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March 29, 1965|
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
|Occupation||Writer and Actor|
|Education||Park Tudor School|
|Alma mater||Northwestern University|
|Genre||Zines, Graphic novels, Memoir, Plays, Travel literature|
|Spouse||Greg Kotis (m. 1995)|
|Partner||Stephen Colbert (1986–89)|
Ayun Halliday (born March 29, 1965) (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 India.
Halliday was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. She has no siblings. She attended Park Tudor School and Northwestern University, where she obtained a degree in theater performance. She is also a licensed massage therapist, who completed her training at the Chicago School of Massage Therapy. 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.
Halliday and Kotis are co-founders of Theater of the Apes.
Halliday created and hosts Necromancers of the Public Domain, a monthly performance series in New York City, wherein a dusty book from the New York Society Library is turned in a low budget variety show.
- 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)
- Farang (1992)
- Bagel: Anatomy as Simile (1994)
- Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (1989-1998)
- The Mermaid’s Legs (2014)
- Fawnbook (2015)
- Zamboni Godot (2017)
- Nurse! (2018)
- "Bio". Retrieved October 2, 2017.
- Sabin, Anika (23 January 2013). "Interview with Ayun Halliday". New York Times. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
- Paul, Pamela (28 February 2010). "Fitting In/Standing Out: 'Peanut,' by Ayun Halliday". Reading Frenzy. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
- Brady Smith, Lois (May 21, 2006). "Ayun Halliday and Greg Kotis". The New York Times. Retrieved October 2, 2017.
- Rendell, Joanne (July 14, 2015). "Theater on Their Own Terms". The Huffington Post. Retrieved October 2, 2017.
- Official website
- Dirty Sugar Cookies food blog
- Whogoslavia? travel blog
- 2006 Interview with Ayun
- Works by or about Ayun Halliday in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Theater of the Apes website
- New York Times "Vows" column
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