Terri Peterson Smith
Winner of IFWTWA's 2015 Excellence in Journalism Award, Terri Peterson Smith is Minneapolis area freelance writer specializing in science and travel. Her work has been featured in USA Today, Acura Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Continental, National Geographic Green Guide, Scientific American.com and many others. She has written about an incredible array of subjects and people, from dismantling bombs in the former Soviet Union and making electricity from microbes, to Broadway shows, mice, and potential cures for cancer. She was the 2008 recipient of the Michael DeBakey Journalism Award from the Foundation for Biomedical Research. Her book, "Off the Beaten Page: The Best Trips for Lit Lovers, Book Clubs, and Girls on Getaways" received the 2014 Independent Publishers Book Award for travel/guidebook and the Midwest Travel Writers' 2015 Mark Twain Award for best travel book. Library Journal called it “a bookworm’s dream” saying, “this title is an inspiring, unique read. Book clubs and the literary-minded will love it for the travel ideas, book lists, and delightful commentary on each city’s history. Highly recommended.” Terri also speaks regularly on the topic of literary travel. You can also follow Terri's travels on her blog, www.offthebeatenpagetravel.com, as she explores the places where literature and travel intersect, shares ideas for book club travel, and examines the ways in which great authors give us a better understanding of the places we travel. She received a BA in history and journalism from the University of Michigan and an MA in journalism from Indiana University. Born and raised in Michigan, she currently lives in Edina, MN (near Minneapolis) with her trophy husband and a big dog.