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, he was a fiction writing Instructor at The New School and his award-winning short stories have appeared in journals including Tin House, FICTION, Other Voices, and The Mississippi Review. Brett is the author of the humorous instructive non-fiction book The Gay Uncle’s Guide to Parenting (Crown/Random House 2008).
Brett is also a regular contributor to Vanity Fair where he writes about cars, politics, and popular culture. As a freelance writer, his automotive non-fiction writing has also appeared in Autoweek, BBC.com, Black Ink, Bloomberg Businessweek, Car and Driver, CNN.com, Departures, Esquire, GQ, The Huffington Post, Jalopnik, The L.A. Times, Men’s Journal, Popular Mechanics, Road & Track, and Yahoo! Autos.
Brett and his boyfriend of twenty-three years, the writer Tal McThenia, divide their time between New York City and a house in upstate New York.