PAULA PANICH, a journalist, teacher, writer, and speaker, has been writing about plants, gardens, food, and travel for two decades.

She holds a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from Warren Wilson College and has taught in the UCLA Extension Landscape Architecture Program. She has also taught at  the New York Botanical Garden, the Berkshire Botanical Garden, the Getty Canter, and at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens (San Marino, California), among other horticultural venues, and at Boston University.

Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Gastronomica, Better Homes and Gardens, and other publications, including the literary and scholarly journals The Harvard Review, Alimentum, Reed, the Writing Disorder, Sitelines, Eden, and others. A piece on M.F.K. Fisher is forthcoming in the Los Angeles Review. 

Three books are forthcoming (in her lifetime, she hopes): Missing Meg, a novel set in 1932 Hollywood; The Cook, The Landlord, The Countess and Her Lover, a culinary memoir; and Bloody Woman, a memoir set in London.

She is the author of Cultivating Words, and coauthor with Nora Burba Trulsson of The Desert Southwest and Desert Southwest Gardens (Bantam Books), and was editor of DiRT: A Garden Journal from the Connecticut River Valley. She served on the editorial board of Eden, the quarterly publication of The California Garden and Landscape History Society.

She is now a full-fledged Zone 9 (Los Angeles) gardener.  She thinks writing is hard.  She is also a printmaker:


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