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Brianna Wiest (born October 11, 1992) is an American writer, editor, author and speaker. She has published thousands of articles which have generated millions of page views and readers throughout the world. Wiest is best known for her prolific work on emotional intelligence.

Early life and educationEdit

Brianna Wiest was born and raised in Long Island, New York. She attended Our Lady of Mercy Academy, a college preparatory school[1] in Syosset, New York, and graduated in 2010.

She graduated from Elizabethtown College in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in Professional Writing and Gender Studies. While in school, she was the Editor-in-Chief of her college's newspaper, for which she received multiple national awards, as well as an Exemplary Leadership Award from the school.[2] The college has published multiple articles about her post-grad work: Etown Grad Writes Her Own Story.[3]


Since 2013, she has authored many viral articles on the subject, accumulating tens of millions of views, and a worldwide readership. Today, she is a top contributor at various national publications, and is often noted for her work on Forbes. In 2016, "101 Essays That Will Change The Way You Think" was published by TC Books in Brooklyn, and has gone onto be one of the publisher's top selling titles. The next year, her debut poetry book, "Salt Water" was met with positive reviews, generating local and national press attention.[4] Digiday cited it in their profile on TC Books' long-term mission.[5]

Previously, Wiest traveled internationally as a reporter, and has worked as a copywriter for various Fortune 500 companies and mental health organizations, focusing specifically on issues of emotional intelligence and wellness for young adults. She is the former Editorial Director at Thought Catalog. She left soon after the digital magazine's controversies in late 2014.


  1. ^ "Our Lady of Mercy Academy". Retrieved 2017-05-17.
  2. ^ "Brianna Wiest". Retrieved 2017-05-17.
  3. ^ "E-town Now –E-town graduate writes her own story". Retrieved 2017-05-17.
  4. ^ Writer, JENELLE JANCI | Staff. "Lancaster writer Brianna Wiest explores the power of self on her debut poetry collection 'Salt Water'". LancasterOnline. Retrieved 2018-09-16.
  5. ^ "Thought Catalog ditches affiliate commerce to focus on selling its own books - Digiday". Digiday. 2017-12-15. Retrieved 2018-09-16.