Hi! I should probably tell you about myself as a writer, even if you were here to find out some other kind of thing! I write the cooking and lifestyle blog Ben & Birdy. I'm not sure why I wrote "lifestyle." Maybe I mean the kind of lifestyle where you sew your hand to a maple leaf garland while drinking pinot noir and saying fuck.
I have written the books Catastrophic Happiness (Little, Brown) and Waiting for Birdy (Penguin) and I have a middle-grade novel coming out with Random House in 2017.
I have also written about kids, parents, teenagers, food, cooking, love, loss, gender, eating, death, sex, politics, books, babies, snakes, foraging, relationships, crafts, holidays, travel, and fortune telling for lots of magazines, newspapers, and online publications, including the New York Times Motherlode Blog, O the Oprah Magazine, More (where I'm a contributing book reviewer), The Boston Globe, Scary Mommy, Self, The Huffington Post, FamilyFun (where I'm a contributing editor), Brain, Child; Full Grown People, and Redbook.
I am the etiquette columnist at Real Simple, where I am also a frequent contributor to the "I Want to Like You" podcast series.
I edit the James-Beard-Award-winning nonprofit kids' cooking magazine ChopChop.
My work has been in lots of books and anthologies, including the fabulous Unbored series, The Bitch in the House, Oprah's Little Book of Happiness, and the Full Grown People collections.
I've also done plenty of consulting, public radio commentaries, readings, talks, workshops, and TV appearances.
Two random things: I have a PhD, and I'm the secretary of Creative Writing at Amherst College.