KEYSHA WHITAKER is a writer and critic (usually of herself) whom Dunkin Donuts employees have named one of the top five customers to watch how much cream goes into her coffee. Her writing has been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Reductress, The Forward, Full Grown People, Brevity, The Frisky, and others. She appeared as the radio personality “Prozac Girl” on HOT 97’s Star and Buc Wild Morning Show during its #1 ratings-run in the early 2000s where she interviewed celebrities including Lil’ Kim, Queen Latifah, LL Cool J, and 50 Cent. She also appeared on-air at 94.3 WYBC in Connecticut and as a guest host on WBAI in NYC where she interviewed Hanna Rosin, author of The End of Men and the Rise of Women, and Tim Wise, essayist and author of Dear White America, on the radio show Equal Time for Freethought.
In 2010, Keysha was featured as a guest panelist on The Tyra Banks Show after her now defunct news and lifestyle site SingleWomenRule.com garnered the attention of a producer for the episode, “I don’t need a hubby or baby to feel complete.”
Whitaker studied improv at NYC’s Magnet Theater, and after attending the Manhattan Comedy School, she performed as a stand-up comic in NYC for a summer, until she ran out of people to invite to her bringer shows.
Currently, she lives in Pennsylvania (she’s still confused about how this happened). She has an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School and teaches writing at Penn State Berks.