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Visiting Non-Fiction Writer Rolf Potts

Creative Arts is hosting world-renowned travel writer Rolf Potts on Thursday, April 16, and Friday, April 17.

Potts will read from his work, followed by a book-signing, on Thursday at 7 PM in the Warshof Conference Center (Monroe B). This event is free and open to the public, and parking will be available in Lot N. On Friday, Potts will facilitate a workshop at 12 PM in building 8-200, free and open to the MCC community. Please contact Angelique Stevens at if you’d like a teaching packet and Maria Brandt at with any questions.


Rolf Potts has reported from more than sixty countries for the likes of National Geographic Traveler, The New Yorker,, Outside, the New York Times Magazine, The Believer, The Guardian (U.K.), Sports Illustrated, National Public Radio, and the Travel Channel. Potts is perhaps best known for promoting the ethic of independent travel, and his book on the subject,
Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel (Random House, 2003), has been through fifteen printings and translated into several foreign languages. His newest book, Marco Polo Didn't Go There: Stories and Revelations From One Decade as a Postmodern Travel Writer (Travelers' Tales, 2008), won a 2009 Lowell Thomas Award from the Society of American Travel Writers, and became the first American-authored book to win Italy's prestigious Chatwin Prize for travel writing. Potts currently teaches nonfiction writing at Yale University.

Maria Brandt