I am a freelance writer and author who has written for the New York Times, National Geographic, the Financial Times Press, and others.

I am the author of Marijuana Medicine, a National Geographic special edition issue on medical cannabis, released in late 2019.

I wrote major sections of National Geographic’s The Civil War: A Traveler’s Guide. My writing also appeared in National Geographic’s Atlas of The Civil War special issue magazine.

I am the author of the Zika Prevention Handbook, published by Skyhorse in October 2016. I’m the co-author of Shock Markets, published by the Financial Times Press. A Chinese edition of Shock Markets was released in autumn 2015.

I was shortlisted for the Bracken Bower Prize in 2015, 2016, and 2020.


With Kristin Wong, I co-founded Come Write With Us, a freelance writing course and online resource for writers.

I am also the founder of Poetry Culture.

I created Take Risks Be Happy, an online magazine for creatives, travelers, and entrepreneurs.


I graduated with a degree in International Business from the University of Hong Kong. I lived in China for 5 years and studied Mandarin at Beijing Language and Culture University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. I am currently pursuing a Masters in Philosophy (Finance) from the University of Wollongong.

get in touch: alex (at) alxndrwbb.com