Dana Schwartz

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Dana Jae Schwartz
Born (1993-01-07) January 7, 1993 (age 30)
  • Journalist
  • author
  • screenwriter
Years active2014–present
SpouseIan Karmel

Dana Jae Schwartz[1] (born January 7, 1993)[2][3] is an American journalist, screenwriter and author.[4][5] She was previously a correspondent at Entertainment Weekly; she is also the author of four books.[6] She also writes and hosts Noble Blood, a historical weekly podcast for iHeartMedia about the dark side of monarchy.[7]

Early life[edit]

Schwartz grew up in Highland Park, Illinois and was raised in a Jewish household.[8] Schwartz attended Brown University on a public policy and a pre-medical course, but ultimately decided to become a writer.[9] Schwartz was a Presidential Scholar.


After internships with Conan O'Brien and at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, she began a career as a writer.

While an undergraduate, Schwartz attracted attention by setting up two parodic Twitter profiles, @GuyInYourMFA parodying pretentious and patronizing aspiring writers,[5][10][11] and @DystopianYA parodying young adult fiction such as the Hunger Games series set in a dystopian future,[12][13][14] both of which became popular with readers. Schwartz's success on Twitter helped launch her career in writing and publishing.[9] She was named one of the hundred most influential people in Brooklyn culture by Brooklyn Magazine in 2016.[15]

While a writer at The New York Observer, Schwartz wrote an open letter to her employer Jared Kushner criticizing his father-in-law Donald Trump's posting content from anti-Semitic sources on his Twitter feed, to which Kushner wrote a similar open letter in response.[16][17][18]

Schwartz is the creator and host of the podcast Noble Blood, which focuses on stories from the lives of historical royals. The podcast debuted at No.1 on the iTunes podcast charts.[19][20][21] The series was produced by Lore creator Aaron Mahnke.[22]

Schwartz appeared on the September 29, 2020 episode of The George Lucas Talk Show with fellow guest Bill Corbett.[23]


Schwartz was a staff writer on the Marvel television series She-Hulk: Attorney at Law for Disney+.[24] In 2021, she co-wrote Bring It On: Halloween with Rebekah McKendry, the seventh Bring It On movie which is intended to air in 2022.[25]


And We're Off[edit]

Dana Schwartz has published four books. Her first book, a YA novel entitled And We're Off was published in May 2017.[26][27][28][29] Seventeen Magazine named it one of the best books of the year, and Vulture listed it as one of the 10 best YA books of 2017.[30]

Choose Your Own Disaster[edit]

Schwartz's memoir, entitled Choose Your Own Disaster, was released in June 2018.[31]

The White Man's Guide to White Male Writers of the Western Canon[edit]

A book narrated by the "GuyInYourMFA" Twitter account character, with illustrations by New Yorker cartoonist Jason Adam Katzenstein, was released November 2019.[32]

Anatomy, A Love Story[edit]

Schwartz's fourth book, Anatomy, A Love Story, was published on January 18, 2021.[33][34] It was an instant #1 New York Times bestseller, and #1 Indie bestseller.[35]

Personal life[edit]

Schwartz is currently[when?] based in Los Angeles.[citation needed] On September 4, 2022 she married American comedian Ian Karmel.


