Reviews

I met Keph Senett when I was the managing editor of MatadorNetwork.com and the lead faculty member of its travel writing course, in which she was enrolled. From the beginning, Keph was a stand-out student who was clearly invested in her writing. She possessed natural talent but was also committed to perfecting the craft. Her work was layered and thoughtful and engaging, which set it apart from the work of many peers. One of the qualities I appreciated most about her and her work was her profound curiosity and respect for the subjects–both people and places–in her work. Whereas other writers treated people and places as characters, Keph treated them as what they are: real people with stories to be sought out and shared, not people whose stories should be assumed. It was for these reasons that I selected Keph for a writer-in-residency program in Turkey, an experience where she produced exceptional work. Where other writers would have produced peppy, breathless “Come to Turkey!” posts, Keph filed dispatches that took readers beneath the surface.Since that stint as a writer-in-residence, Keph has conceived of hard-hitting stories and has gone to literal great lengths to report them. These stories, particularly in Russia and Mexico, reveal overlooked issues and make them relevant to a wide variety of reader audiences.
- Julie Schweitert Collazo, Writer and Editor

 

From sports to human rights issues, Keph Senett’s passion for her subject matter jumps off the page. She crafts thought-provoking articles that stimulate dialogue. Additionally, Senett is a change agent advocating for equality. Well-travelled, cultured and thorough in research, Senett pens expertise.
- Antonia Newman, Founder | Team Fenom

 

Keph is a very a talented travel writer who is committed to bringing unique details of each place she travels to, backed with an extensive research and planning. I look forward to continue working with Keph in the future and I would highly recommend her.
- Cristina Alvaradejo, PR and Communications Consultant | Mexico Tourism Board

 

I had the pleasure of working with Keph Senett on a large travel guides project, in which I hired her as a combined copy editor, proofreader, and fact-checker. She was easy to work with — communicative, thorough, and efficient — and her edits showed excellent judgement and a deft touch with words. I can offer no higher praise than an email I sent her after she had dealt with a particularly challenging guide that required extensive rewriting, which simply read: “You’re an alchemist — thank you!” I would certainly hire Keph again, and I am happy to recommend her for editorial work.
- Nick Rowlands, Guides Editor | AFAR Media

 

The interviews, the way you took me to the place with just a few words, almost made me cry… I remember those days when I used to be a player, a part of a team.
- Olga Trujillo, Editor | Diosas Olímpicas

 

¿Canada, USA, Mexico? There is an existential reality between these countries: the borders that exist between them. In spite of that, with great tenacity and audacity, Keph Senett runs through them and comes to investigative journalism to then write detailed expressions of what she discovers in the realm that belongs to her world of interest. Undoubtedly, Keph sets her focus on human beings, everything good in them and especially in what is related their human rights and freedom of expression.Working in tourism in Mexico City is a pleasure to me but even more so when one comes across people like Keph. I am excited to have met her and to establish an alliance through which she can help us to continue to make Mexico City known for what it already is: the touristic, gastronomical and cultural capital of Latin America.Thank you Keph for seeking us out, thank you for finding us and thank you for writing so many accurate jewels and realities about the innumerable valuable things found in our great capital. We celebrate with you all the high-quality experiences, the building of memories and the genuine friendships that you continue to develop which will remain for decades to come.Thanks again for giving your heart to Mexico City, Keph! You have ours.
- Arturo Gutierrez Gandara Gutierrez, Promotions Director | Mexico Tourism Board

 

I was very lucky to have Keph as one of my contributing writers while I was at Travel+Escape. As an editor, I’m always looking for someone who has great ideas, who can execute a well researched and well written article, and who follows through on deadlines. Keph offered all this and more — definitely one of my favourite writers to work with!
- Tammy Burns, Writer and Editor | Travel+Escape

 

Hurrah! This is the one that I feel captures the essence of ‘local travel’. The writer has found a real character and has painted a picture. They have also resisted the temptation to steal the show themselves, yet they have still managed to inject a dose of their own personality/feelings. It captures a ‘special’ moment that could only be achieved with local knowledge. It also tackles the problems brought by mass tourism…It manages to be sinister, exciting, romantic and humourous, which is no mean feat.
- Vicky Baker, Columnist, Editor, Journalist | The GuardianObserverTime OutBBC

 

Brilliant. Your Spanish may be a work in progress, but your English is pretty good. You made me laugh so hard I almost choked on a cracker.
- Tamara George, Reader

