Tim Weed is a novelist, professor, and independent scholar, a National Geographic Intelligent Travel contributor, and a founding director of the National Geographic Student Expeditions program. He’s maintained a long love affair with the Iberian Peninsula dating back to his college years, when as a Spanish major at Middlebury he spent a semester studying in Madrid and often took weekend trips to Lisbon and Portugal’s southern coast. After receiving a master’s degree in international affairs from the University of California, he spent an academic year based in southern Spain, where he directed semester abroad programs. During this period he traveled extensively throughout Spain and Portugal, and his love for the land the Romans called Hispania has brought him back with regularity, including as an expert on National Geographic Expeditions programs.
Tim’s fiction collection, A Field Guide to Murder & Fly Fishing, made the 2018 Eric Hoffer Book Award Grand Prize Shortlist and his novel, Will Poole's Island, was named to Bank Street College of Education’s list of the Best Books of the Year. He’s the winner of a Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Award and a Solas Best Travel Writing Award and his writing on travel, history, outdoor adventure, and the writing craft have appeared in Literary Hub, The Millions, Backcountry, The Writer’s Chronicle, and many others. Tim is the co-director of the Cuba Writers Program and teaches in the Newport MFA in Creative Writing. In addition to his work in Spain and Portugal he’s served as a National Geographic Expeditions expert in Cuba, Patagonia, and Tierra del Fuego. Fluent in Spanish and conversant in Portuguese, Tim’s a member of the Vermont Humanities Council Speakers’ Bureau and lectures frequently at writing conferences, museums, and educational institutions.