About

Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
Howard Thurman

I have been writing since I was seven years old and I have no intention of stopping anytime soon. Currently, I am an editor of product content at REI, a contributing editor (formerly associate editor) at Trail Runner magazine, and a running columnist for OutdoorsNW magazine. I am the author of a forthcoming hiking guidebook in Colorado.

My writing and photography have also appeared in/on Outside Online, Paste magazine, Red Bull Adventure, REI Co-op Journal, iRunFar, RootsRated, Gear Institute, Run the Alps, and Trail Run Project. I also publish “an irregular digest of storytelling projects on writing, reading, running, traveling, being human, and exploring the outdoors” here on Tiny Letter. I earned my degree in creative writing at Oberlin College, with some continuing educationpart formal, part DIYin web design and development.

When I’m not storytelling, I can be found running mountain trails, snowboarding, skate skiing, traveling, riding my Swiss Bob sled, doing yoga, reading books, journaling, cooking, baking, drinking dark boozy beer, or striking up enthusiastic conversation with strangers.

I currently live in the mossy, fern-laden paradise that is the Pacific Northwest.

Yitka Winn running in Iceland.

Running in northern Iceland, on assignment for Trail Runner magazine. Photo by David Clifford.

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