VIA Contributors

Behind every VIA article there's an intrepid reporter risking sunburn on an exotic Tahitian cruise, indigestion on San Francisco's best food tours, and over-exfoliation in the West Coast's most relaxing spas. These are the men and women who lived to tell the tale.

Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Linda Watanabe McFerrin numerous journals, newspapers, magazines, anthologies and online publications including the San Francisco Examiner, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, Modern Bride, Travelers' Tales, www.salon.com, and www.women.com.

Her novel Namako: Sea Cucumber was named Best Book for the Teen-Age by the New York Public Library and was published in 2000. She is also the author of The Hand of Buddha, a collection of award-winning short stories, as well as two books of poetry. Visit her website at www.lwmcferrin.com.