Publications and Awards


Bastille Day on the Palouse

This story about how a road trip across Washington State slowly and gorgeously assuaged Erin's reverse-culture-shock will be included in her book, Wings from Victory - Transformations and Other Gifts of Art, Life, and Travel in France which will be released in Spring 2016 by Travelers' Tales Publications. The book contains 30 award-winning stories about the history, art, culture, cuisine and traditions of France, and highlights connections with characters including Winged Victory of Samothrace, Claude Monet, photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, Coco Chanel, and many others. Sketches by Anna Elkins brighten the pages.

Bastille Day on the Palouse will be available on Tales to Go July 22. Subscribe to read on any device: http://talestogo.travelerstales.com/

Here is an excerpt from the story:

The Palouse is an area of southeastern Washington and northwestern Idaho where wheat, barley, peas, lentils and canola grow on hills and plains. Acres and acres of wheat choose July as the month to change from emerald to a gentle gold.

I remembered that the Palouse is rooted in the French word pelouse: land with short and thick grass, and on this Bastille Day, the fields had transformed into amber swells that swished, a fruitful crop awaiting harvest. Clouds puffed out their cheeks like a drawing of the wind in a child's storybook. The sky widened, sunbeams descended, dust devils spun in the distance. Cows posed in profile as if for a portrait. Shadows skittered across dunes that seemed to roll in undulating rhythm as if the earth underneath slowly stirred the waves of grain.

My edges shifted outward a fraction, I pulled them in. My colors deepened, I resisted, for I had become attached to my reverse culture shock.



2015 Solas Awards

Deep Travel, Notre Dame

2015 Grand Prize Bronze Award for Best Travel Story of the Year




All 2015 award winning stories will be included in
Erin's travel memoir, Wings from Victory.


New York State of Mind - 2015 Gold Solas Award, Destination



Duende in the Louvre - 2015 Silver Solas Award, Women's Travel



A Propos de Paris - 2015 Silver Solas Award, Most Unforgettable Character



Avé Metro - 2015 Silver Solas Award, Travel and Healing

An excerpt of this story is featured on Nancy Davis Kho's award-winning site, Midlife Mixtape http://midlifemixtape.com/2015/02/still-in-rotation-abraxas-santana.html



Wild Horses, Women on Fire Collection, elj Publications, March 2015 - Dear Madame Renaud

The Secret of It

The Boy and His Shield (also found here)



The Best Travel Writing, Volume 10, Travelers' Tales Publications, edited by James O'Reilly, Larry Habegger and Sean O'Reilly
Storykeepers essay



Adventures of a Lifetime, World Traveler Press, edited by Janna Graber
The Healing Heights of Machu Picchu



The Best Women's Travel Writing, Volume 10, Travelers' Tales, edited by Lavinia Spalding
Day Dreamer



100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go, Travelers' Tales, by Marcia de Sanctis Highly recommended Book. A short interview about the region of the Jura Mountains included in Chasing Waterfalls.



The Stance of the Toro Bravo

2014 Gold Solas Award, Travel and Healing



Day Dreamer

2014 Silver Solas Award, Family Travel

Points North Atlanta magazine, November 2013 issue


2014 New Millennium Writings Honorable Mention, Nonfiction




2014 Bronze Solas Award, Destination



Two poems, Cafe de Nuit and Coltrane by Twilight in Burning the Midnight Oil anthology, edited by Phil Couisneau

Purchase on Amazon


Travel Writing Series


Q and A With Writer Erin Byrne, W3 Sidecar

When I write I feel part of a larger flow of meaning. When I'm willing to take the risk to be honest, and evoke what Federico García Lorca called the duende (the dark side), as I write I feel the live current of the story pulsing through me as if I'm a conduit, and I myself am lit up.





Why I Fell in Love with Reading and Writing, Three Guys One Book

For me, reading and writing have always been inextricable from travel.





Interview, Write On Online

All good travel writing, I believe, moves the reader twice: transports him to a place and moves him emotionally.





How to Become a Travel Writer, Writer's Digest

You are the matador. The sun sparkles on your traje de luces (suit of lights) as you clutch your magenta and yellow capote. Trumpets blast as the bull that is your story enters the ring. It is at this point that many people drop their true sentences and flee, because as soon as we attempt to pinpoint a focus or impose structure upon the beast, it lowers its head and charges. Truth is powerful, but its brightness brings on the beast.





Reading and Writing Morocco, Shelf Pleasure

A House in Fez is deep travel writing at its best: Suzanna Clarke places us in Fez and fills us with wonder, sometimes even frustration, and delight.

The Spider's House, by Paul Bowles: Amar the boy knows the most essential thing we must all do when we encounter people who differ so drastically from ourselves as to create a gap.






Erin did a series of articles and interviews, including How to Become a Travel Writer for Writers' Digest and Reading and Writing Morocco, which can be found here.




