, speaker, and educator focused on food, sustainability, and social change. Named one of the “50 Most Influential Global Indians” by Vogue India and the environmental “messenger” by Vanity Fair, Simran has written for outlets including Smithsonian, The Wall Street Journal, Food & Wine, National Geographic Traveler, Forbes, The New Food Economy, The Washington Post, and The Guardian. Before her work in journalism and academia, she worked in the world of media production, and eventually hosting and on-camera work, for a number of high-flying networks like MTV, PBS, and the Sundance Channel, and NBC where she was a correspondent for shows like NBC News, Today, and Nightly News.
Victor Yang is a queer writer and organizer, who grew up, in his words, in Canada, rural China, and Kentucky. A former Rhodes Scholar, he has focused a large part of his career and experience in giving a voice to those who don’t have voices, or who often have those voices taken away. Whether it is his volunteer work in family casework for single mothers of color, direct action AIDS activism, work with low-wage workers unions in the Northeastern United States, or efforts to push the administration to launch the first summit on race in the 800-year history of Oxford University—he has been fighting for immigrant and labor justice for over a decade.
He shares his own stories, some of the stories of the folks he has encountered (whether broadly or specifically), and his difficulties, defeats, and joys as an organizer through his short essays and articles in a variety of publications like The Rumpus, Tahoma Literary Review, and Gulf Coast magazine. Victor has landed residencies and awards for his writing, including the coveted 2018 Chertkov Fellow with the Blue Mountain Center in upstate New York.Continue reading
Stephanie Lee is a writer, nutritionist, video gamer, and digital nomad who has built her voice and platform around the fact that she will tell you exactly how it is—directly to your face. With a portfolio of clips from publications and websites like The New York Times, Lifehacker, GQ, Thrillist, Vice, New York Magazine, and Women’s Health, she definitely has the cred to back up her writing prowess. Before embarking on the more location-independent life of a digital nomad and freelance writer, she has played video games and written about it for IGN, studied nutrition and fitness—and written about it—for Bodybuilder.com, and currently works with Ramit Sethi’s Growth Lab, doing media strategy and … you guessed it … writing.
Stephanie’s website, FY!S (Fuck Yes! Saturday, or thefyslife.com) is a manifesto on the good, the awesome, and the fugly about the unconventional life of an aspiring or current digital nomad. Here, she strives to give the real stories and information, while still sharing the unicorns and gumdrops (cause hey, when you can work all over the world from your laptop, there are bound to be unicorns and gumdrops—just sometimes they poop, and or get hard and crack your teeth, hopefully not simultaneously!).Continue reading
Mason Currey is a writer, editor, and author living in Los Angeles. His work has appeared in publications like The New York Times and Slate, and before he took to writing full-time, he worked in journalism and magazines, working his way up from Assistant to the Publisher to Managing Editor at Metropolis magazine, then working as the Executive Editor at Print magazine and Senior Editor at Core77.
A writer at heart, he found himself wanting to sit down and work on the book he wanted to write, only to hit major writer’s block—if he was even able to make time with that busy schedule. This led him to start seeking out the habits and rituals of other prominent creatives, seeing if he could find inspiration for his own project. As he read more, he realized that others might be interested in such material, and began compiling and curating some of the most fascinating (and frankly mundane) routines that led to some of the greatest pieces of art and literature in his first book, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work.
With famous fans ranging from Lena Dunham to Tim Ferriss, my favorite review of the book comes from The Literary Review, stating that it is “a delightful book, full of quirks and oddities.” Realizing after publication that the book featured a predominantly male subject demographic, he set about researching famous women’s daily rituals soon after, and his newest book Daily Rituals: Women at Work comes out today—in March 2019 for those not listening on March 5!Continue reading