Karla Starr was born in Buffalo, NY and attended New York University, where she was the editor-in-chief of the school’s oldest literary magazine as a sophomore. After college, she taught middle school math and English in New Orleans with Teach For America.
Starr later worked at the alt-weekly in Portland, Oregon as the editor of the books section, and then at Seattle Weekly as a staff writer. After living in Buenos Aires for a few years, she returned to the U.S. at the height of the Great Recession, where she was inspired to write her first book. Can You Learn to Be Lucky? Why Some People Seem to Win More Often Than Others, was named a Fast Company best book of the year.
She’s been featured in NPR, CBS Sunday Morning, The Atlantic, Slate, Popular Science, the Guardian, and is the recipient of an award for the Best Science/Health story from the Society of Professional Journalists.