[Kristin Vuković in her grandfather’s hometown—Karlovac, Croatia]
I’m honored to have been named a “40 Under 40” honoree by the The National Federation of Croatian Americans Cultural Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the interest of the Croatian people and to enhance the relations between the United States and Croatia through educational advocacy, public policy and political projects and overall media relations.
“We have had so much fun finding and hearing about so many younger Croatians all over this country making their mark in so many uniquely distinct professional ways and within our community,” says Andrea Novak-Neumann, “40 Under 40” committee member and NFCA officer from Minnesota. “We looked nationwide for forty Croatian Americans who have demonstrated leadership, career success and dedication to Croatian causes.”
Organic Spa Magazine’s September/October issue hits stands today! If you’ve been wondering about the significance of 108 or those mala necklaces with tassels you’ve probably seen around town, check out my mala article:
Organic Spa Magazine, September/October 2016: “The Meaning of Malas”/p. 48-49
When the email arrived yesterday to let me know that I’m on the long list for the first annual Cosmonauts Avenue Fiction Prize, I cried. (Also, I received the news just after a yoga class.) Returning to my literary roots has been a goal this year, and I couldn’t have asked for better encouragement to keep pushing on my fiction. Stay tuned for a future issue of Cosmonauts Avenue, where “Barren” will appear.
Thrilled to have two pieces in the quarterly cheese magazine, Culture. I reported about endangered Balkan donkeys in Serbia, and a cheese that is made from their milk. I also wrote an essay that is as much about Croatian Paški cheese as it is about memories of my grandmother’s cooking and connecting with my roots.
Read them here:
Culture, Autumn 2016: “Ruminations: Lost in Translation”/p. 128
Culture, Autumn 2016: “Farm Animal: Liquid Gold”/p. 22
For Organic Spa Magazine’s annual Skin Care Guide, I wrote about products and treatments designed to turn back the clock on aging, as well as Hotel Excelsior in Dubrovnik, which is getting a facelift.
Organic Spa Magazine, Skin Care Guide 2016: “Local Skincare In Croatia”/p. 27
Organic Spa Magazine, Skin Care Guide 2016: “Turn Back Time”/p. 29-30
The areas just outside Frankfurt offer wines of a different nature—check out a couple here:
Fathom, August 2016: “A Drinking Tour of the Sparkling Rhine”
I traveled to Serbia to taste Serbian donkey cheese—the most expensive cheese in the world. Read about my adventures at Zasavica Special Nature Reserve below:
BBC Travel, July 2016: “A cheese made from…donkey milk?”
If you’re headed Down Under and need some R&R, check out these spas:
Organic Spa Magazine, August 2016: “Where to Spa in Sydney”/p. 69
Thanks to Ellis Avery for publishing this short literary piece on Pag island in Croatia. Pag will always hold a special place in my heart.
Click below to read it:
Public Streets/Public Books, May 5 2016: “Cheese in your Bones: The Sheep and Shepherds of Pag”
In this issue of Organic Spa Magazine, I loved interviewing fashion designer/organic food guru Melissa Sweet, who uprooted her New York City life to follow her heart to Costa Rica. Read more about her story and Vida Auténtica here:
Organic Spa Magazine, March/April: “The Authentic Life”/p. 72
I also enjoyed writing about a wellness trip to Puerto Rico and seaweed and salt products that harness the healing power of the sea:
Organic Spa Magazine, March/April: “Healing Seas”/p. 40-41
Organic Spa Magazine, March/April: “A Taste of Island Wellness”/p. 61
Here’s a short one from the May issue, with a great quote from the director of the Spa at the Broodmoor: “If you don’t invest in yourself, you’re not a good investment for others.”
Organic Spa Magazine, May/June: “Women’s Weekend of Wellness at the Broadmoor”