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Speaker Profile - Rita Arens


Region: KS/MO
Age Levels: 11-13 and 14-17
Will Travel: < 500 miles
Skype Visit: Yes
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Rita Arens is the author of young adult novel The Obvious Game (InkSpell Publishing, 2013) and the editor of the award-winning parenting anthology Sleep Is for the Weak (Chicago Review Press, 2008). She writes the popular blog Surrender, Dorothy ( and lives in Kansas City with her husband and daughter. The Obvious Game is her first young adult novel. She is at work on a second. Arens is the deputy editor of

Arens is a frequent speaker at blogging and writing conferences. She’s been quoted by Bloomberg Businessweek, The Associated Press, Forbes Woman, the Wall Street Journal, Businessweek and Businessweek Online and featured in Breathe magazine, Get Your Biz Savvy, The Kansas City Star (archived material available on request), Today Moms (Today Show blog) and Ink KC.

Arens is active as an author and as a reader on Goodreads. For more information, visit

Presentation Description:

Rita Arens has been a prominent voice in eating disorder recovery online for the past ten years. Her young adult novel, THE OBVIOUS GAME (InkSpell Publishing, 2013) was called, “a fearless, honest, and intense look into the psychology of anorexia.”

Arens has written about anorexia under the frames of dating, recovery, parenting and pregnancy, interviewing doctors and researchers in her chronicles. The deputy editor of, Arens is a frequent speaker at blogging conferences and has appeared on local NPR radio and in the 2013 Kansas City Listen to Your Mother Show discussing her books, parenting, writing and recovery.

Arens is also the editor of the NAPPA-award winning parenting anthology SLEEP IS FOR THE WEAK (Chicago Review Press, 2008) and holds a master’s degree in English from the University of Missouri – Kansas City’s professional writing program. Arens won a 2014 Writer’s Digest award and has been quoted in Forbes Woman, the Wall Street Journal and Businessweek.

Her expertise includes: Mental health and anxiety management, eating disorder recovery (specifically anorexia), dating an anorexic, parenting an anorexic, and anorexia recovery and pregnancy

Follow Rita on Twitter @ritaarens