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.

United States of America


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...

The New York Times

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...

Women in the World in Association with The New York Times - WITW

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...

Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics

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...

Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics

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...


The Huffington Post

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

Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics

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...

American Way :: May 2016 - Ink

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...



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...

Condé Nast Traveller (UK)

Christo's Floating Piers: What's the Big Idea?

The Huffington Post

A Day of Sightseeing and Partying in Sofia, the Capital of Bulgaria

This post is hosted on the Huffington Post's Contributor platform. Contributors control their own work and post freely to our site. If you need to flag this entry as abusive,...


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,...