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 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 is currently completing her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction through 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.

My story, in my voice:

It all started with a pre-teen trip to Europe and a local writing competition.


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. Fired up, 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 have had my work featured on Zafigo, British Columbia Magazine, BC Living, Canadian Traveller, Cottage Life, World Nomads, Chicken Soup for the Soul and CBC’s Vinyl Café. I also write about my adventures on my personal travel blog, www.aroundtheworldwithalison.com.

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My Awesome Education

I hold a Writing and Publishing Diploma from Okanagan College and a Bachelor of Journalism with honours from Thompson Rivers University. 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 now travelled to 35 different countries. I always identified myself as a backpacker, but after breaking my break snowboarding in France, I can’t carry a backpack anymore. Shortly after losing my physical backbone, I lost the backbone of my family.

My travel memoir, Backbone, explores themes of independence, identity and innocence through Australia, Europe, India and South Korea. I am currently completing the manuscript for this book through my MFA program at the University of King’s College. 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

On to my next

Thank you for joining me on this adventure!