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Erin Aubry Kaplan

Erin Aubry Kaplan is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. She is a journalist and author who was the first weekly African-American columnist for The Los Angeles Times, from 2006 to 2007. Before that, she was a staff writer for LA Weekly and New Times Los Angeles. Ms. Kaplan is the author of two books, "Black Talk, Blue Thoughts, and Walking the Color Line: Dispatches From a Black Journalista" and "I Heart Obama." Her essays and reporting have appeared in many anthologies, including "Rise Up Singing: Black Women Writers on Motherhood," which won an American Book Award in 2004. She has taught creative nonfiction in the M.F.A. writing program at Antioch University, Los Angeles.