Kristal Brent Zook is an award-winning journalist and author of four books including The Girl in the Yellow Poncho, a coming-of-age story about being biracial in America, searching for her missing white father, and finding one’s authentic identity. A former contributor to the Washington Post and ESSENCE, her work has appeared in Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, LIFE, and The Guardian among others. The Girl in the Yellow Poncho has been praised in Vanity Fair, PEOPLE, Ms., The Root, and Kirkus. Dr. Zook is a tenured journalism at Hofstra University in New York. She has appeared on outlets such as CNN, MSNBC, C-Span, MTV, Fox, BET, PBS, and TV-One and NPR.