Julie Lythcott-Haims Opportunity

English/Writing Opportunity for Denver Area Students Between the Ages of 12-17

Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of the New York Times bestselling book, How to Raise an Adult, will be in Denver for an event at Tattered Cover LoDo on Wednesday, October 25 at 7pm for her forthcoming book, Real American

She'd like to invite a student between the ages of 12-17 to read a piece of original poetry, spoken word, or prose that relates to the theme of being the “other,” about race and racism in America at the beginning of the programming. Please see below for more details. Please pass this on to your English teachers, too! If you're interested, please email Kristen Gilligan.


As her “otherness” stems from being Black and biracial, she'd prefer, if possible, to feature a student who identifies as Black/African-American. When that is not possible, she's happy to work with kids who relate to “otherness” broadly defined, whether due to race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexual orientation, religion, disability, citizenship, or any other aspect of background or life experience that have made the child feel like the “other.”

The piece should not exceed 3 minutes, and the child and their parent/guardian must be willing to sign a release for use of the piece on social media. The child will receive a signed copy of Julie's book as a token of her appreciation.


Julie Lythcott-Haims served as dean of freshmen and undergraduate advising at Stanford University, where she received the Dinkelspiel Award for her contributions to the undergraduate experience. She has spoken and written widely on the phenomenon of helicopter parenting, and her work has appeared on TEDx talks and in The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. Julie holds a BA from Stanford University and a JD from Harvard Law School, and is pursuing an MFA in writing from California College of the Arts. In addition to nonfiction, she writes creative nonfiction, poetry, and plays. She resides in Palo Alto, California, with her husband, their two teenagers, and her mother.


Real American is Julie's memoir about race and racism, and about how she learned to forge a self and to love that self regardless of what other people may think of Black and biracial people. As she gives voice to her own experience, she's simultaneously deeply interested in stepping aside and making room for the next generation to express themselves. Hence the “Opening Act” concept for the Real American book tour. 

With a brisk poetic sensibility, Lythcott-Haims stirringly evokes her personal battle with the low self-esteem that American racism routinely inflicts on people of color. The only child of an African-American father and a white British mother, she shows indelibly how so-called "micro" aggressions in addition to blunt force insults can puncture a person's inner life with a thousand sharp cuts. Real American expresses also, through Lythcott-Haims’s path to self-acceptance, the healing power of community in overcoming the hurtful isolation of being incessantly considered "the other."


The audiobook of How To Raise An Adult is available, too. Click here to order it!


Real American: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250137746
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Henry Holt & Company - October 3rd, 2017

How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250093639
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - August 2nd, 2016