Katya Cengel has written about everything from retired dancing bears in Bulgaria to the world’s largest machine gun shoot in Kentucky. Her work has appeared in National Geographic, Salon and Esquire among others, and regularly appears in Newsweek.
Her first book, “Bluegrass Baseball: A Year in the Minor League Life,” published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2012, was one of five finalists for the 2013 Kentucky Literary Award. See what San Francisco Giants' commentator Marty Lurie, the San Diego Union-Tribune, New York Journal of Books, milb.com, Baseball America are saying about it and read an excerpt. Or just order it!
She will be at the Whittier College Shannon Center Bookfaire March 14-15, 2014. In spring of 2014 she will be teaching courses on cross-cultural reporting and journalism at U.C. Berkeley Extension.
Her 2013 National Geographic story on inmates fighting the California Rim fire was one of the first to focus on inmate crews at the massive blaze. Aljazeera America rated it one of their top stories of the week and HuffPost Live had her on their show. During the year she also covered college genetic courses that allow students to test their own DNA for Salon, little foreign wars with possible big consequences for World Affairs and Kenyan marathoner Wesley Korir for Sports Illustrated.com.
From Myanmar she reported on the youth scene and former child soldiers for Newsweek and rape as a weapon of war for Time. Look for more stories from Southeast Asia in the coming months and be sure to catch her at the Whittier Bookfaire in March.