Along with two books of travel essays – Guatemalan Journey (University of Texas Press) and Green Dreams: Travels in Central America (Lonely Planet) – Stephen Benz has published essays in Creative Nonfiction, River Teeth, TriQuarterly, and other journals. One of his essays was selected for Best American Travel Writing, 2003. Formerly a writer for Tropic, the Sunday magazine of the Miami Herald, he now teaches professional writing at the University of New Mexico. He also teaches nonfiction for the Taos Summer Writers' Conference.