Julie Strauss Bettinger is a literary journalist who has specialized in telling other people’s true stories for more than 25 years. Her narrative nonfiction book, Encounters With Rikki: from Hurricane Katrina rescue to exceptional Therapy Dog, is a Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award finalist. Her essay, “Grapes & Wrath at Mission San Luis,” was recently published in Apalachee Review literary journal and she was also named a finalist for Proximity Magazine’s Narrative Journalism Prize. Her entry will be included in an anthology coming out in 2017.
Julie coauthored the award winning Blasted by Adversity: the Making of a Wounded Warrior (Inkshares, 2015) and The Book of Bowden, with a foreword by Burt Reynolds (paperback edition 2007, Taylor Trade Publishing, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc.).
Earlier in her writing career, Julie served as editor of Tallahassee and Emerald Coast city magazines (1999-2003) as well as The Sheriff’s Star (1985-2011) and All Points Bulletin (2004-2011). She is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, Biographers International Organization (BIO) and the Tallahassee Historical Society.
She received a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College in Baltimore, MD (2013), and a master’s degree in Creative Writing (2009) and bachelor’s degree in Communications (1983) from Florida State University. Julie has led writing workshops and served as a panelist and visiting instructor at universities and cultural centers. She is currently working on two commissioned projects as well as a collection of essays.
Julie lives in Northwest Florida with her husband, Jim, and their yellow Labrador, Lily Belle.
(Please contact Julie personally to request a copy of her up-to-date Curriculum Vitae)