Alissa Quart is the author of five acclaimed books of nonfiction including the forthcoming BOOTSTRAPPED: LIBERATING OURSELVES FROM THE AMERICAN DREAM (Ecco, 2023). They are SQUEEZED, REPUBLIC OF OUTSIDERS, HOTHOUSE KIDS, and BRANDED. She is the Executive Director of the non-profit the Economic Hardship Reporting Project. She is also the author of two books of poetry, THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS and MONETIZED. She has written for many publications including The Washington Post, The New York Times, and TIME. Her honors include an Emmy, an SPJ award and a Nieman fellowship. She lives with her family in Brooklyn.