Allyn Gaestel

Allyn Gaestel is a writer who lives in Lagos, Nigeria.

Publications include The New YorkerThe New York Times, Guernica, The Berlin Quarterly, The Atavist, The Common, Nataal, The Atlantic, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, National Geographic, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy Association, CNN, Reuters,  France 24,The Christian Science Monitor, Intense Art Magazine, Moon Man Magazine, etc.

She also makes art photographs and has exhibited internationally including at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Liepzig, Germany,  Espaco Saracura in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and The Treehouse in Lagos, Nigeria.

Residencies awarded include PlayaUcross Foundation and Est-Nord-Est Art Residency.


Born in Los Angeles, Allyn first lived in Mali in 2007. Formerly a journalist, she started her career as a United Nations Correspondent in New York, then lived in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, and later worked  in The Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Nigeria, Senegal, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Mali, Mauritania, Togo, China, India, Nepal, France, Mexico, The US, The Dominican Republic and the Bahamas. Her reportage focused on human dignity, inequality, and complex social issues. In 2015 she was named one of the top journalists working on women’s health in the world by Women Deliver and a top journalist on aid and development by Humanosphere. She reported and field produced documentary and conceptual art videos, including an award-winning short  for the New York Times. She earned grants and fellowships from The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, The International Reporting Project, The International Women’s Media Foundation, the Fund for Investigative Journalism, The Carter Center, The Kaiser Family Foundation, the United Nations Foundation, the National Press Foundation, The Fuller Project for International Reporting, The Institute of Current World Affairs, The Heinrich Boll Foundation and the William Penn Foundation.

Her essays have been awarded the Stack Magazine awards for best original non-fiction and shortlisted for a One World Media Award.



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