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Ethan Gilsdorf

Providence, RI
A GrubStreet instructor since 2005, Ethan Gilsdorf is a journalist, memoirist, essayist, critic, poet, teacher, performer and nerd. He is the author of the travel memoir investigation Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms, named a Must-Read Book by the Massachusetts Book Awards. His work has been cited in the anthology Best American Essays 2016. His fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in PoetryThe Southern ReviewThe Quarterly, Exquisite CorpseThe North American ReviewThe Massachusetts ReviewNew York Quarterly and dozens of other literary magazines and in several anthologies, and his is the winner of the Hobblestock Peace Poetry Competition and the Esmé Bradberry Contemporary Poets Prize.

Gilsdorf got his start in journalism as a Paris-based travel writer and food and film critic for Time OutFodor's, and the Washington Post. He has published hundreds of feature stories, essays, op-eds, and reviews about the arts, pop, gaming, and geek culture; and media and technology, and travel, in dozens of other publications worldwide including The New York TimesThe New York Times Book ReviewThe Boston GlobeThe Boston Globe MagazineBoston MagazineWiredSalonWBUR's The Artery and CognoscentiLos Angeles TimesUSA Today, and Art New England. A regular presenter, performer, and event moderator, he frequently appears on programs such as NPRThe Discovery ChannelPBSCBCBBC, and the Learning Channel, and also lectures at schools, universities, festivals, conventions, and conferences worldwide.