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Ethan Gilsdorf

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 essay "The Day My Mother Became a Stranger" was cited in the anthology Best American Essays 2016. His fiction, poetry and essays have appeared in Poetry, The Southern Review, The Quarterly, Exquisite Corpse, The North American Review, and The Massachusetts Review, and he is the winner of the Hobblestock Peace Poetry Competition and the Esme Bradberry Contemporary Poets Prize. A former Paris-based travel writer and food and film critic for Time Out, Fodor's and the Washington Post, he has published hundreds of feature stories, essays, op-eds and book and film reviews in dozens of other publications worldwide including the New York Times, New York Times Book Review, Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, Wired, Salon, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and Esquire. Gilsdorf is co-founder of GrubStreet's Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP), and has taught for GrubStreet since 2005. He is also the instructor of GrubStreet's Essay Incubator program and serves as coordinator of GrubStreet's Providence program. He received his BA from Hampshire College, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Louisiana State University. Follow Ethan’s adventures at ethangilsdorf.com or Twitter @ethanfreak.