Ayun Halliday

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Ayun Halliday
Born March 29, 1965
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Occupation Writer and Actor
Nationality American
Genre Zines, Graphic novels, Memoir, Play (theatre), Travel literature
Notable works Dirty Sugar Cookies: Culinary Observations, Questionable Taste

Ayun Halliday (pronounced as "Ann") is a writer and actor.

She is best known as the author and illustrator (or, as Halliday herself terms it, "the chief primatologist") of the long-running zine The East Village Inky. The zine got its name from Halliday's living in New York City's East Village, and "Inky" being the nickname of her then-infant daughter.[1]

She is Bust magazine's Mother Superior columnist, in which she often discusses motherhood, her children and social issues.

Her first graphic novel, Peanut, was published in December 2012 and was positively reviewed by the New York Times.[2]

Initially named "Anne", Halliday was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on March 29, 1965. She has no siblings. She attended Park Tudor School and Northwestern University, where she obtained a degree in theater performance. After graduating, she joined the Neo-Futurists, an experimental theater troupe in Chicago. It was during her tenure with the troupe that she met her husband, playwright Greg Kotis.

She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with Kotis and their two children, India and Milo.

She participates yearly in the Coney Island Mermaid Parade.

Published books[edit]

  • The Big Rumpus (published in the UK as Mama Lama Ding Dong) (2002)
  • No Touch Monkey! And Other Travel Lessons Learned Too Late (2003)
  • Job Hopper (2005)
  • Dirty Sugar Cookies: Culinary Observations, Questionable Taste (2006)
  • Always Lots of Heinies at the Zoo (2009)
  • The Zinester's Guide to NYC (2010)
  • Peanut (2012)


  • The Mermaid’s Legs (2014)
  • Fawnbook (2015)


  1. ^ Sabin, Anika (23 January 2013). "Interview with Ayun Halliday". New York Times. Retrieved 7 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Paul,Pamela (28 February 2010). "Fitting In/Standing Out: 'Peanut,' by Ayun Halliday". Reading Frenzy. Retrieved 29 March 2016. 

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