Trevor Corson’s first book, The Secret Life of Lobsters, began as a centerpiece article in the Atlantic that was included in The Best American Science Writing edited by Oliver Sacks. The Secret Life of Lobsters was a Barnes & Noble Discover Award winner and was named a Best Nature Book of the Year by USA Today and Discover and a Best Book of the Year by Time Out New York, and went on to become a worldwide bestseller in the popular-science category. As part of his research for the book, Trevor worked for two years as a full-time commercial fisherman on a Maine lobster boat.

Trevor’s second book, The Story of Sushi: An Unlikely Saga of Raw Fish and Rice, was selected as an Editors’ Choice by the New York Times Book Review; it was also named a Best Food Book of the Year by Zagat and the Best American Food Literature Book of the Year by the Gourmand Awards. To research the book, Trevor followed a class of apprentice sushi chefs through a four-month intensive training program. He now hosts educational historical sushi dinners in New York City.

Trevor has written about a wide variety of topics for the Atlantic, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, and other publications. He began his career in writing as an editorial assistant at the Atlantic, and went on to serve for three years as the managing editor of the literary magazine Transition, published by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and K. Anthony Appiah at Harvard University. During Trevor’s tenure at Transition, the magazine won three consecutive Alternative Press Awards for International Reporting and was nominated for a National Magazine Award in General Excellence.

Trevor is currently a 2014–2016 Teaching Fellow in the writing program at Columbia University. He has been an adjunct professor at The New School and has taught writing workshops at the Key West Literary Seminar, the Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism at Harvard University, and the Universities of Memphis and Miami.

Trevor is a frequent public speaker and he appears often in the media, having been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, ABC World News with Charles Gibson, NPR’s All Things Considered and Talk of the Nation, and Food Network’s Iron Chef America, as well as discussing his areas of expertise on numerous other television and radio programs.

A summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Princeton University, Trevor is a recipient of the John Fisher Zeidman Memorial Chinese Studies Fellowship, a Japanese Ministry of Education Fellowship, and a Knight Fellowship at M.I.T. in the Investigative Science Journalism Boot Camp; he has also been a Visiting Writer at the University of Memphis. He is currently working towards an MFA degree in creative writing at Columbia University. He lived in China for two years, Japan for three, and speaks both languages. More recently he has been trying to learn Finnish after marrying his wife, writer Anu Partanen.

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Discussion at the University of Memphis MFA program on Oct. 10, 2008