Alina Simone is a singer-turned-writer whose personal essays and magazine features have appeared in the New York Times, California Sunday, The Wall Street Journal, Slate and the Guardian Long Read, among many others. She is a regular contributor to the nightly news radio show PRI’s “The World” (a co-production of the BBC) and is the author of a novel and a collection of essays, both published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Simone has appeared on the Today Show, PBS Newshour and Radiolab to discuss her work, and her 2017 Village Voice article about America’s first k-pop cram school, “So You Want to be a K-pop Star,”  was recently optioned for film by 20th Century Fox.  She has taught non-fiction writing at Yale University and currently lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.