Harlan is a best-selling author the books, Dad’s Pregnant Too (Sourcebooks), The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College (Sourcebooks), and Campus Life Exposed: Advice from the Inside (Peterson’s). He is a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul III and an occasional contributor to the Chicago Tribune. He penned the “On Campus” column for The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition for two years and has been featured as an expert offering advice in The New York Times, Details magazine, Seventeen magazine, and Psychology Today.
Cohen is one of the most widely read and respected male syndicated advice columnists in the country. His Help Me, Harlan! advice column is distributed by King Features Syndicate and reaches millions of readers in local daily and college newspapers across the United States, in Canada, and overseas. Harlan’s column can be read in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN), South Florida’s Sun-Sentinel, and dozens more local daily and college newspapers worldwide.
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. Harlan was inspired to write his advice column after meeting a writer who had penned a similar column in college. Upon returning to IU, he immediately launched his Help Me, Harlan! column. At first, he wrote questions and answers to himself, and helped himself. Then “real” letters started rolling in. He consulted experts on and off campus to help with his replies. This balance of honest advice, helpful resources and humor turned the column into an instant success on and off campus.
When not writing advice, Harlan can be found speaking across the country, appearing on radio and television programs, contributing to his websites www.DadsPregnant.com, www.HelpMeHarlan.com, and www.TheNakedRoommate.com, completing his next book, and writing and performing music from his new album, Fortunate Accidents (distributed by Harl-Animal Records). Harlan is also the founder and president of Rejection Awareness Week and The International Risk-Taking Project.
He lives in Chicago, Illinois with his wife, 2-year-old daughter. 3-month-old son, and 3-year-old miniature Schnauzer.
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