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Alissa Quart      

Author of "Squeezed: Why Our Families Can't Afford America"

Alissa Quart is a nonfiction writer, critic, journalist, editor, and poet. Her nonfiction books are Republic of Outsiders: The Power of Amateurs, Dreamers and Rebels, Hothouse Kids: The Dilemma of the Gifted Child, Branded: The Buying and Selling of Teenagers, and Squeezed: Why Our Families Can't Afford America, and her poetry, Monetized.

She was an editor at large for The Atavist, an award-winning nonfiction iPad and enhanced ebook publisher; her multimedia story with Maisie Crow, "The Last Clinic" was nominated for a National Magazine Award and a Documentary Emmy in 2014.

She is editor-in-chief of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, founded by Barbara Ehrenreich. Her articles and reviews have appeared in The Guardian, The Atlantic, the New York Times Sunday Review, The Nation, Newsweek, Mother Jones, and Marie Claire, and she has appeared on Nightline, 20/20, the Today Show, CNN, CBC, and C-Span. She coined the term hyperlink cinema in 2005 and popularized the term hipster sexism.

She teaches as an adjunct professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and is a 2010 Nieman Fellowship recipient.


In the Middle Class, and Barely Getting By - The New York Times

Alissa Quart's “Squeezed” examines the problem of families at the upper edge of the middle class, struggling to survive financially in America.

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