  1. ^ "Dana Schwartz on Instagram: "Finally an official California resident (now uploaded again with more numbers blocked out)"". Instagram. Archived from the original on 2021-12-25. Retrieved Feb 18, 2020.
  2. ^ Schwartz, Dana (Jul 10, 2016). "Josh I was born in 1993 get those references out of here". Retrieved Feb 18, 2020.
  3. ^ "Dana Schwartz on Instagram: "My parents brought me a chocolate croissant for a birthday breakfast and Beetlejuice was hoping I'd share."". Instagram. Archived from the original on 2021-12-25. Retrieved 2020-03-01.
  4. ^ Lindsay, Kathryn. "How The Creator Of Your Favorite Parody Account Became A Voice For Teen Girls". Refinery29. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  5. ^ a b Levitt, Aimee (24 February 2015). "Guy in Your MFA tweeter gets literary attention that should rightfully go to guys in MFAs". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  6. ^ Weiss, Emma (26 January 2018). "From Pembroke to Published: an interview with writer Dana Schwartz". The Blognonian. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  7. ^ Barnum, Kevin Chang (2019-09-16). "Noble Blood Is a Gruesome Look into the Lives of History's Royals". Podcast Review. Retrieved 2022-07-21.
  8. ^ Dowling, Brendan. "Dana Schwartz On The Dangers of Twitter And Pigeonholing Yourself". Public Libraries Online. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  9. ^ a b Blumenfeld, Zach (17 May 2017). "Dana Schwartz: How to Turn Twitter Into a Book Deal". Paste. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  10. ^ Marra, Anthony (22 October 2015). "Anthony Marra interviews @guyinyourmfa". Lithub. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  11. ^ Pensky, Nathan (15 June 2015). "A word with @GuyInYourMFA, Twitter's most insufferable writer". Daily Dot. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  12. ^ Dalton, Dan. "This Woman Is Tweeting The Ultimate Dystopian YA Novel And It's Hilarious". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  13. ^ Davis, Lauren (12 February 2015). "Someone Is Writing The Ultimate Generic Dystopian YA Novel On Twitter". io9. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  14. ^ White, Caitlin. "Dystopian YA Novel Twitter Account Is The Perfect Young Adult Lit Parody". Bustle. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  15. ^ "Brooklyn 100: Dana Schwartz, Writer". Brooklyn Magazine. 2016-03-09. Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  16. ^ Mahler, Jonathan (2016-07-05). "Reporter Calls Out Publisher (Donald Trump's Son-in-Law) Over Anti-Semitism". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  17. ^ Schwartz, Dana (July 5, 2016). "An Open Letter to Jared Kushner, From One of Your Jewish Employees". The New York Observer. Archived from the original on September 24, 2017. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  18. ^ Nguyen, Tina (July 8, 2016). "Dana Schwartz isn't buying Jared Kushner's Trump Defence". Vanity Fair. Archived from the original on December 9, 2016. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  19. ^ "iTunesCharts.net: US Podcasts Tuesday, 16th July 2019". Jul 18, 2019. Archived from the original on July 18, 2019. Retrieved Feb 18, 2020.
  20. ^ "Noble Blood | A history podcast by Dana Schwartz". Retrieved Feb 18, 2020.
  21. ^ "iTunesCharts.net: 'Noble Blood' by iHeartRadio & Aaron Mahnke (American Podcasts iTunes Chart)". www.itunescharts.net. Retrieved Feb 18, 2020.
  22. ^ "Aaron Mahnke And Dana Schwartz Team Up With iHeartRadio For A New Podcast About Royal Deaths". Forbes. July 10, 2019. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
  23. ^ "The George Lucas Talk Show - Episode X "SithTrax" with Bill Corbett and Dana Schwartz". Youtube.
  24. ^ 'She-Hulk' Series Scribe Dana Schwartz Sells YA Novel 'Anatomy: A Love Story' To Wednesday Books
  25. ^ Kiefer, Halle (May 16, 2021). "Syfy Goes From Spirit Fingers to, Well, Spirit Fingers With Upcoming Sequel Bring It On: Halloween". Vulture. Retrieved January 13, 2022.
  26. ^ Robinson, Tasha (7 May 2017). "'And We're Off' Proves Brevity's Not Always The Soul Of Wit". NPR. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  27. ^ "Dana Schwartz's 'And We're Off'". Rolling Stone. 5 May 2017. Archived from the original on 13 February 2018. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  28. ^ Wengrovitz, Lauren (4 May 2017). "Guest Post: Ten Pieces of Art that influenced AND WE'RE OFF". The Young Folks. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  29. ^ AND WE'RE OFF by Dana Schwartz. Kirkus Reviews. 2017.
  30. ^ Kreizman, Maris. "The 10 Best YA Books of 2017". Vulture. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  31. ^ "And We're Off by Dana Schwartz | PenguinRandomHouse.com". Archived from the original on 2016-09-26.
  32. ^ "The White Man's Guide to White Male Writers of the Western Canon - Dana Schwartz - Paperback". HarperCollins. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  33. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (Jan 9, 2020). "'She-Hulk' Series Scribe Dana Schwartz Sells YA Novel 'Anatomy: A Love Story' To Wednesday Books". Retrieved Feb 18, 2020.
  34. ^ Shah, Simmone (January 11, 2022). "Dana Schwartz Wrote the YA Romance She Always Wanted to Read". TIME. Retrieved January 13, 2022.
  35. ^ "Young Adult Hardcover Books - Best Sellers - Books - Feb. 6, 2022 - the New York Times". The New York Times.

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