ETHAN GILSDORF [http://www.ethangilsdorf.com/] IS A JOURNALIST, MEMOIRIST, CRITIC, POET, TEACHER AND 17TH LEVEL GEEK, and author of the travel memoir / pop culture 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.
Based in Somerville, Massachusetts, Gilsdorf's work regularly appears in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Salon.com, BoingBoing.net, PsychologyToday.com, Washington Post and wired.com. He has published hundreds of articles, essays, op-eds and reviews on the arts, pop culture, gaming, geek culture and travel in dozens of other magazines, newspapers, websites and guidebooks worldwide.
A core contributor to the blog "GeekDad" at wired.com, his blog "Geek Pride" is seen on PsychologyToday.com, and he is a regular contributor to Boston NPR affiliate WBUR's Cognoscenti blog. He is also a book and film critic for the Boston Globe, and is the film columnist for Art New England.
He and author Noble Smith geek out and wax nostalgic about D&D and other pop culture relics at Dungeons & Dorkwards [www.dungeonsanddorkwads.com]. He is a lover of ELO and a hater of littering. Sometimes he wears a tunic and chainmail, or grampy pants.
As an expert on geek culture, Gilsdorf frequently appears on TV, radio and Internet media, including PBS Off Book, The Discovery Channel, the French TV network Arte, and several nationally-syndicated National Public Radio programs and in documentary films. He lectures at universities, schools, libraries, film festivals, gaming conventions and book festivals worldwide. Also an award-winning poet, Gilsdorf is co-founder of Grub Street's Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP) and teaches creative writing and journalism workshops for adults at Grub Street, where he alse serves on the Board of Directors.
To research various writing projects, Gilsdorf has interviewed Sir Ben Kingsley, Steve Carell, Viggo Mortensen, Andy Serkis, Seth Rogen, and Sister Helen Prejean, among other cultural figures. He has acted as an Hollywood extra, walked across Scotland, mountain biked the French Pyrenees, worn a tunic for two weeks while camping with 12,000 medieval reenactors, and (in his most challenging quest) successfuly drank champagne with Kate Hudson.
Follow Ethan’s adventures at http://www.ethangilsdorf.com & http://www.fantasyfreaksbook.com; Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/fantasyfreaksbook; Twitter @ethanfreak.