Stories by “ Jess Swanson ”

Jess Swanson

Jess Swanson is the senior editor at American Way and Celebrated Living. She graduated from Columbia University School of Journalism. Her reporting has taken her from the python-infested Everglades swamps to a bubbling onsen in Tokyo to a lava-spouting volcano in Nicaragua.


Relaxing in Antigua's First-Ever Overwater Bungalows

Turquoise seas and overwater bungalows soothe a jangled editor’s nerves.

The Pinnacle of Luxury

An enzyme dirt bath is the pinnacle of luxury in South Korea.

Zenni's Hindsight Is 20/20

Zenni Optical takes its cues from the past.

Into the Wild

David Yarrow doesn’t take pictures; he makes them.

Screen Saver: Cuban Cinemas

In the 20th century, Cuba embraced the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Only Human: Body Painting

A New York-based artist paints on a living, breathing medium.

Fish Tales: Mermaid for a Day

I joined Key West’s mermaid community to realize my childhood dream of becoming Ariel.

Neighborhood Watch: Germantown, Nashville

Once an enclave of German immigrants, this quaint neighborhood embraces its heritage

Sea Change

For centuries, women divers have worked the seas off Korea’s Jeju Island, holding their breath for minutes at a time to hunt the…

A Quiet Place

Most people would love a weekend retreat where no one speaks. But how would this chatty millennial keep silent?