Ethan Gilsdorf

Ethan Gilsdorf is as a nerd who writes a lot. He is a journalist, critic, essayist, memoirist, poet, and teacher, and author of the book Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and other Dwellers Of Imaginary Realms. A lifelong lover of Dungeons & Dragons, Gilsdorf began his writing career as poet a travel writer out of Paris. Since then, his articles and reviews on pop culture, film, and books have appeared in dozen of magazines and newspapers, from the New York Times Book Review and the Boston Globe to Wired, Esquire, National Geographic, Psychology Today, and the Washington Post. He has presented at PAX East, Gen Con, the New York Public Library, and Boston Book Festival, and appears on TV and radio programs on NPR, The Discovery Channel, PBS, CBC, BBC, and the French TV network Arte. His TEDx Talk Why Dungeons & Dragons Is Good for You (in Real Life) has been viewed more than 600,000 times. He has introduced D&D to newcomers at Harvard, Bryn Mawr, and the Providence Public Library. Gilsdorf teaches at GrubStreet, in Boston and Providence, where he also co-founded its Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP). Read more at and Twitter @ethanfreak.

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