Biography

I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move; to feel the needs and hitches of our life more nearly; to come down off this feather-bed of civilization, and find the globe granite underfoot and strewn with cutting flints.

-- Robert Lewis Stevenson

Born in the  sixties to a sometimes quite nomadic family, Janis Turk has been in love with the open road since birth. Today she is a travel writer, prose writer, editor and professor at home in Texas and Louisiana, but as a child she moved more than ten times, living in seven states, before studying journalism at Texas Lutheran University. After college, Janis lived in Mexico and taught English as a Second Language at the Universidad Juarez del Estado de Durango. Upon returning to the United States, Janis studied English Literature and Women's Studies at Southwest Texas State University where she earned her Master’s Degree. She taught English at Austin Community College and then went on to become the Director of the English as a Second Language program at Texas Lutheran University and an instructor in the department of English.

Janis has taught at TLU since the fall of 1993 and now divides her time between Seguin, Texas, and an office in the New Orleans French Quarter where she goes to feed her muse. Although she had already written for a small tourist magazine in Texas and worked for newspapers in Arkansas and Texas, Janis’ freelance travel writing career began to take flight with an article that won a contest and publication in Southwest Airlines Spirit magazine. For two years she served as managing editor for Country Lifestyle magazine and last year she was the senior travel editor for BellaOnline. Janis  currently writes for San Antonio Woman magazine, New York City Plus magazine, and Ranch and Country magazine of California. Janis' recent travel pieces have also  been published in The Chicago Tribune. She has written for Tinta Latina magazine, America's Horse, and San Antonio Metro in Focus magazine. Janis is a frequent guest for Travel Tuesday segments on WOAI television’s San Antonio Living.  She will also be writing for the Cultured Traveler online travel magazine and Go-Nomad online travel magazine.

Janis has run with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, drifted in a gondola through the canals of Venice, Italy, and sipped rum by the sea in Havana, Cuba. Recently having returned from vagabonding in London, Paris, Venice, Rome, Barcelona, Madrid, and San Sebastian, and running with the bulls for yet a second time in Pamplona, she is happy to be at home with her family and to be teaching two classes at TLU this semester before she charts her next course for adventure.
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