Cohen grew up in suburban New Jersey. She received an MFA in creative writing from the University of Oregon and an MA in counseling psychology from Pacific University. A counselor (LPC Intern) and writing instructor, she lives with her family in Portland, Oregon. She is the author of Loose Girl: A Memoir of Promiscuity, based on her own promiscuity during her teens. In 2006 she published Easy, a young adult novel.
She teaches creative writing for Gotham Writers Workshop in New York City and the Red Earth low-residency MFA program.
- The Truth of Memoir: How To Write About Yourself and Others with Honesty, Emotion, and Integrity (Writer's Digest Books, 2014)
- Easy (Simon & Schuster, 2006)
- 2006 ALA Quick Pick for Young Adults and 2006 Oregon Book Award finalist
- Loose Girl: A Memoir of Promiscuity (Hyperion, 2008)
- The Good Girl (Delacorte, 2008)
- It's Not You, It's Me (Delacorte, 2009)
- 2010 Oregon Book Award finalist
- Seeing Ezra (Seal Press, 2011)
- Dirty Little Secrets (Sourcebooks, 2011)
- Spent (Seal Press, 2014)
- "Kerry Cohen On Her Publishing And Her Promiscuous Past". The Huffington Post. 2008-06-06. Retrieved 2008-08-20.
- Cohen, Kerry (2008-06-19). "Confessions of a psychotherapist: 'Some girls turn to drugs or alcohol. I chose promiscuity'". The Daily Mail. Retrieved 2008-08-20.
- "Author Details for Kerry Cohen". Random House. Retrieved 2008-08-20.
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