Writer, independent radio producer, and singer-songwriter Carla Seidl has a BA from Harvard in Expression and Culture Studies and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College, where she received the Spirit of Goddard Scholarship for commitment to “advancing cultures of rigorous inquiry, collaboration, and lifelong learning, where individuals take imaginative and responsible action in the world.” She is also a graduate of the radio program at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.
Fluent in French, Spanish, and spoken Azerbaijani, her search for the ideal way of life has taken her around the world: Carla has taught on the Galápagos Islands of Ecuador, led living history tours in Death Valley, done organic farming in Italy, worked as a private cook on Fishers Island, pursued storytelling research in Argentina, studied Chilean folklore in Santiago, Chile, and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Azerbaijan, Togo, and Benin.
Her writing has been published in Perceptive Travel, Newfound Journal, Schwa Fire, Mountain Xpress, and Legacy Magazine, and her radio documentaries have aired on Weekend America, The Splendid Table, and World Vision Report. She has released two albums of original folk music, Under My Skin and Who Are My People?, and an ethnographic memoir, The Sophisticated Savage. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.