Hilton Als began contributing to the New Yorker in 1989, writing pieces for The Talk of the Town. He became a staff writer in 1994, theater critic in 2002, and lead theater critic in 2012. Before coming to the New Yorker, he was a staff writer for the Village Voice and an editor-at-large at Vibe.
Als’s first book, The Women, was published in 1996. His book White Girls, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and winner of the Lambda Literary Award for nonfiction, discusses various narratives of race and gender.
Als won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 2017 and the Langston Hughes Medal in 2018. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in Creative Arts in 2000. He was named an inaugural Presidential Visiting Scholar at Princeton University for the 2020-21 academic year and was recently voted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Als is an associate professor of writing at Columbia University’s School of the Arts and has taught at Yale University, Wesleyan University, and Smith College. He is currently working on a new book titled I Don’t Remember (Penguin, 2023) about his experiences in AIDS-era New York. He lives in New York City.