Ada Calhoun is a writer based in New York City.
She has written for The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, Glamour, Self, Politico, Al Jazeera, and Cosmo, and been a theater critic for New York magazine, a crime reporter for The New York Post, founding editor-in-chief of the ASME-nominated Babble, and (since 2005) a frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review.
She is the author of Instinctive Parenting, ghostwriter of several books, and co-author, with Tim Gunn, of two New York Times bestsellers. Her next book, due to Norton in 2014, is a narrative history of the East Village street where she grew up, tentatively titled St. Marks is Dead.
In 2013, she won three awards: the Council on Contemporary Families Media Award for Print Coverage of Family Issues, for her reporting on chemical endangerment arrests of pregnant women in Alabama; the 2013 Oasis Award from the Episcopal Church’s Oasis Commission, for her work with the St Mark’s Church archives; and a MacDowell Colony residency.
She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2000 with a B.A. in Plan II Honors, concentrating in Sanskrit.