Do you know that special feeling when your long-time dream finally comes true? The type of dream that most people told you was completely unattainable, but you kept working on it anyway because you just couldn’t let go? For 25 years I wanted to see my name on a cover of a book, and I finally will. I am writing it right now, for Chicago University Press.
Oh, and thanks for stopping by! Please browse through my stories in the top slider or on my portfolio page, check out my latest story, Reinventing the Toilet about a lavatorial revolution bubbling up in Madagascar, and take a look at my two award-winning features, The Sailing Farmer and The Magic Poop Potion. And if you like what you see, please follow me @linazeldovich. Like every writer out there, I need readers! In the meantime, I hope you don’t mind if I share some more news.
March 2018 & November 2017: Whaddaya know, I just won my third and forth awards for stories about… poop! Or more precisely, for a story about sanitation and toilets that use no water and no flush. Reinventing the Toilet: A Lavatorial Revolution Bubbles up in Madagascar. Poop rules. Always!
March 2017: Good news come when least expected. I was stuck in a Madagascar cyclone, soaked to the bone and slipping in mud, when an email came and told me I got the 2017 Marine Biological Laboratory Fellowship! That means more muddy adventures because I’ll be puttering in the coastal marshes of New England. Mud and marshes, here I come. I’m sure I’ll dig up some great stories!
February 2017: Some hot news in winter! “Love, Sex, Hollywood, and the Making of Puerto Vallarta,” originally published in TravelWorld International Magazine, won NATJA’s Historical Travel Award.
December 2016: Thrilled to be mentioned in the New York Times for my “United We Fish!,” longform narrative feature in Hakai Magazine—in the “journalism of seeking solutions” theme by David Bornstein, who did the 2016 round-up. A nice year-end gift!
February 2016: Hooray!!! The Sailing Farmer wins Silver in NATJA’s Special Purpose Travel Category! Guess who beat me to Gold? National Geographic Adventure magazine. A good rival to lose to! And a good way to start the year.
January 2016. I am off to Washington DC for a fellowship with the National Press Foundation “What’s New in Covering Cancer.”
May 2015: The Magic Poop Potion just won its second award: The Deadline Club Award: Reporting for Independent Digital Media.
September 2014. The Magic Poop Potion just won a Front Page Award from the Newswomen’s Club of New York!
April 2014: Great news! A story I edited at Nautilus about fire ants’ unstoppable march through the southern states was included in the Best American Science and Nature Writing 2014 anthology. Reported and written by Justin Nobel. Totally thrilled!