Ethan Gilsdorf

Ethan Gilsdorf is a memoirist, essayist, critic, journalist, poet, teacher, performer, and the author of the award-winning memoir Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks. Hundreds of his personal essays, articles, reviews, cultural commentaries, profiles, opinion pieces, short stories, and poems have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Esquire, Boston Globe, Wired, Salon, O (the Oprah Magazine), National Geographic, Brevity, Poetry, The Southern Review, and North American Review, among other publications. Twice his work has been named “Notable” by The Best American Essays. He teaches creative writing at GrubStreet in Boston, where he leads the 9-month Essay Incubator program; he also leads writing workshops for nonprofit social justice organizations. He received an MFA in Creative Writing from Louisiana State University. More info:, Twitter @ethanfreak.