Kristen Roupenian became an instant literary sensation when her short story, 'Cat Person', became the most shared piece of fiction in The New Yorker website’s history. Her highly anticipated debut, You Know You Want This, picks up where 'Cat Person' left off, with a collection of funny, furious and explicit stories exploring the complex connections between gender, sex and power. Hear fiction’s most audacious new voice in conversation with Estelle Tang.

Supported by the University of Sydney.


Kristen Roupenian (International)

Kristen Roupenian

Kristen Roupenian graduated from Barnard College and holds a PhD in English from Harvard, as well as an MFA from the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan. She is the author of the short story, 'Cat Person,' which appeared in The New Yorker and was selected by Sheila Heti for The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2018. Her debut collection, You Know You Want This: Cat Person and Other Stories is her first book.

Estelle Tang (Australian)

Estelle Tang

Estelle Tang is a senior editor at, where she interviews celebrities and sometimes dresses up like them. She once got asked if her life was like the movie How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, and the answer was not “No.” She was previously a literary scout, a textbook wrangler, and a contributor at Rookie. Estelle lives in Brooklyn, New York.