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 grown-up books Catastrophic Happiness (Little, Brown) and Waiting for Birdy (Penguin). I have also written the middle-grade novel One Mixed-Up Night (Random House), and the about-to-be published Stitch Camp, which is a kids' craft book I co-wrote with my friend Nicole.
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 have been a frequent contributor to the "I Want to Like You" podcast series. I also write the parenting-teens advice column Survivor at the website SheKnows.
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.