Erin Aubry Kaplan | KCET
Erin Aubry Kaplan
As a journalist, Erin’s passion has always been injecting the personal in features, commentary, criticism and essays. One of her most-remembered pieces is “The Butt,” an essay for the LA Weekly that pondered the many social and psychological ramifications of having the pronounced backside typical of black women (Erin was the body model for the photos that ran with the story. She thought she would go unrecognized; she did not). Another Weekly piece, “Blue Like Me,” explored the modern connections between her own long battle with depression, family history and the still-distressing state of the race. That piece won the PEN USA 2001 award for journalism.
Erin’s essays have been anthologized is several books, including Mothers Who Think: Tales of Real-Life Parenthood (Villard, Washington Square Press), Step Into A World (Wiley & Sons) and Rise Up Singing: Black Women Writers on Motherhood (Doubleday). The last book’s contributors include Maya Angelou, Gwendolyn Brooks and Alice Walker, and won an American Book Award in 2004.
Erin was born and raised in South Los Angeles and lives in Inglewood. She is married (yes, to a Jewish man—no, she’s not biracial) and has two rescue dogs, Toby and Maude.
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