Contributor at LuxuryTravel.About.com!

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One of my fondest dreams is to have the opportunity to write about amazing destinations and travel experiences. As the newest member of the LuxuryTravel.About.com team, I’ll get to do just that. Check out my awesome Travel Biography which may be my fave bio yet!

My first story is about the lovely, luxe, and eco-sensitive Sublime Samana, on the Samana peninsula of the Domincan Republic.

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“In the Spotlight” Feature on Sara Jane Mercer’s Site

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Being green fundamentally means understanding that the connection between personal health and environmental health is tied together inextricably. An Eco-Chick is a person who works, in whatever ways are in their power, to reduce their impact, keep informed, and stand up for human, animal and planetary health.

Read more of the Q&A on the Sara Jane Mercer site.

Starre Speaks at Pace University’s “Blogging a Better Planet” Class (Video)

Andrew Revkin is one of the reasons I started writing about the environment in the first place, and he is one of the few reporters who was covering environmental issues before they became commonplace (environmental reporting only became widely-covered topic within the last decade, thanks in part to early bloggers’ tenacity and dedication to the issues, and journalists like Revkin.) We were also neighbors back in my hometown of Garrison, New York, for a time.

So I was so honored to be a guest speaker in Revkin’s “Blogging a Better Planet” class at Pace University (well, virtually) last night. Here’s what I had to say in response to his questions about how I got my start with Eco-Chick, whether I consider myself a journalist, and why I think I’m well-suited to the blogging medium.

According to Revkin’s Wikipedia bio: A reporter for the New York Times from 1995-2009, Revkin currently writes the Dot Earth environmental blog for The Times’ Opinion Pages. He is also Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies at Pace University, as well as a songwriter and musician.

My Coverage of Raleigh Denim in October’s Whole Living Magazine

I first wrote about Raleigh Denim on Eco Chick way back in 2009, and since then, the brand has grown in more ways than just business-wise (though they are going gangbusters in that department as well).

They’ve recently opened an NYC storefront and have expanded their jeans-only line to include all sorts of lovely pieces to go-with denim, like sweet polka-dot shirts and edgy-cool vests.

This made-in-USA (mostly North Carolina, where the designer couple lives) denim company has a great story, which I got to write about in Whole Living magazine’s October issue. I’ve screen-shotted the iPad version here (the mag looks GREAT in it’s new app!) and the third shot below is from the iPad-only video of Raleigh Denim creators, Sarah and Victor, talking about how they make their classic-cool jeans.

Cute screenshot below from the iPad-only Whole Living magazine app – that’s Sarah and Victor!

“Icewalkers” Published at the American Literary Review

I’m excited to announce that I won 2nd Place in the annual American Literary Review’s writing contest for my creative Nonfiction work entitled “Icewalkers,” which is about growing up a tomgirl of sorts in the hamlet of Garrison.

This is what the contest’s judge, Alice Dark, had to say about the piece (which you can read here):

A young girl literally walks on thin ice to prove herself to the local ice skater boys. The premise is a familiar rite of passage for young girls, but this author focuses on descriptions of ice, cold, and winter in a way that gives them symbolic weight and resonance. I liked how this author was able to make complex her 11-year-old self, her decisions both considered and impulsive. The ice is the center here, though; it changes color, moans, tinkles, cracks; it is alive.

I’m very pleased and honored!