In her travels, Lea Aschkenas has interviewed an exiled Black Panther in Cuba, dined at the house of a police chief who had previously arrested her for fraternizing with locals in Morocco, and gotten lost in a maze of water buffalo trails in the jungles of northern Viet Nam.

Lea currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where she works at a bilingual public library and teaches with the California Poets in the Schools Program. She has written about travel, literature, and life at large for the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, and She is also published in the books, Havana Noir, The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2006, Travelers Tales Central America, Travelers Tales Cuba, The Unsavvy Traveler, Two in the Wild, and Beside the Sleeping Maiden: Poets of Marin.