Patrick Symmes  

Recent Articles

My bio page includes my most recent articles for Outside Magazine

Here you can read an article where Rolf Potts interviewed me.

I recently completed a teaching semester at NYU in the Global and Joint Program Studies department of Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University.

My Books

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In Band-i-Amir, Afghanistan

(c. Seamus Murphy)

HELLO.  I am a writer, journalist and teacher.

I cover insurgencies, global environmental problems, travel, and the geopolitical fault lines that underlie them all, for magazines like Harper’s, Outside, and Condé Nast Traveler.

I specialize in Latin America, particularly Cuba, but have worked from Patagonia to Phnom Penh, and Cape Town to Kazakhstan.

I am the author of The Boys from Dolores (2007), about what happened to Fidel Castro’s own schoolmates. It was named to the New York Times “Ten Best” list.

Most Recently...

In the July issue of Condé Nast UK you'll find my article on Agritourism in the Pacific Northwest. Travel to where the finest organic food is grown.
in April I appeared as a guest of Neil Conan's on the NPR program Fresh Air to dicuss the experience of researching the article "A Wild Country Grows in South Sudan", which appears in the April '13 issue of Outside Magazine.

Listen to the podcast here - "South Sudan: A Warn-Torn Nation Transforms To Tourist Destination"

recent • LIFE UNDER ALABAMA'S HARSH IMMIGRATION LAW, Newsweek: • WHO PINCHED MY RIDE? Bike thieves, caught and studied, in Outside:  • THE AMERICAN JIHADI, Daily Beast • ANWAR THE AMERICAN, our home-made terrrorist, in GQ: • SAND STORM, about the revolution in Yemen (Outside, June, ). Talking Yemen on CNN ( • 30 DAYS AS A CUBAN, or down and out in Havana on $15.08 (Harper's, Oct. 2010).• POP GOES PERU, in Condé Nast Traveler  (