Kyle Cassidy is the editorial director and senior staff writer at Wend magazine, an internationally circulated adventure travel journal. He has received several professional writing accolades, including a Society of Professional Journalists award and two Nina Mae Kellogg awards in the category of reporting. He has taught nonfiction writing at Portland State University and served two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kyrgyzstan. Kyle's work has appeared in Willamette Week, Hipfish Monthly, Metroscape Magazine, and Wend. His writing is regularly syndicated by various online news organizations and can be found padding garbage cans at the New Yorker.