 

After a successful FAM Tour weekend, Keph not only produced an article that beautifully encompassed the authentic essence of Muskoka, she was genuinely interested in our northern destination and the locals who call it home. Keph was an absolute pleasure to work with and I would have her come back for every tour I host in the future.
- Jennifer Clute, Tourism and Marketing Coordinator | Muskoka Lakes Chamber of Commerce

 

Keph’s superior writing abilities translate to her invaluable services as an editor. She is thorough, thoughtful, and objective in her reviews. Keph is easily one of the best editors I’ve ever worked with, and I would not hesitate to use her again.
- Dalene Heck, Co-founder | Hecktic Travels

 

Keph Senett is a very professional journalist. She doesn’t just report, she gets to the heart of the event and destination. She brings to life the experience for the reader, as if you are there. The Vallarta Pride Steering Committee is happy to continue to work with Keph now and in the future.
- Bill Hevener, Vice-President, Vallarta Pride Committee

 

Keph is a travel writer who quite simply ‘gets it.’ She has been a pleasure to work with throughout the planning, hosting and follow-up process. And, it’s evident by the content she produced that she not only absorbed the tips and information we provided, but she did extensive research on her own and really got to know the city resulting in some fantastic coverage.
- April Ingle, Communications Coordinator | Positively Cleveland

 

Just met Keph Senett. Just as funny and inappropriate in person. Awesome.
- Jeff Bartlett, Media and PR Specialist | Tourism Jasper

 

I will never forget seeing Keph on a snowmobile high up in the mountains when she visited us for Pride! Adventurous, bold and outspoken, that’s Keph!
- Jörg Michel, Director, Jasper Pride Festival Society

 

When Keph Senett writes, readers travel. Regardless of the subject matter. As a PR professional in the travel industry, I read—and write—stories on a regular basis. After a while, too many sound the same. This is where Keph differs. Her talent for observation and description surprises and beguiles. Her work stirs emotion and she clearly and concisely paints pictures. I find her style to be fresh and human and would recommend her without hesitation to anyone seeking authentic, interesting writing.
- Sylvie Laitre, Managing Partner | Mexico Boutique Hotels

 

This is a terrific piece. I read LOTS of travel writing, and yours is first-rate. You captured the magnitude of your conquest as well as the humour involved, and included just the right amount of relevant information for travellers. Can’t beat that!
- Heather MacDonald-Bossé, Travel Media Representative | Représentante, médias de voyages, Tourism and Parks | Tourisme et Parcs, Tourism New Brunswick

 

Keph Senett is a writer to watch.
- Heather Parsons, Publishers Representative | Michael Reynolds & Associates

 

I really like the feel and flavor of your writing. You take the reader down a path that’s educational and respectful.
-David Badash, Editor | The New Civil Rights Movement

 

Travel blogs as well written as yours are rare.
- Iain Manley | Old World Wandering: A Travelogue

 

I haven’t followed anything this closely since the US primaries.
- Kristina Spring, Reader

 

I couldn’t be more impressed by both the range and obscurity of the titles you cite [in "4 classic travel books about outer space"]. I also marvel at your ability to adapt complex and layered storytelling to the constraints of space and complexity required of this medium. An utterly delightful read.
- Michael Lennick, Owner | Foolish Earthling Productions

 

“I’m a Footballer. And I’m Gay” is a superb piece on a professional footballer coming out as homosexual… This superb blog by Keph Senett on In Bed With Maradona covers the story brilliantly.
Simon Head | Mirror Football

 

It is so refreshing to read a blog that has (a) content of interest to someone other that the author… and (b) is beautifully written with style, content, humour and …yes… syntax and solid sentence structure.
- Christopher Dew, Reader

 

[Dirty Shoes] is polished, interesting, and even literary. She understands effective use of verbs… to move the action while suggesting theme and maintaining tone. I could go on regarding her skill. But it’s the cave itself that’s literary. It’s a symbol of her psyche and maybe those of all travelers as we discover new, mildly scary, even dangerous places: frightening, exhilarating, at once attracting and repulsing. Professional caliber.
Gary Buslik, Award-winning American travel author, A Rotten Person Travels the Caribbean: A Grump in Paradise Discovers that Anyplace it’s Legal to Carry a Machete is Comedy Just Waiting to Happen (Travelers’ Tales), and English Literature professor at University of Illinois