BRETT BERK, M.S., Ed., worked as a classroom teacher and a preschool director, and now acts as a research consultant to some of the world’s biggest producers of kids’ educational media, toys, and consumer products. His writing on children, parenting, and child development has appeared frequently in The Advocate, Babble, The Chicago Tribune, Cookie, Momlogic, Time Out New York Kids and Yahoo!.
For nine years, Brett worked as a fiction writing Instructor at The New School University in New York City, and his award-winning short stories have appeared in journals including Tin House, FICTION, Other Voices, and The Mississippi Review. Brett is also the author of the humorous instructive non-fiction book The Gay Uncle’s Guide to Parenting (Crown/Random House 2008).
Brett now works mainly as a freelance journalist. He is a regular contributor to Vanity Fair and VF.com where he writes about cars, politics, and popular culture. His non-fiction has also appeared in Autoweek, BBC.com, Black Ink, Bloomberg Businessweek, Car and Driver, Celebrated Living, CNN.com, Departures, DETAILS, Esquire, GQ, The Globe & Mail, The Huffington Post, Jalopnik, The L.A. Times, Maxim, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Journal, The Official Ferrari Magazine, Popular Mechanics, Road & Track, and Yahoo! Autos.
Brett and his boyfriend of twenty-four years, the writer Tal McThenia, divide their time between New York City and a house in upstate New York.