Sedona CALLAHAN, Writer
A Story Teller
Sedona Callahan’s attraction to the capacity of the human spirit has led her to explore the inspiration that changes the direction of a person’s life. She writes of these stories in order to inspire others to discover the driving force within their own hearts.
She has published the account of a Chernobyl survivor who was challenged to become an Olympic athlete; a boy whose fascination with mountains led him from the plains of South Dakota to a career in international journalism; the life of a medical doctor who gave up his practice to serve the unprotected; a self-proclaimed chain-smoking, overweight couch potato transformed into a long-distance cyclist.
She has written profiles of Buddhist Lama Geshe Lobsang Gyatso, who escaped Tibet with the Dalai Lama; Pulitzer prize-winning author Jane Smiley; actor-director Luis Valdez, the founder of modern Chicano film and theater; Thomas Hoving, the former head of New York's Metropolitan Museum, as well as internationally acclaimed photographers Phil Borges and Cole Weston. She has written the stories of countless people whose names are lesser known, including a “tanguero” [Argentine tango dancer], Brazilian documentary photographer Marcos Prada, teachers, librarians, a museum curator, artists, faith leaders, restaurateurs, dog trainers, endurance athletes, a forest ranger and a chimney sweep.
Her interest in the complexities of community life has produced articles and stories that range from the formation of the arts community of Big Sur in California to the present-day survival plan of a seasonal tourist town.
Her concern for the unmet needs of human beings has sent her researching and telling accounts of displaced Italian-American fishermen during World War II; institutionalized racism in the workplace and schools; and a network of agencies educating and improving the lives of gang members - an article that was included in a briefing packet for then President Bill Clinton.
Countless travel and environmental issues articles, restaurant reviews, and “how to” accounts round out her portfolio.
Sedona Callahan lives in Park City, Utah. Overlapping her love of writing with photography, she recently hiked and photographed a 50-mile trail to produce a photo-essay of the fall beauty of the region, published in the Summer 2006 edition of Park City Magazine.
Articles have appeared in The Coast Weekly [Monterey County Weekly], The Monterey Herald, The Park Record, Park City Magazine, Canyons Magazine, The American Baha’i, and The Salt Lake City Weekly. Numerous articles have been widely distributed throughout the United States by national wire services.