Born and raised on a farm in Indiana, Andrea Crawford traded a John Deere tractor for the A train. For more than 15 years, she has been a magazine editor, writer, and journalist. Now she is writing a memoir, to be published by Avery/Penguin, about leaving behind her family’s multi-generational farm only to find herself drawn back to agriculture in New York City—of all places.
Crawford’s stories and essays have been published in Slate, Psychology Today, the New York Times, Tablet Magazine, and more. Formerly a contributing editor at Poets & Writers, senior editor at Art News, and executive editor at NYU Magazine, she was awarded an Arthur F. Burns journalism fellowship, for which she reported from Germany, and a Rotary International grant to India.
In 2015, she graduated from Farm School NYC, a two-year training program in food justice and sustainable agriculture.
Crawford studied English and journalism at Indiana University in Bloomington. After earning her Masters degree there in English literature, she moved to New York City with her husband, Michael Pippenger, who oversees global programs for undergraduates at Columbia University. They live in the northern Manhattan neighborhood of Inwood.