AJ Dahler is a Canadian-American writer in Toronto.
She has previously been a Nordstrom sales associate, short order cook, grocery clerk, journalist, event producer, food blogger, proposal writer, presentation designer, and finally a freelance writer/producer (which she still is).
She was raised in rural Pennsylvania by young and very creative parents before going off to university and spending her earliest working years in Russia chasing the secrets to literary genius and going to amazing parties. Finding Russian life intense after three years, she left Moscow for grad school in Toronto, where she stayed long enough to appreciate CBC, the idea of the cottage, and butter tarts. She spent two years in Vancouver, learning to both chill and manage anxiety, before moving back to Toronto. She's now polite but doesn't over-apologize.
In addition to American and Canadian English, she’s fluent in Russian, can read French, and produces convincing vaguely foreign-sounding accents. She holds a B.A. in Russian literature from Bryn Mawr College (just like Midge Maisel!) and an M.A. from the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.