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Featured Author: Alissa Wilkinson
Though she grew up in a rural town as a self-described "chicken-raising, piano-playing, clothes-sewing girl with a bedroom full of books" Alissa Wilkinson has made a life and a name for herself in the big city. Wilkinson, the co-author of How to Survive the Apocalypse: Zombies, Cylons, Faith, and Politics at the End of The World, is now an ardent New Yorker who lives in Brooklyn and teaches at The King's College in Manhattan. In addition to her role as assistant professor of English and humanities at The King's College, she is Critic-at-Large for Christianity Today, and her writing has appeared in Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, and the Washington Post.
Though she originally moved to NYC for a tech job in the banking industry, Wilkinson quickly decided banking wasn't the place for her. She launched her writing career as a Master's student at NYU, writing articles and film criticism in her spare time. She quickly landed a gig as co-editor of Comment magazine, where she met Rob Joustra. The two discovered their shared interest in fantasy narratives and their embedded social commentary, and eventually the idea for How to Survive the Apocalypse was born.
Learn more in our podcast interview with Wilkinson and Joustra: