Carmela Ciuraru is the author of Nom de Plume: A (Secret) History of Pseudonyms (HarperCollins), and a member of the National Book Critics Circle and PEN American Center. A 2011 NYFA Fellow in nonfiction, she has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Boston Globe, O, The Oprah Magazine, and other publications. Her website is