Kristen Martin is currently at work on a narrative nonfiction book that seeks to correct the myths that govern how we conceive of American orphanhood. Her writing has been published in The New York Times Magazine, The Baffler, Bookforum, NPR Books, BOMB Magazine, Catapult, Hazlitt, Literary Hub, The Cut, Real Life, Guernica, and elsewhere. She received an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Università degli Scienze Gastronomiche in Italy, where she was a Fulbright-Casten Family Scholar. She teaches writing at NYU and Penn; she has also taught at Baruch College and Columbia. Kristen lives in Philadelphia with her husband, their two fat tabby cats, Suzy Creamcheese and Kiwi, and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Penny Loafer.