Cathy Alter’s feature articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in local and national newspapers and magazines including The Washington PostWashingtonianThe AtlanticThe Huffington PostSelfMcSweeney’s, and SMITH Magazine. Her book, Virgin Territory: Stories from the Road to Womanhood was released in 2004 and her memoir, Up for Renewal: What Magazines Taught Me About Love, Sex, and Starting Over was released in July 2008. She holds an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University, where she is currently a faculty member and nonfiction advisor.