2013 Travelers' Tales Bronze Solas Award for Best Travel Story of the Year

Editor's Choice, April 2013


2013 Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Award, Winning Writers, Second Prize - Storykeepers




Fez Rushed In

New Millennium Writings 2013 Award for Nonfiction - Honorable Mention

photos by Christina Ammon


French Connections

2013 Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition, American Association of Pen Women - First Place in Memoir Vignette

2013 New Millennium Writings Nonfiction Award - Honorable Mention

photos by Christina Ammon


Frank Sinatra in the Early Evening

2013 New Millennium Writings Poetry Award - Honorable Mention

New Millennium Writings Literary Journal, Issue 22, 2013



Spirals - Memoir of a Celtic Soul

2012 Travelers' Tales Silver Solas Award for Best Travel Story of the Year

Editor's Choice March 7, 2012

Press 53 Open Awards 2011 Finalist in Creative Nonfiction




The Healing Heights of Machu Picchu

2012 Silver Solas Award - Travel and Healing

2012 Tom Howard Short Story Most Highly Commended Award



Dear Madame Renaud

2012 Bronze Solas Award - Doing Good or The Kindness of Strangers

2012 Tom Howard Short Story Most Highly Commended Award

Judges' comments: For the first time ever, a contestant has won two awards in the Most Highly Commended category. It was a surprise to the judges, because the two stories are quite different in both subject and style. In fact, the only aspect that both "Dear Madame Renaud" and "The Healing Heights of Machu Picchu" have in common, is the highly charged emotional impact they have on the reader.

Images of Simone Renaud courtesy of Doug Stebleton, producer/director of Mother of Normandy. For information on this award-winning film and book, go to http://www.plasticcow.com/mon/



VESTOJ The Journal of Sartorial Matters

Red Petals

Vestoj, Summer 2012 issue

In the Paris of 1947, the war had meant years of scarcity, and the extravagance of Dior's New Look was offensive to many. During a photo session in a street market in Montmartre, a model walked proudly out onto the Rue Lepic:

... the effect was electric. The street sank into an uneasy silence; with a shriek of outrage, a woman stall-holder hurled herself on the nearest model, shouting insults. Another woman joined her and together they beat the girl, tore her hair and tried to pull her clothes off her.

- Antony Beevor and Artemis Cooper, Paris After the Liberation



Vincent's Vision: The First of Further Letters of Vincent van Gogh

Perhaps there exists a parallel universe in which Vincent van Gogh walked up the hill to the fields with his easel strapped to his back in Auvers-sur-Oise that summer day in 1890, pulled the gun out of his pocket - and hesitated.

This letter belongs in that invisible dimension.

Crab Creek Review - 2011 Volume 2.

To order, go to www.crabcreekreview.org.

Images of Vincent and Theo van Gogh courtesy of www.vggallery.com





The Taste of This Place

Traveler's Tales Best Travel Writing 2011 Gold Solas Award, category: Travel and Food



The Secret of It - What Parisian Women Whispered to Me

Traveler's Tales Best Travel Writing 2011 Bronze Solas Award, category: Travel and Transformation



Winged Victory, A Pilgrimage to Paris

Whidbey Island Writer's Conference Benefactor's Award, First Place in Essay, 2009

Traveler's Tales Best Travel Writing 2010 Gold Solas Award, Travel and Transformation Traveler's Tales Editor's Choice, October 2010

Best Travel Writing 2011 Anthology



The Rarest of Editions

Traveler's Tales Best Travel Writing 2010 Gold Solas Award, category: Culture and Ideas

Traveler's Tales Editor's Choice April 2010




Placed in the Place

Book Passage Travel Writer's and Photographer's Conference
Grand Prize, 2009

This essay will be included in Wings From Victory, Erin's collection of Paris essays.



Leaning Back

Traveler's Tales Best Travel Writing 2009 Bronze Solas Award, category: Family Travel


Coasting Beyond Boyhood Coasting Beyond Boyhood

Coasting Beyond Boyhood

Wanderlust and Lipstick, May 2011

The story of Pointe du Hoc, Normandy as seen through the eyes of a mother and son.




Victory at the Louvre Victory at the Louvre

Victory at the Louvre

World Hum, August 2010

Winged Victory from a different perspective.




A Rare Blend 

The Writer's Workshop Review, July 25, 2008

A bunch of people from around the world mingle to produce A Rare Blend 

A revised version of Rare Blend was a finalist in Wanderlust and Lipstick's Wander Women Write contest, and can be found here with additional photos.



Erin wrote a series of five political travel essays for Matador, which can be found here: https://matadornetwork.com/author/erin-byrne/.


Barak Obama What Matters

Peace Matters: 8 Reasons Why Obama Earned The Nobel Prize

Brave New Traveler, October 16, 2009

President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize in light of the wider world. This article highlights David Elliot Cohen's book, What Matters. Peace Matters



8 Nobel Prize Laureates On How Leadership Can End War.

Brave New Traveler, November 2, 2008

Nobel Peace Prize Laureates from around the world remind us that peace is not an antiquated notion, but a real possibility that requires certain qualities in our leaders in



Lessons Abroad

Brave New Traveler, October 28, 2008

It was an unlikely place for thoughts of American patriotism: a twisting and turning, narrow road under a green canopy in the hills of Ireland.



Goodbye To Bush: Europeans React To President’s Farewell Tour

Brave New Traveler, July 1, 2008

Europe says goodbye to President Bush, opening a window of opportunity for travelers.  Find out what this window hinges on in





Brave New Traveler, May 20, 2008

Feel the desire to dash away?



A new view of Paris:ComParisons/Seine Through Fresh Eyes

Everywhere Magazine March/April 2008
Everywhere Magazine Online

Fall in love with Paris again and again.



The Fortress of His Mind: Charles d’Orleans’ Captivity in The Tower of London

The Literary Traveler, November 9, 2007

The Tower of London is illuminated in the book In a Dark Wood Wandering by Hella S. Haasse.



Eye to Eye with Vincent

Peer inside an open window into Vincent van Gogh's soul. 

Photo credits:  ComParisons - David Lawrence, www.WideImages.com, www.vangoghgallery.com