As a writer, I am inspired when my senses are stimulated by both the familiar and the new, this is why I feel so invigorated by travel and writing about places and people I encounter on my sojourns. Working primarily with short form fiction and travel narratives, my work has made appearances both in print and online.
The portfolio is divided into three easy sections for you to peruse, complete with writing samples. Thank you for your time and attention. I hope you enjoy.
Sojourner Walker is a fiction and travel writer, enthusiastic yogi and curious traveler. Currently working on a collection of short stories, she splits her time between Brooklyn, New York and Brandywine, Maryland.
What I’ve Written:
“Quick City Excursions When Visiting New York” – November 2, 2011, TravMonkey.com
“When it comes to cities in the Northeastern part of the United States, New York City draws in the majority of visitors. This is only natural, as there is no place quite like New York. This being said, the Northeastern part of the U.S. is also home to several noteworthy cities that are a quick day trip or overnight excursion away. So the next time you make the trek to New York for an extended stay, schedule some time as well to visit some of the other unique and historic cities the region has to offer.”
“When in Zanzibar” – January 28, 2010, TravMonkey.com
“The Sauti Za Bursura festival is truly a multicultural affair, bringing locals, tourists and Afro-files together. It was here last year where I first experienced the sultry pleasure of Tarab music, a mixture of Arabic beats, Arabic, and soulful Swahili. I was even fortunate enough to see the grand dame of Zanzibari Tarab music, Bi Kidude perform live.”
“Missed the bus? It’s Time To Explore” – August 27, 2009, TravMonkey.com
“Mozambique is known as “Terra de beau gents”- land of the good people and you’ll find plenty of them in and around Maputo despite its reputation for being rough and dangerous. Maputo is gritty and yes, as with any big city you must exercise caution, but there is also another side to the city where life and humanity thrive set against the backdrop of the Indian Ocean.”
“One Hundred Legs” – 2009, Long Story Short
“Back and forth she roamed. In her mind, she no longer had a home. What she had was a dream invaded. Chin up, shoulders back, she marched forward. Down the street, down the block, belongings slung over her shoulder, her home growing more and more distant. It was her new life. She was a refugee really, driven from her home by a force too strong for her to bear.”
“Serendip” – 2009, Long Story Short
“ I am tired. The kind of tired where you can feel your eyelids sweat. And I’m anxious to be home and irritated that I’m sitting on a cold hard bench waiting for the train on a Friday night around 8pm. I am pretending to be engrossed in my book, in an attempt to ward off potential conversationalists. An older gentleman sits next to me. I give him a sideways glance to make sure he isn’t a crazy and satisfied, continue performing my role as a serious and intense bibliophile.”
“Beyond the resorts: 5 Ways to support local communities on your next trip”– October 19, 2008, TravMonkey.com
“Part of the allure of traveling to a new nook in the world is sampling the cuisine. When traveling to the developing world that can be scary because it is hard at times to know what you can and can’t eat. Many tourists make the mistake of eating only at resorts or ex-pat owned establishments where the food is not only familiar, but typically very safe. You can get some great food this way, food that reminds you of home and at times while abroad that can be very comforting; however to truly experience a culture through its cuisine, you’ve got to take the plunge. “
“The Door of No Return” – May 2008, Pilot Guides www.pilotguides.com/community/travel_writers/ghana_door_no_return.php
“Ghana has a smell. It’s familiar and distant, like plants, humidity, smoke and burning wood. It’s an earthy comforting aroma. As comforting as the dusty red road that leaves its residue on my bare feet and ankles.”
“Connecting With Africa” – December 2007 (Issue No.5-6), About Time Magazine
“Africa is the continent of my origin, and I felt a strong connection to it. At the same time, it seemed a terrible waste of my productivity to vacation in an African country for the sake of a vacation, when there were so many needs particularly in the area of education, my specialty. It was also crucial for me to have the opportunity to connect with the people of the country where I would be going, something that would be virtually impossible from a resort catered towards the comforts and whims of Westerners.”