Alex Leviton is a journalist, travel writer, consultant, writing instructor and humorist. Since 2002, she has co-authored over two dozen guidebooks for Lonely Planet, most recently focusing on social psychology with titles like HAPPY and CALM. She recently worked as a series editor for The Guardian and a travel reporter for USA Today and contributed to TRUMP’S AMERICA, a humor book with editor Scott Dikkers, co-founder of The Onion. She is currently writing a book and workbook about finding your creative voice through writing and play.
Alex began her career teaching ASL (American Sign Language) and working with Deaf children. She’s also been a standup comic, bellydancer and waitress on a boat in Turkey, editorial director, wedding coordinator, startup co-founder, improv performer, and artist’s model. She studied Religious Studies and Philosophy at a hippie university, and received her master’s in journalism from UC Berkeley in 2002. She’s led travel writing scholarships in China, Morocco and Germany; spoken on travel in the US, UK and Italy; and led workshops for Lonely Planet authors and staff in Melbourne and San Francisco. She was the founding Editorial Director of the travel website Gogobot, where she began a highly coveted internship program and mentored dozens of interns and writers.
In 2003, Alex conceived of, created and led a creative professional collaboration group in North Carolina and she has since led similar groups around the country. In 2005-2006, she taught personal essay classes through Duke University and, in 2007, she taught Having Something to Say to high school students at 826 Valencia in San Francisco. As a manager, coach and consultant, Alex has mentored or coached hundreds of writers, CEOs, artists, entrepreneurs, physicians, dancers, and startup founders on finding their voice, whatever that might be.
On a good day, Alex is 4’9″.