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BOOKLUST, WANDERLUST: The story of Jo Parfitt and her expat press, Summertime Publishing

Attention displaced bookworms! As our book review columnist, Beth Green, an American expat in Prague (she is also an Adult Third Culture Kid), is still honeymooning (literally—congratulations, Beth!), we have loaned her space this month to seasoned expat and freelance writer Ana McGinley, who will tell us the story of a well-known international creative in […]

DIARY OF AN EXPAT WRITER: Testing one, two, three…Can anybody hear me?

Today we welcome a brand new columnist, the up-and-coming author Shannon Young. This past summer, Shannon announced she’d cut 18 inches off her hair, quit her day job to become a full-time writer, and given herself a pen name for her new series of adventure novels. And, yes, she is an expat, a kind of […]

THE LADY WHO WRITES: Expats, there may be a novel in your novel life!

Meagan Adele Lopez has always been on the move. By the time she was 12, she had lived in 12 places within the U.S. As a young adult, she moved to Paris and then Bristol, UK. She repatriated to the U.S. but recently crossed The Pond again to settle in London. Meagan’s talents include actress, […]

And the November 2013 Alices go to … these 5 international creatives

If you are a subscriber to our weekly newsletter, Displaced Dispatch, you’re already in the know. But if you’re not (and why aren’t you? off with your head!), listen up. Every week, when that esteemed publication comes out, we present an “Alice Award” to a writer or other kind of creative person who we think […]

And the October 2013 Alices go to … these 4 international creatives

If you are a subscriber to our weekly newsletter, Displaced Dispatch, you’re already in the know. But if you’re not (and why aren’t you? off with your head!), listen up. Every week, when that esteemed publication comes out, we present an “Alice Award” to a writer or other kind of creative person who we think […]

As an expat, is it my place to join another country’s political protest?

Just after the street protests broke out in Brazil last month, Megan Farrell, an American who lives in São Paulo with her Brazilian spouse, contributed a guest post to the Displaced Nation. Megan was very honest in admitting that she had previously taken little notice of politics or social issues in Brazil: Being displaced … […]

Love Living Overseas: An interview with Michelle Garrett aka The American Resident

In April’s Alice Awards we featured expat blogger Michelle Garrett (an American who has made a home for herself in Britain). She won an “Alice” for her most recent column in Expat Focus, in which she asked readers whether their experience living abroad has inspired them to write a book. Michelle’s column certainly struck a chord with us here at The Displaced […]

And the May 2013 Alices go to … these 4 international creatives

As subscribers to our weekly newsletter will hopefully have noticed by now, each week our Displaced Dispatch presents an “Alice Award” to a writer who we think has a special handle on the curious and unreal aspects of the displaced life of global residency and travel. Not only that, but this person has used their […]

WORLD OF WORDS: The travail of travel abroad with a group of middle schoolers (1/2)

What is it like to tour France with a bunch of American middle schoolers? It involves travel, for sure, but also no small amount of travail, as Marianne Bohr, who besides being a writer is a teacher of middle-school French, discovered this past spring break. This month we present Part One of her lively travel/travail-ogue; […]

BECAUSE WE (ALMOST) MISSED IT: Best of expat nonfiction 2015

As some readers may recall, I posted, at the end of January, a “best of” list of fiction works by, for, and about expats and other international creatives that came out in 2015. I know, I know, it should have come out in early December. And now it’s nearly the end of February, and I […]