Mishna Wolff is a writer and humorist living in Los Angeles. She’s originally from Seattle, where she was raised in a blended African American family in a poor minority neighborhood. Growing up she constantly wrestled with her own whiteness and ambitions clashing with her family’s values and means. Conversely, when she was sent to upper middle class white school, she found that just because she shared race with her classmates didn’t mean she belonged. Mishna made her way to New York through modeling. And her first foray into writing was at age twenty when she wrote a humor piece for BlackBook magazine about Model Turned Actresses. The article offended fashion people and Mishna was hooked. For the next several years, she took the stage at the old Luna Lounge, and Upright Citizens Brigade, honing her comedic skills and performing her personal essays in the LA storytelling series, “Sit n’ Spin”. She has been featured on VH1, Comedy Central, Air America and NPR. Her one-person show “I’m Down” was the basis for her memoir of the same name. The book is her hilarious dysfunctional-family story about growing up in an all-black neighborhood and her struggle to fit in. It’s also a unique father-daughter story that’s deeply moving and socially poignant. As Kirkus Reviews said, I’m Down ”deftly and hilariously delineates the American drama of race and class for one little girl.” It tells the story of how Mishna united the parts of her life to become one whole person.
St. Martin's Griffin
Mishna Wolff grew up in a poor black neighborhood with her single father, a white man who truly believed he was black. “He strutted around with a short...