Alissa Quart is a journalist, poet, and the author of four books of nonfiction: Branded: The Buying and Selling of Teenagers, Hothouse Kids: The Dilemma of the Gifted Child, Republic of Outsiders: The Power of Amateurs, Dreamers, and Rebels, and Squeezed: Why Our Families Can’t Afford America. She is the Executive Director of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, a journalism non-profit devoted to reporting on inequality. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The New York Review of Books, and The Guardian, among many other publications. She is also the author of two published collections of poetry, Monetized and Thoughts and Prayers, and her poems have been published by Granta, The London Review of Books, and The Nation. She executive produced the Emmy award-winning documentary “Jackson,” which recounts how the radical pro-life movement pressures and recruits low-income pregnant women and keeps them mired in poverty. Her fifth nonfiction book, Bootstrapped, will address the myth of American self-reliance. She lives with her husband and daughter in Brooklyn, New York.