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Julie Schwietert Collazo is a bilingual (English-Spanish) writer, editor, and translator whose work covers a wide range of topics and interests, from art to science and from food to Pope Francis.

A former creative arts therapist, Julie left the field of social work and psychotherapy in 2004 to live abroad and to focus on her own writing full-time. In the years since, she has interviewed a First Lady and Ferran AdrĂ­a, has covered the state visit of a royal, was one of the few journalists permitted to visit the US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay in 2008, and has co-written/edited a book about Pope Francis, which to date has been translated into 10 languages.

And those are just the highlights.

She has lived in San Juan, Puerto Rico and Mexico City, and has traveled to plenty of other countries besides, though she’s not one of those annoying people who counts passport stamps or ticks visited countries off a list.

Lest you think her life is all glamour all the time, fear not: she’s received hundreds of rejection slips (or, worse, no response at all) and has often lived on the precipice of financial ruin, as most writers do.

She has written for a number of print and online magazines, including National Geographic Traveler, Outside, Scientific American, DISCOVER, Saveur, Latina, and TIME (full list of magazines here) and has contributed to several books (full list of book projects here).

She is currently at work on the sixth edition of the travel guidebook Moon New York State, of which she is the sole author.

She lives in New York City with her children and her husband, the photographer Francisco Collazo.