Toby Bochan

Toby Leah Bochan is a writer and poker enthusiast with 10+ years of experience. She started playing poker with her parents at the age of seven. As an undergrad at the University of Michigan, she won several Hopwood Awards for her fiction and plays.


  • Toby is the author of The Badass Girl's Guide to Poker
  • Her work has been featured in multiple publications such as MSN, Yahoo!, Threepenny Review, Other Voices, and Red River Review


Toby is a former writer for The Spruce Crafts. Her writing has appeared in Threepenny Review, Other Voices, Post Road, and Red River Review, where it was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She's a poker enthusiast and practices and plays multiple times a week. She currently serves as the senior content manger for Ameritrade and worked for other publications like MSN, Yahoo!, and Storyful.


Toby received her Master of Fine Arts degree as a Michener Fellow at the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas. 


Education: University of Texas at Austin, University of Michigan
Location: New York, NY

About The Spruce

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