Alison Karlene Hodgins is the Online Editorial and Community Manager for explore magazine, a Canadian outdoor adventure publication. She was born in Grande Prairie, Alberta, and has lived, worked and studied in France, England, Scotland and South Korea. Alison currently lives in Burnaby, British Columbia.
Alison has been published by The Globe and Mail, Canadian Traveller, HI Hostels, Cottage Life, World Nomads, explore, the Huffington Post, Archive, British Columbia Magazine and Chicken Soup for the Soul.
In 2012, Alison won the Writer’s Guild of Alberta’s Amber Bowerman Memorial Travel Writing Award for her nonfiction piece about travelling through Australia. In 2017, she received the Thompson Rivers University Medal of Journalism for attaining the highest grades in the faculty.
Alison holds a Writing and Publishing Diploma from Okanagan College, a Bachelor of Journalism Degree with Honours from Thompson Rivers University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction from the University of King’s College.
In 2014, Alison edited, designed and published a collection of travel-related essays, poems and short stories in a chapbook titled Rove. All forty copies sold out at the initial book launch.
Alison has read her work at literary events in Kelowna, Halifax, Edmonton and New York. In addition to her full-time editing position, she offers copy-editing services and freelances for various publications.
Why I write
From the time I could read, I loved creative writing. When I was 14 years old, I entered a writing contest in Edmonton without telling anyone. I was delighted when I received a letter stating that I’d won an honorary mention, and my poem would be published in a small chapbook along with other young writers from Alberta.
It gave me the courage to tell my parents that I wanted to be a writer. “You’ll never make money doing that,” my mom scoffed.
Challenge accepted, I entered another competition and won first prize. This time, the letter came with a cheque for $200. I proudly showed my parents that I could make money writing. They laughed, shook their heads, and embraced my passion for success.
The Best Job Ever
Today, I live in beautiful British Columbia and work full-time for explore magazine as the Online Editorial and Community Manager. I also write about my adventures on my personal travel blog, Alison’s Adventures.
My Awesome Education
I hold a Writing and Publishing Diploma from Okanagan College, a Bachelor of Journalism with honours from Thompson Rivers University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction from the University of King’s College. During my studies, I received numerous awards and scholarships for maintaining the highest grades in my faculty.
My Work-In-Progress Memoir
Since my first trip to Amsterdam at 11 years old, I have travelled to over 35 different countries. I’ve always identified myself as a backpacker, but after breaking my back snowboarding in France at 20 years old, I can’t carry a backpack anymore.
Still, I feel so lucky to be able to can walk, hike, travel, camp and explore—and despite some limitations, I do it now more than ever before.
If you are an editor, agent or publisher curious to hear more or read my manuscript, please reach out to me via the Contact page.
Find my full CV here: alisonkarlene.pressfolios.com
Thank you for joining me on this adventure!