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Humor Writer of the Month: Emily Flake

Emily Flake is a cartoonist, writer, illustrator and performer.

A regular contributor to The New Yorker and The Nib, she is the author of Mama Tried, a book of essays and cartoons about parenting, and the newly published That Was Awkward: The Art and Etiquette of the Awkward Hug.

She does a weird hybrid of standup and cartoons on stages throughout New York City and beyond and created and co-hosts a monthly live interview show, Nightmares. She recently launched St. Nell’s Humor Writing Residency for Ladies, “a space for womxn practitioners of the humor arts to wrestle their projects into submission.”

Emily  lives in Brooklyn with her husband, their daughter and the ghost of a small orange cat. 

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