Kristen Roupenian Keynote Speaker

  • Author, New Yorker short story and viral sensation “Cat Person" (2017 & 2018)
  • Zell Fellow, University of Michigan
  • Recipient of a two-book deal for story collection featuring "Cat Person," (Scout Press & Jonathan Cape)

Kristen Roupenian's Biography

Kristen Roupenian Speaker Profile:

Kristen Roupenian is the author of “Cat Person” (Scout Press, 2017 and Jonathan Cape, 2018), a short story about online dating which ran in The New Yorker in December of 2017 and became a viral sensation.  Dubbed ‘the most talked-about short story ever,’ Cat Person quickly became the magazine’s second most-read article of 2017 despite being published at the end of the year.

Kristen graduated from Barnard College in May of 2003 after which she spent two years teaching Public Health and HIV education with the Peace Corps in Kenya with the Peace Corps, at a small orphans’ center a few hours from the Ugandan border. After returning home she worked as a teacher’s aide, a cashier at a bookstore, a freelance reporter, a nanny, and a research coordinator at Mass General Hospital before enrolling in the PhD program in English at Harvard in the fall of 2007.

Kristen now holds a PhD in African Literature from Harvard. She is a Zell Fellow in the University of Michigan MFA program, and has received numerous awards for her work. She has studied with Laura Kasischke, Jeff Van der Meer and Claire Vaye Watkins.Her first book, a collection of short stories entitled “You Know You Want This” will be published by Jonathan Cape in February 2019.

For availability and speaker fees, please contact Kristen Roupenian’s speaking agent at Chartwell here, or call +1 972 385 1021 for U.S. inquiries or +44 207 293 0864 for international inquiries.

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