Travelers Roundtable

Category: Contributors

Matthew Christopher is an award-winning photographer, writer and creator of Abandoned America, which he founded in 2006 as a catalogue of the remains of modern ruins. Abandoned America has since developed into one of the leading websites examining the phenomena of abandoned buildings. Christopher has recently released a collection of some of his work entitled Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences, available at Barnes & Noble and Christopher’s journey to document abandoned sites began a decade ago while researching[…]

  Scott Marshall is an illustrator, sound artist, and art director, based in New York City. His latest work is a serialized, on-going graphic memoir of underground publishing pioneer John Wilcock, created in collaboration with Ethan Persoff. Some of his previous projects include audio work for the Woody Allen film Small Time Crooks, and the score for Men’s Stories, a full-length dance piece by choreographer Lar Lubovitch. 

Follow Kevin’s travels on his travel-planning website, The Mad Traveler, featuring many of his articles, photographs, information about his published travel guides, and more. Kevin is the author of 14 books, including Best Tent Camping Wisconsin, Wisconsin’s Best Beer Guide, and The Yogurt Man Cometh: Tales of an American Turkey in Teacher and Michigan’s Best Beer Guide. His articles and photography have appeared in a variety of publications including The New York Times, Chicago Tribune and Miami Herald. He has lived abroad in several places including Italy, Guatemala and Panama, but[…]

Nigel Planer is an actor and writer working in London. He was a co-founder of London’s Comedy Store and Comic Strip clubs and went on to star in many TV comedy shows including the classic ‘The Young Ones‘ for the BBC which aired on MTV in the eighties and nineties. He has written over seven books, including two novels – ‘The Right Man‘, and ‘Faking It‘ – as well as the best-selling ‘A Good Enough Dad‘, and the spoof theatrical biography[…]

Rich Herstek was raised in Ohio, but has since lived and worked in Boston, Portland, London, Prague, Paris, Manila, Washington, D.C., and New York. His travel writing has appeared in The Boston Globe, France Today, Third Coast Daily, Milwaukee Home & Fine Living, the Vermont Standard and elsewhere. In addition to his travel writing, Rich has also been an advertising creative director, a playwright and a screenwriter, having earned his MA at the London Film School. You can learn more about[…]

Martin Newell is a writer, broadcaster and musician. After twenty years in rock bands, he became a pop poet in 1990. First published in The Guardian in 1984, he later wrote regularly for The Independent titles for 15 years, before taking up his current post as resident poet for The Sunday Express and Saturday columnist for the East Anglian Daily Times. In 2010 he won the Columnist of the Year prize at the EDF Eastern Media Awards. He has previously published a dozen collections of verse, two social histories  and one[…]

  Robert Bundy is a nationally award-winning writer, editor, and columnist. He has visited 33 countries and more than 300 cities in the last ten years and still gets a charge out of getting his passport stamped. Rob serves as editor-in-chief of, and convenes The Travelers Roundtable series on WUWM Public Radio Milwaukee’s Lake Effect with host Mitch Teich. Rob has been a contributing essayist to WUWM since 2009. Rob’s work as editor/writer/photographer for Subaru Drive magazine and Subaru Drive Performance[…]

Hilary Lazell has lived most of her life alongside the Essex coast where she works as an artist, illustrator, muralist, writer and teacher. Many of her published books have been for children. However, she is always eager to turn her skills to diverse range of new projects. Lazell is a contributor to various publications including the East Anglian Daily Times, and frequently collaborates with Martin Newell to create music album covers, calendars and books. More of her work can be seen at