Katya Cengel has written about everything from retired dancing bears in Bulgaria to the world’s largest machine gun shoot in Kentucky. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, marie claire, Esquire, Salon and Condé Nast Traveller.
Her first book, “Bluegrass Baseball: A Year in the Minor League Life,” published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2012, was one of five finalists for the 2013 Kentucky Literary Award. See what San Francisco Giants' commentator Marty Lurie, the San Diego Union-Tribune, New York Journal of Books, milb.com, Baseball America are saying about it and read an excerpt. Or just order it!
She will be at the Whittier College Shannon Center Bookfaire March 14-15, 2014. In spring of 2014 she will be teaching courses on cross-cultural reporting and journalism at U.C. Berkeley Extension.
Her August National Geographic story on inmates fighting the California Rim fire was one of the first to focus on inmate crews at the massive blaze. Aljazeera America rated it one of their top stories of the week and HuffPost Live had her on their show.
In September for Salon she covered college genetic courses that allow students to test their own DNA; her story about little foreign wars with possible big consequences is in the September/October issue of World Affairs, and several of her stories have been featured in Newsweek magazine. In November her story on marathoner Wesley Korir ran in Sports Illustrated.com.
Look for her story on animal conservation on National Geographic's site in December and for stories from Burma and Southeast Asia where she will be during December and January.