Stephen Benz has published two books of travel essays—Guatemalan Journey (University of Texas Press, 1996) and Green Dreams: Travels in Central America (Lonely Planet, 1998). Two of his essays have been selected for The Best American Travel Writing (2003, 2015). Topographies, a new book of essays, will be published by Etruscan Press in 2019. Formerly a writer for Tropic, the Sunday magazine of the Miami Herald, he now teaches professional writing at the University of New Mexico and is working on a book about American travelers in Cuba. For more, see his website www.stephenconnelybenz.com.