Michelle Theall: Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau

Michelle Theall

Journalist, Magazine Editor and Author of Teaching the Cat to Sit

Michelle Theall started her career in publishing twenty years ago and is currently the editor-in-chief of Alaska Magazine. Her memoir, Teaching the Cat to Sit, about growing up gay and Catholic in the Texas Bible Belt inspires timely discussion about the modern issues of family, motherhood, bullying, and faith.

She has appeared on NBC Today, MSNBC, The Travel Channel, and the Fox Sports Network. The author of two health books, Theall’s syndicated health and fitness column ran with McClatchy Tribune for several years, and she garnered two prestigious Folio Awards for her work with Women’s Adventure magazine (a title she created in 2003 and sold in 2008). More recently, Theall won two awards of excellence from the North American Travel Journalists’ Association for her feature and editorial writing. And her feature essay, All That’s Left is God, earned a 2011 GLAAD Media Award nomination.

As an entrepreneur, Theall not only started and sold her own magazine and a web site, she owns and runs the Creative Conferences, allowing writers and photographers to learn from Pulitzer-nominated industry professionals. Her staff, speakers, and faculty come from National Geographic, Outside, Men’s Journal, Travel & Leisure, Shape, Skiing, Entertainment Weekly, and The New York Times.

Her adventure travel, environment, health, editorial columns, and sports articles and essays have appeared in national magazines including, Health, UtneReader, Natural Solutions, Alternative Medicine, 5280, and Women’s Adventure. She has also worked for Backpacker, Climbing, VeloNews, InsideTriathlon, Recording, Dandelion, and Women’s Sports + Fitness magazines.

Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis just as the first issue of Women’s Adventure hit the press in 2003, Theall wondered if she’d even be able to do the things she wrote about and loved anymore. Despite various setbacks, Theall has traveled extensively, covering the plight of the polar bears in Alaska and Manitoba. She’s been face to face with grizzlies, and has climbed Kilimanjaro and the highest mountain in Iceland. She lives in Boulder, Colorado with her partner of 16 years, their son, and two pups.

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