Kerman at the 2010 Brooklyn Book Festival
|Born||Piper Eressea Kerman
September 28, 1969
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
|Alma mater||Smith College|
|Occupation||Writer, author, memoirist|
|Notable work(s)||Orange Is the New Black|
|Spouse(s)||Larry Smith (m. 2006)|
Kerman was born on September 28, 1969 in Boston into a family with many doctors, attorneys and educators and graduated from Smith College in 1992. A self-described WASP, in 1993 she entered into a romantic relationship with a woman who dealt heroin for a West African kingpin. Kerman laundered money for the drug operation.
In 1998, Kerman was indicted for money laundering and drug trafficking and subsequently pled guilty. Beginning in 2004, she served 13 months of a 15 month sentence at FCI Danbury, a minimum security prison located in Danbury, Connecticut.
At present, Kerman works as a communications strategist for nonprofits.
Kerman published her best-selling memoir about her experiences in prison, Orange Is the New Black, in 2010. An adaptation of the same name by Jenji Kohan, the Emmy award-winning creator of Weeds, debuted in July 2013 on Netflix. Kerman's analogue on the series ("Piper Chapman") is played by Taylor Schilling. The program was renewed for a second season before season 1 premiered.
- "Prison, Day 1", The New York Times, March 15, 2010
- "The Mistake That Nearly Cost Me Everything", Marie Claire
- "The Piper Kerman Is Going to Federal Prison FAQ", Thepipebomb.com, Piper Kerman, Feb. 1, 2004
- "Life Behind Bars", Marie Claire, Lea Goldman
- "Behind the Bars: One Woman's Year in Prison", Time, Frances Romero, Apr. 28, 2010
- "'Orange Is The New Black' In Federal Women's Prison", Talk of the Nation
- " Piper Kerman, author of the memoir "Orange is the New Black", on the Netflix series she inspired", CBC Radio - "Q", Aug 14, 2013
- Lee Ball, Aimee (August 2, 2013). "Prison Life, Real and Onscreen".
- "The Woman Behind ‘Orange Is The New Black’". 90.9 WBUR. July 29, 2013.
- Humphrey, Michael (2010-03-25). "Ex-Convict Piper Kerman on Her Hot New Memoir, Orange Is the New Black". New York Magazine. Retrieved 2010-05-08.
- Segura, Liliana (2010-04-01). "Orange Is the New Black: A Year in a Women's Prison". Truthout. Retrieved 2010-05-08.
- "What's a Nice Blonde Like Me Doing in Prison?", Slate, Jessica Grose, April 8, 2010
- Nellie Andreeva (June 27, 2013), Netflix Renews ‘Orange Is The New Black’ For Second Season