Kate Bolick’s first book, Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own (Broadway Books, 2016), combines memoir, biography, and cultural criticism to explore the lives of unmarried women in America. An outgrowth of her 2011 cover story for The Atlantic, “All the Single Ladies,” it was a New York Times bestseller and a New York Times Notable Book of 2015. A contributing editor for The Atlantic, Bolick also writes essays, articles, and reviews for Bookforum, The New York Times Book Review, Slate, and Vogue, among other publications, and hosts “Touchstones at The Mount,” an interview series at Edith Wharton’s country estate.
Previously, Bolick was executive editor of Domino, a columnist for the Boston Globe’s Ideas section, and online literary editor for The Atlantic. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies and Poetry from Colby College and a Master’s degree from the Cultural Reporting and Criticism program at New York University, where she currently serves on the adjunct faculty. Her second book is forthcoming from Crown/Penguin Random House in 2020.
Teaching and Research Interests
essay; cultural criticism; creative nonfiction; journalism; 19th- and 20th-century literature; American history; women’s history; feminism; family studies; material culture; decorative arts.