|Born||1981 (age 36–37)|
Brown University  Columbia University|
Livingston Award (finalist)
Witt is a staff writer for The New Yorker and has written for numerous publications including, The New York Times, Men's Journal, the New York Observer, n+1, the Oxford American, the London Review of Books, GQ, The Nation, and Miami New Times. Her writing has been described as a blend of "personal writing with social analysis." Her book Future Sex explores how women see the dating world in the 21st century; Publishers Weekly described her book as "an illuminating, hilarious account of sex and dating in the digital age, when hook-up culture and technology have vastly altered the romantic landscape."
Witt is a graduate of Brown University and the University of Cambridge. She also graduated from Columbia's graduate school of investigative journalism. While in Mozambique on a Fulbright scholarship, she reported on Mozambican cinema for U.N. news agencies including IRIN and PlusNews. She wrote for numerous publications and moved to New York City.
At age thirty, she found herself "single and heartbroken" and she resolved to explore why that was the case. Her focus shifted to dating and technology and sexuality; she traveled to San Francisco, dated often, and wrote about her encounters. She wrote about women having spontaneous orgasms during yoga, sometimes called coregasms or yogasms. She profiled the dating app Tinder.
Like most people I had started internet dating out of loneliness. I soon discovered, as most do, that it can only speed up the rate and increase the number of encounters with other single people, where each encounter is still a chance encounter.
Witt noted that many coming-of-age novels rarely addressed the issue of sexuality from a feminine perspective. In Slate magazine in 2013, she noted that, in many classic novels, the subject of female sexuality was missing or subdued, in addition to having female characters being defined simply in opposition to dynamic male characters; when she turned to books written by men, she was turned off.
- CASEY SCHWARTZ (August 26, 2016). "Sex and Dating: Now the Thinking Gal's Subject: The writer Emily Witt in the woods near her family's home in rural New Hampshire, where she often retreats to write". The New York Times. Retrieved August 29, 2016.
... At 30, the writer Emily Witt found herself single and heartbroken ... intent on examining the mythology around how life for women ... Ms. Witt, now 35. ... nonfiction seeks to blend personal writing with social analysis...
- Mike Vilensky (November 5, 2014). "N.Y. Midterm Elections 2014: Scenes From the Polls on Election Day". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved August 29, 2016.
...“I think he’s corrupt,” said Emily Witt, a 33-year-old writer who voted for Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins. “And I’ll say this, too: I thought he was a real jerk during the Ebola thing. That was icing on the cake....
- Tom Acitelli (July 20, 2011). "Another Reason Duane Reade Is Everywhere". Observer. Retrieved August 29, 2016.
... My colleague Emily Witt has an astute analysis ....
- ALEXANDER NAZARYAN (January 3, 2012). "James Franco sells a novel directly to Amazon". New York Daily News. Retrieved August 29, 2016.
... According to the Observer’s Emily Witt, “The novel is said to be a fictionalized version of Mr. Franco’s experiences as an actor (and grad student?).” ”...
- Brigid Delaney (19 January 2016). "A Little Life: why everyone should read this modern-day classic". The Guardian. Retrieved August 29, 2016.
... According to Emily Witt in the Guardian: “The close platonic friendship between Alex and Ben has no precedent that I can think of in recent fiction...”...
- "Emily Witt". ProPublica. August 29, 2016. Retrieved August 29, 2016.
... Emily Witt ... ProPublica. She graduated with honors from the Stabile Center for Investigative Reporting at Columbia University ... year in Mozambique on a Fulbright fellowship ... Mozambican cinema and ... IRIN and PlusNews. ... Miami New Times, where she was a finalist for a Livingston Award. ... Brown University ...
- JESSICA RUBIN (August 2011). "American Apparel Book: A Publicity Stunt For The Digital Age". StyleCaster. Retrieved August 29, 2016.
... But NY Mag reports that Emily Witt, who works for The New York Observer, got a copy of the proposal, ...
- MAUD NEWTON (May 24, 2013). "Who Doesn't Love Pandas?". The New York Times Magazine. Retrieved August 29, 2016.
... Emily Witt’s investigations into contemporary sexuality led her to San Francisco ... n+1 journal ...
- Emily Witt (25 October 2012). "Diary". London Review of Books. Retrieved August 29, 2016.
... Vol. 34 No. 20 -- pages 34-35 ... I am not usually comfortable in a bar by myself ... A man would go to a bar alone, I told myself. So I went to a bar alone. ...
- G. Pascal Zachary (June 14, 2010). "Let's not stereotype Nollywood films". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved August 29, 2016.
... In The Nation, Emily Witt takes a valuable stab in the process of explanation ... “Nollywood” ... Witt shrewdly observes that African movies ... are “burdened with ideology”...
- Marisa Meltzer (September 23, 2014). "Why Are Your Married Friends So Into Tinder?". New York Magazine. Retrieved August 29, 2016.
..."It's America, so people are always worried about getting old and out of touch and obsolete," said Emily Witt, who profiled Tinder in GQ earlier this year and whose forthcoming book, Future Sex, is on women and sexuality....
- The Week Staff (May 1, 2013). "Online porn: A new abstinence movement". The Week. Retrieved August 29, 2016.
...“Masturbation has become the latest frontier in the school of self-improvement,” said Emily Witt in NYMag.com. ...
- Lara Zarum (June 4, 2015). "How a Columbia J-School Student Tracked Down the 'Patient Zero' of Music Piracy". The Village Voice. Retrieved August 29, 2016.
... His father is a journalist, and his sister, Emily Witt, has a book about sex and technology forthcoming from FSG....
- August 2016, Publishers' Weekly, Future Sex (book review), Retrieved August 30, 2016, ... Emily Witt. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, ... (224p) ISBN 978-0-86547-879-4...
- Lorin Stein (May 10, 2013). "What We're Loving: Foot Juggling, Dancing, and Coregasms". The Paris Review. Retrieved August 29, 2016.
... And then, ‘coregasm.’ ... women who have spontaneous orgasms during yoga. -- Emily Witt on sex in San Francisco. —Lorin Stein...
- Anna Altman (August 12, 2014). "A Meet-Cute of Professional Networking and Online Dating". The New York Times. Retrieved August 29, 2016.
... First-person accounts of online dating ... Emily Witt writes in The London Review of Books ... early experiences online dating: “Like most people I had started internet dating out of loneliness...”
- Dayna Tortorici, Carla Blumenkranz, Emily Gould, Emily Witt (interview/conversation) (December 3, 2013). "Reading While Female: How to Deal With Misogynists and Male Masturbation". New York Magazine. Retrieved August 29, 2016.
...I’m not saying they don’t exist, but many of the great classic coming-of-age novels about the female experience don’t openly discuss sex -- Emily Witt...
- Amanda Hess (December 9, 2013). ""It Was Like a Pile of Kleenex": Women Writers on Reading Literature's "Midcentury Misogynists"". Slate magazine. Retrieved August 29, 2016.
... Emily Witt turned to masculine texts ... a sexual language that was absent from books about women ... classic coming-of-age novels about the female experience don’t openly discuss sex ... women are resigned to “the role of the bovine female,” ....