Deborah Copaken

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Deborah Copaken
Born Deborah Elizabeth Copaken
(1966-03-11) March 11, 1966 (age 51)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater Harvard University
Known for Arts and letters, photography

Deborah Copaken (born March 11, 1966[1]) is an American author and photojournalist. The New York Times described her in 2000 as "a media powerbabe." [2]

Personal life[edit]

She was born Deborah Elizabeth Copaken[3] in Boston. The daughter of Marjorie Ann (née Schwartz) and Richard Daniel Copaken, who served as a White House Fellow for President Lyndon B. Johnson, she grew up in Maryland, first in Adelphi and then from 1970 in Potomac.[4][5][6][7] She attended Harvard University.

As an adult, Copaken has lived in Paris and Moscow before moving to New York in 1992.[7] She and former spouse Paul M. Kogan have three children, including actor Jacob Kogan.[8][9]


Prior to beginning a writing career, Copaken was a television producer at ABC and NBC and a war photographer.[7][10][11] Her novel Between Here and April[12] was published in 2008 and won the November Elle Reader's Prize.[13] In 2009, she released a book of comic essays, Hell is Other Parents, some of which appeared in the New Yorker and the New York Times.[14][15] In 2001, she published a memoir of her experiences in photojournalism, Shutterbabe.[10] Her second novel, The Red Book, published by Hyperion/VOICE in April 2012, was a New York Times bestseller.[16] The book was longlisted for the 2013 Women's Prize for Fiction.[10][17] Writing in The Washington Post, Curtis Sittenfeld found the book “in equal measures clever and nauseating," adding, “Kogan’s writing is at its best enjoyably breezy but at its worst glib.” [18]

Inspired by the longlisting of her novel, Copaken in 2013 wrote an essay for The Nation detailing sexism she has encountered and observed in her career. Among other issues, she wrote that she was forced to use the titles under which her earlier books appeared, and that she was raped on the eve of her graduation from college.[10][19][20][21]

She has performed and curated live storytelling for The Moth;[22] she has also performed on the New York stage with Afterbirth,[23] the Six Word Memoir series. She is currently adapting Shutterbabe as a TV series for NBC.[24]

In February 2015, following a hysterectomy, she conducted a performance piece titled "A Dear John Letter To My Uterus" at Joe's Pub in Manhattan.[25]


  1. ^ Copaken, Deborah. "Facebook Fan page". Facebook. Retrieved January 10, 2015. 
  2. ^ Lee, Linda (2000-12-31). "A NIGHT OUT WITH - Deborah Copaken Kogan - A Saucy Matchmaker". Retrieved 2016-02-07. 
  3. ^ "Engagements; Deborah E. Copaken, Paul M. Kogan". The New York Times. 1993-04-18. Retrieved 2010-05-01. 
  4. ^ Archived from the original on November 25, 2010. Retrieved July 30, 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Richard Copaken Weds Marjorie Ann Schwartz". The New York Times. 1963-06-17. 
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ a b c "Some Biographical Notes". Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  8. ^ Rosenblum, Constance (28 January 2010). "Tea and Uncertainty for a Busy Family". The New York Times. 
  9. ^ Copaken, Deborah (2014-12-12). "What's in a Name, and How Do I Change Mine in the Digital Age?". Some Spider LLC. Retrieved 2015-01-10. 
  10. ^ a b c d Clark, Nick (12 April 2013). "Women's Prize for Fiction nominee Deborah Copaken Kogan lifts the lid on sexism in publishing and the arts". The Independent. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "ENGAGEMENTS; Deborah E. Copaken, Paul M. Kogan". The New York Times. 18 April 1993. 
  12. ^ Deborah Copaken Kogan. "Between Here and April". ISBN 9781565125629. Retrieved 2016-02-07. 
  13. ^ [2] Archived March 20, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ Deborah Copaken Kogan  (2007-03-05). "Stage Motherhood". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2016-02-07. 
  15. ^ "MODERN LOVE; La Vie en Rose, the Takeout Version". The New York Times. 2007-04-15. Retrieved 2010-05-01. 
  16. ^ "COMBINED PRINT & E-BOOK FICTION". The New York Times. 2012-04-22. Retrieved 2013-04-15. 
  17. ^ Lipman, Jennifer (18 April 2013). "Last woman standing as four fail to make shortlist". Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  18. ^ Sittenfeld, Curtis (2012-03-29). ""The Red Book," by Deborah Copaken Kogan - The Washington Post". Retrieved 2016-02-07. 
  19. ^ Kogan, Deborah Copaken (29 April 2013). "My So-Called 'Post-Feminist' Life in Arts and Letters". The Nation. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  20. ^ Stoeffel, Kat (11 April 2013). "Why Women's Books Have Terrible Titles". New York Magazine. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  21. ^ Dean, Michelle (17 April 2013). "How to Win at the Women's Memoir Game". New York Magazine. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  22. ^ "The Moth Store — The Moth Store". Retrieved 2016-02-07. 
  23. ^ "Dani Klein Modisett, Writer, Producer, Actor, Teacher". 2004-02-26. Retrieved 2016-02-07. 
  24. ^ Copaken, Deborah (2014-10-31). "How I Got Rejected From a Job at The Container Store". Some Spider LLC. Retrieved 2014-10-31. 
  25. ^ Copaken, Deborah. "A Dear John Letter to My Uterus Scary Mommy". Retrieved 2016-02-07. 

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