About Svetlana

Svetlana Meritt sitting on steps at Karnak Temple in EgyptSvetlana Meritt traveled the globe for ten years on a journey of self-discovery and mystical adventure. Before she undertook her heroine’s journey, Svetlana was a journalist and a foreign correspondent for a popular Serbian magazine Illustrated Politics.

During her career as an American correspondent, Svetlana interviewed the Dalai Lama, Lawrence Eagleburger, Jon Voight, Laura Huxley, Yoko Ono, and Allen Ginsberg. On assignment to cover the Academy Awards, she interviewed Kevin Costner, Sophia Loren, and Giorgio Armani. She also wrote extensively about American life and society, and frequently published travel articles. She was the recipient of the Talented Young Journalist award in her native Belgrade.

In addition to being a journalist, Svetlana is also professional photographer. Her photographs have accompanied her written articles and appeared in group and solo exhibitions in Belgrade and Santa Barbara.

Svetlana currently lives in Santa Barbara, California, and teaches at Santa Barbara City College and at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

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