Diana Spechler

Diana Spechler is the author of the novels Who By Fire (Harper Perennial, 2008) and Skinny (Harper Perennial, 2011), of the New York Times column Going Off, and of a forthcoming nonfiction book based on that column (Crown). She has written for GQ, O The Oprah Magazine, CNN Living, Esquire, New York Magazine, New York Observer, Paris Review, Self, Details, The Wall Street Journal, Salon, Slate, Nerve, Glimmer Train Stories, PANK, Brevity, The Southern Review, Harper's, Travel and Leisure, Food and Wine, Saveur, and elsewhere. Her work has appeared in a number of anthologies, including Sex Matters: The Sexuality and Society Reader (W.W. Norton, 2013) and True Tales of Lust and Love (Counterpoint/Soft Skull, 2014). She is also a seven-time Moth StorySLAM winner and has been featured on The Moth Radio Hour, The Moth podcast, The Daily Dish, and NPR.

In 2015, Flavorwire named her one of "50 Writers You Need To See Read Live," she won the Orlando Nonfiction Prize from A Room of Her Own Foundation and the Baltimore Review Creative Nonfiction Prize, The Huffington Post included one of her essays on its list of "Required Reading for Women," and Best American Essays listed another one of her essays as a "notable."

After receiving her MFA degree from the University of Montana, Spechler was a Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State University and the writer-in-residence at Portsmouth Abbey School. A 2012-2013 LABA Fellow, a 2013 fellow of the Sozopol Fiction Seminars in Bulgaria, a 2014 Visiting Artist at The Betsy Hotel, and winner of The San Miguel Writers' Conference 2014 Writing Contest, she teaches writing for The Wounded Warrior Project, Stanford University's Online Writer's Studio, and the online MFA programs at Mississippi University for Women and Cedar Crest College.