I am a journalist, author, editor and now novelist. For several years, I edited the health pages for the New York Times, working on health coverage for Science Times and for the newspaper at large. I was also the executive editor of Essence Magazine—two different times--where I wrote or edited a number of award-winning articles that I am extremely proud of.
As a contributing reporter, I have written many articles for the Times, several of which ran on the newspaper’s front page. I’ve also contributed articles, profiles and reviews to a number of national publications, including Glamour, Health, Latina, the New York Times Book Review, O Magazine, Vibe and Woman’s Day. Whenever I get the inspiration, I write a column called “Outside the Lines,” which appears on afterellen.com. I also contribute to theroot.com.
I have won lots of awards from organizations, including The American Medical Writers’ Association, The Arthur Ashe Institute, Lincoln University, the New York Association of Black Journalists, the National Women’s Political Caucus, the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists’ Association and the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center.
Most recently, I have provided editorial consulting to a number of companies and organizations. For American Express Publishing, I launched a newsletter for television host Dr. Phil. For the Kaiser Family Foundation, I was honored to train journalists from around the world to better cover the international HIV/AIDS epidemic and cover the International AIDS conferences in Barcelona, Bangkok and Toronto. I also conceive, write and edit beauty and lifestyle publications for the Meredith Corporation.
I am the author or co-author of three books, including Body & Soul: The Black Women’s Guide to Physical Health and Emotional Well-Being. When I get the opportunity, I work behind the scenes helping other authors complete proposals and package and write their books. My first novel, Passing for Black, was released in 2008 and was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award.
A graduate of the University of Colorado, I also spent a year at Harvard University as a journalism fellow. I am the program director of the journalism department at the City College of New York where I teach writing and media studies. I live in Brooklyn with my partner and two children. My mom, Clara Villarosa, is the retired founder and co-owner of the Hue-Man Bookstore in Harlem.