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R. Eric Thomas


R. Eric Thomas (he/him) is a national bestselling author, playwright, and screenwriter. His memoir, “Here for It, or How to Save Your Soul in America,” which Lin-Manuel Miranda hailed as “pop culture-obsessed, David Sedaris-level laugh-out-loud funny,” was featured on Today as a Read With Jenna club pick. His YA novel, Kings of B’more, was named a 2023 Stonewall Honor book by the American Library Association, and his latest book of essays, “Congratulations, the Best Is Over!” was an instant USA Today Bestseller.

For four years, he wrote “Eric Reads the News” a daily humor column covering pop culture and politics on ELLE.com, garnering millions of devoted readers. More recently, he gained fans as an interim Prudie for Slate.com’s advice column “Dear Prudence.” On screen, Eric has written on the Peabody Award-winning series “Dickinson” on AppleTV+ and “Better Things” on FX and has multiple film and TV projects currently in development. Eric is also the long-running host of The Moth StorySlams in Philadelphia and has been heard multiple times on The Moth Radio Hour, NPR’s Fresh Air, All Things Considered, and Pop Culture Happy Hour.

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