Adrienne Raphel is the author of Thinking Inside the Box: Adventures with Crosswords and the Puzzling People Who Can't Live Without Them (Penguin Press, 2020), named an Editor's Choice by the New York Times Book Review; What Was It For (Rescue Press, 2017), winner of the Rescue Press Black Box Poetry Prize; and, most recently, Our Dark Academia (Rescue Press, 2022). Her essays and poetry appear in the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Paris Review, Poetry, the Drift, the New Republic, and many other publications.
Raphel has been awarded a Visiting Fellowship from the American Library in Paris, and she has been a featured speaker at events such as the National Book Festival at the Library of Congress and the Edinburgh Book Festival. She also serves as a mentor with the Periplus collective.
Born in New Jersey and raised in Vermont, Raphel holds a PhD in English from Harvard University, an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and an AB (summa cum laude) from Princeton University. She is currently a Lecturer in the Princeton Writing Program and teaches with the Berlin Writers' Workshop.