Born and raised in Altoona, Pennsylvania, Cameron Conaway spent nearly a decade training to be a professional mixed martial artist, but while attending college at Penn State Altoona he fell in love with poetry. To him, poetry was as much about mindful living and the radical pursuit of new perspectives as it was about writing.
His studies led him to the University of Arizona’s MFA Creative Writing program, where he served as Poet-in-Residence from 2007-2009.
A few years later, Conaway moved to Bangkok, Thailand, where he grew into an independent journalist while writing several books, including Malaria, Poems, which was praised by The Washington Post and named a Best Book of 2014 by NPR.
His writing, which has appeared in publications such as Newsweek, The Guardian, Reuters, NPR, Forbes, The Washington Post, Harvard Business Review, and Stanford Social Innovation Review, has been submitted for a Pulitzer Prize, nominated for a National Magazine Award and a Pushcart Prize, and supported by the International Reporting Project and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
Conaway is a recipient of the prestigious Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Fellowship, an honor given to one journalist each year, and he teaches the #1 rated poetry class on Skillshare.com.
Conaway is the Director of Marketing Communications at Solace and he’s part of the Executive MBA class of 2020 at the University of San Francisco School of Management. He lives in San Francisco, California, with his wife Maggie.
To see Conaway’s books, visit his Amazon author page.