Kerry Howley is an essayist, screenwriter, and the author of Bottom’s Up and the Devil Laughs: A Journey Through the Deep State (Knopf, 2023), and Thrown (Sarabande Books, 2014), a New York Times Notable Book, New York Times Editor’s Choice, and pick for best-of-the-year lists in Time, Salon, Slate, and many other venues.
Howley is also the screenwriter behind Winner, a 2023 comic coming of age film adapted from her profile of whistleblower Reality Winner. The film stars Emilia Jones, Connie Britton, and Zach Galifianakus.
In 2020 Howley left a professorship at the University of Iowa’s celebrated Nonfiction MFA program to join the staff of New York Magazine. Her work has appeared in the Paris Review, Best American Sportswriting, the New York Times Magazine, and Harper’s. A three-time National Magazine Award nominee, she lives in Los Angeles.