Daniela Petrova

Freelance Writer

Daniela Petrova is a New York-based, freelance writer and journalist. She grew up in Communist Bulgaria and credits her insatiable curiosity about the world to her childhood behind the Iron Curtain. Her studies in architecture, philosophy, and psychology inform and shape her stories.

Her non-fiction has been published in The Washington Post, Women in the World, The Huffington Post, Salon, Marie Claire, and Guernica among others. Her short stories and poems have been published in the anthologies Best New Writing 2008 and Twenty Years After the Fall, as well as literary journals and online publications. She is a recipient of an Artist Fellowship in Writing from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Portfolio

Social Justice, Education and Development

Leslie T. Sharpe: If the Critters Fail, We Are All Going to Fail
The Trump administration's rapid dismantling of environmental protections in the name of economic growth has triggered an equally aggressive response from those committed to...
A Vacation With a Purpose: Fighting Trafficking in Thailand
Sarah Porter, a former director of development and partnerships at Ecpat-USA and a leader of our trip, said that the group wanted to show people "that how they travel and where...
Sex trafficking in Brooklyn film demands visibility, accountability: "Everyone knows that the...
Sex trafficking is a multibillion-dollar industry. You can sell a drug only once. But you can sell a body multiple times a day. What many Americans don't realize is that sex...
One U.S. woman's vision is changing the lives of girls in rural Afghanistan
The first graduating class of the Zabuli Education Center. (Beth Murphy) Afghanistan has the highest gender disparity in primary education in the world, and girls from poor...
Moving the Needle
The filmmaker and journalist on the future of girls' education in Afghanistan, "white savior narratives," and documentary as an antidote to compassion fatigue. "En route to...
The scourge of human trafficking: It's not just other countries' problem
January has been designated Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month by presidential proclamation . Millions of women, men and children around the world are subjected to...
Global Kleptocracy
The foreign policy expert on global corruption, violent extremism, and how the West "has lost the balance between rectitude and liberty." Image by Kaveh Sardari. "Acute...

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

Walking On Water: Why I Loved the Crowds at Christo's Floating Piers
It's one thing to experience great European art by donning ear buds and ambling through the Louvre or the Uffizi. It's something else entirely to take off your shoes, roll up...
Christo and Jeanne-Claude's 'Floating Piers,' Just 40 Years Late | Artinfo
For 16 days beginning on Saturday, visitors to Christo's latest installation, " The Floating Piers " (June 18-July 3, 2016), will learn what it's like to walk on water as they...
POV: Float On: Christo's "Floating Piers"
American Way :: Jun 2016 - Ink eMagazines
Curtis Sittenfeld: Pride and Prejudice Then & Now
Photograph taken by Josephine Sittenfeld. "Welcome to the 21st Century!" Kitty tells her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bennet, in Curtis Sittenfeld's new novel, . But she might as well...
POV: Opera's Newest Star: Sonya Yoncheva
American Way :: May 2016
7 Things I Didn't Know About the Oscars Until I Was In the Audience
"I need a dress!" I posted on Facebook the day the Oscar nominations were announced. My husband's first documentary had made the list and-against all odds-we were going to the...

TRAVEL

Unplugged in Patagonia
It was Election Day back in the United States, but having been off the grid in Chile for four days, I had all but forgotten about it. My world at that moment consisted of the...
Christo's Floating Piers: What's the Big Idea?
A Day of Sightseeing and Partying in Sofia, the Capital of Bulgaria
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Midnight Guests | Misadventures
We began our hike on a late July morning, the day before our anniversary. At the foot of the trail, a large poster warned that this was grizzly bear country. As he passed it,...
6 Reasons Why Family Bike Trips Are Awesome
When my boyfriend first invited me to join his family on a bike trip, I thought he was joking. Family vacations can be trying at best and this wasn't even my family. But I just...
Biking With the Family Through Puglia
I was cycling at the back of my boyfriend's family, five members of the Burkhardt clan. Olive groves stretched as far as I could see on both sides of the rolling road. Some of...
Partying Like a Tsar in Sofia, the Nightlife Capital of Bulgaria
"Serdica is my Rome," claimed the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great, referring to the city that would later become the capital of Bulgaria under the name of Sofia. Start your...
Stretched to the Max
Coffee Talk
A Tourist With a Shovel and a Hoe
Speaker's Corner: When she arrived in Kenya to volunteer with the Maasai, Daniela Petrova looked down her nose at tourists there to have a good time. But was her own motivation...

ESSAYS

Living alone, I learned to be happy single. So why move in with my boyfriend?
Slowly, methodically, I enumerated my boyfriend's many virtues: honesty, empathy, patience and generosity. He's handsome and smart, funny and thoughtful. He's adventurous; he...
Love, Loss & the Oscars
Tim had a satellite phone and called Sebastian regularly with updates. Every now and then, Sebastian would tell me proudly what Tim was up to in Libya. I could sense his regret...
Why My Husband and I Started Searching for Another Woman
At the age of 37, I finally began looking at women the way men do. "Check out the Russian girl," I tell my husband. "Yeah, but look at her chin," he says. "How about this Slovak...

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