Claire Zulkey springboarded from her Georgetown experiences as a Hoya columnist and Donn B. Murphy One-Act Play Contest winner to become the author of AN OFF YEAR, published by Dutton in 2009 and selected by Indie Booksellers for the Autumn 2009 Kids' Indie Next List and nominated as one of the ALA’s 2010 Best Books for Young Adults. Since 2002 Claire has run the blog Zulkey.com, which has been mentioned in places like the New Yorker, New York Times and USA Today. In 2010 NPR affiliate WBEZ began producing the site. She is a television critic and contributor to the Los Angeles Times and AV Club. She lives in Chicago, where she runs the literary humor reading series Funny Ha-Ha.