Erla Zwingle was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and has been working for magazines, either as a staff writer, editor, or freelance journalist, since 1975. After graduating from the State University of New York at Albany with a B.A. in art history, she moved to New York City, working as managing editor of American Photographer magazine (now American
Photo), then Senior Editor of Vis-à-Vis (then the United
Airlines inflight magazine). She was assistant editor at National Geographic magazine for four years, after which she took up freelancing full-time.
; National Geographic Magazine;国家地理杂志
; Ogallala Aquifer:奥加拉拉地下蓄水层
; Her books include a biography of photographer William
Albert Allard (New York Graphic Society, 1987) and the
National Geographic Guidebook to Venice (2001)
She currently lives in Venice.