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Julie Kliegman

I’m the copy chief at Sports Illustrated and based in Queens, New York. I’m also at work on MIND GAME: AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE MENTAL HEALTH PLAYBOOK OF ELITE ATHLETES, due out in 2024 from Rowman and Littlefield.

My work has also appeared in outlets including The Washington Post, The Ringer, BuzzFeed, Bookforum, Vulture, The Verge, and Washington Monthly. Talk to me about The SpongeBob Musical. Subscribe to my (infrequent) newsletter, Mental Notes, below.

Sports Illustrated

What athletes get from ayahuasca, mushrooms and ecstasy

“Mentally, that’s a whole ’nother ball game”: The pandemic and athletes’ minds

Mental toughness is both a meaningless term and a vital sports concept

Sarah Fuller’s journey from football kicker to mental health advocate

Paddy Steinfort and the craft of mental performance coaching

Lolo Jones’s eternal reinvention

Can WNBA players take down a U.S. senator?

The next cultural battle: States take aim at trans athletes

How come the NCAA hasn’t taken action against anti-trans sports laws?

Idaho banned trans athletes from women’s sports. She’s fighting back.

A compelling documentary examines the plight of trans athletes

The Ringer

Marc Summers and the never-ending obstacle course

Nothing and everything has changed for the USWNT

What’s next for the USWNT and their equal pay lawsuit?

The state of mental health care in the NBA

College athletes are only starting to get access to the mental health care they need

The new era of suicide prevention

The future of abortion on TV

Pitch isn’t just a fantasy

A quiet revolution on BoJack Horseman


More than a game: Renée Richards’s historic U.S. Open matches


When you’re an asexual assault survivor, it’s even harder to be heard

The Washington Post

Mathew Klickstein has made a career out of nostalgia. Now he’s satirizing our yearning for the past.


How zines paved the way for asexual recognition

Bitch Media

Dethroning romance: Angela Chen archives the evolution of asexuality

The Verge

Online dating isn’t easy—especially when you’re asexual


2015: The year mental illness finally got some respect on TV

Washington Monthly

Combating mental health stigma: Behind the fight for better research


Todd’s asexuality on BoJack Horseman isn’t a perfect depiction, but it’s made me feel understood