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where she was mentored by writers George Saunders, Arthur Flowers, Mary Gaitskill, and Mary Caponegro.
In addition to her four books Wild, Tiny Beautiful Things, Brave Enough, and Torch, Strayed has published essays in various magazines, including The Washington Post Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, Tin House, The Missouri Review, and The Sun Magazine.
The film adaptation of Wild was released on December 3, 2014 in the United States with actress Reese Witherspoon starring as Strayed.
The film was directed by Jean-Marc Vallée and distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures.
Strayed was born in Spangler, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Barbara Anne "Bobbi" (née Young; 1945–1991) and Ronald Nyland.Since 2014, she has been the co-host, along with Steve Almond, of the Dear Sugars podcast, produced by The New York Times and WBUR.Her memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail details her 1,100-mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert to the Oregon-Washington border and tells the story of the personal struggles that compelled her to take the hike.In 1986, at the age of 17, Strayed graduated from Mc Gregor High School in Mc Gregor, Minnesota, where she was a track and cross country runner, cheerleader, and homecoming queen.
She loosely based the fictional Coltrap County in her novel Torch on Mc Gregor and Aitkin County.
In October 2012, Torch was re-issued by Vintage Books with a new introduction by Strayed. The week of its publication, Wild debuted at number 7 on the New York Times Best Seller list in hardcover non-fiction.