Nina MacLaughlin is the author of Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter, a critically praised memoir. She is a books columnist for The Boston Globe and has written for publications such as The Paris Review Daily, The Believer, the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Wall Street Journal, Bookslut, The Daily Beast, Cosmopolitan, and The Huffington Post. She was also an editor at The Boston Phoenix. She was also named one of Refinery29's 21 New Writers You Should Know. She resides in the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts.