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About Harlan Cohen

Harlan CohenHarlan Cohen is the bestselling author of five books, a pro­fessional speaker, a musician, and one of the most widely read and respected male syndicated advice columnists in the country.

Harlan’s writing career began at Indiana University’s school newspaper, the Indiana Daily Student. He shifted his path toward advice after interning at The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in the summer of 1995, where he met a writer who inspired him to launch his Help Me, Harlan! advice column. Harlan’s balance of honest advice, helpful resources, and sharp humor turned the column into an instant success on and off campus. As the column spread, Harlan began writing books, speaking on college campuses, launching his websites, and creating original music to bring the topics addressed in his writing to life.

Harlan is the bestselling author of the books The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College (Sourcebooks),The Naked Roommate’s First Year Survival Workbook (Sourcebooks), The Naked Roommate: For Parents Only (Sourcebooks), and Campus Life Exposed: Advice from the Inside (Peterson’s). Harlan’s writing has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition, Real Simple, Details magazine, Seventeen maga­zine, Psychology Today, and hundreds of other newspa­pers and publications. King Features Syndicate distributes his Help Me, Harlan! advice column worldwide. He has been a guest on hundreds of radio and television pro­grams, including the Today Show. Harlan is a professional speaker who has visited more than 400 college campuses. He is an expert who addresses teen issues, college life, parenting, preg­nancy, dating, relationships, rejection, risk tak­ing, leadership, women’s issues, and a variety of other topics.

Harlan is the founder of the websites and He is the producer and singer/songwriter on his album Fortunate Accidents. He is also the founder and president of Risk/Rejection Awareness Week (February 7–14 annually) and The International Risk-Taking Project.

He lives in Chicago, Illinois, with his wife (his lifelong naked roommate), two young children, and dog.