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Ace Kvale

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Ace Kvale’s photography is a celebration of the human element—a study of rich cultures and extreme climates, a record of first ascents and descents. His images are powerful yet humble, and his passion for storytelling has translated into a remarkable talent for weaving a complete narrative through pictures.

One of the world’s top adventure photographers, Ace has traveled to more than sixty countries, participated in twenty-five expeditions to Asia and the Himalaya, and he’s worked with many of the world's best athletes. He’s hung from helicopters in the Alps and skied first descents in Alaska. His images have appeared in dozens of magazines, from National Geographic to The National Enquirer. 

Ace has traveled with the Himalayan Cataract Project to Ethiopia and Rwanda to document mobile eye clinics, with the dZi Foundation to Nepal where they help remote villages to build new schools, and with the Kashmir Earthquake Relief Effort to document the plight of the millions affected by the devastating quake of October 2005.

Ace has also made time to earn his black belt in Kenpo Karate, hand-build an off-the-grid timber frame house, and raise his son, Walter. Here in Boulder, Ace's love of all things ancient and sacred finds daily inspiration in prehistoric rock art, Anasazi ruins, and the vast canyon wilderness that surrounds him.

Lavinia Spalding

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Our darling Lavinia is series editor of The Best Women’s Travel Writing, author of Writing Away: A Creative Guide to Awakening the Journal-Writing Traveler, and co-author of With a Measure of Grace, the Story and Recipes of a Small Town Restaurant and This Immeasurable Place: Food and Farming from the Edge of Wilderness.

Lavinia introduced the reissued e-book edition of Edith Wharton’s classic travelogue, A Motor-Flight Through France, and her work has appeared in many print and online publications, including Tin House, Post Road, Yoga Journal, Sunset, Inkwell Journal, Off Assignment, The Guardian UK, San Francisco magazine, Airbnb magazine, Every Day with Rachael Ray, World Hum. Her essays have been anthologized in An Innocent Abroad (Lonely Planet), Days Like This (Independent Bookstore Day), and The Best Travel Writing, volumes 9 and 10.

Lavinia teaches writing workshops and is available for speaking engagements, storytelling workshops for businesses, private editing, and coaching. She is a member of the San Francisco’s Writers’ Grotto and Peauxdunque Writers’ Alliance, a faculty member of the annual Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference, and co-founder of the award-winning monthly travel reading series Weekday Wanderlust. She lives in New Orleans.