Hi. It’s R. Eric Thomas.

I’m the national bestselling author of Here For It, or, How to Save Your Soul in America (Ballantine Books), an August 2020 Read with Jenna club pick as featured on Today, and Reclaiming Her Time: The Power of Maxine Waters, a look at the work, wit, and wisdom of Rep. Maxine Waters, co-authored with Helena Andrews-Dyer and coming in October 2020 from Dey Street Books.

I’m also a Senior Staff Writer at Elle.com where I write “Eric Reads the News,” a daily current events and culture column.

I’m a playwright. I won a 2016 Barrymore Award for Best New Play, the 2018 Dramatists Guild Lanford Wilson Award, and a 2017/2018 National New Play Network Commission.

I’m the the long-running host of The Moth in Philadelphia and D.C.


Find out more on any of the above by clicking the links or clicking on the menu bar at the top of the screen.

I’m available to speak at your events or appear on your podcast talking about intersecting identities, diversity, equity, and inclusion, finding humor in the news, playwriting, blackness, queerness, and progressive faith in America, and pop culture in general. Get in touch!

What’s new…

Coming October 2020! Pre-order Reclaiming Her Time, a look at the work, wisdom, and wit of Rep. Maxine Waters!

You can now purchase my new book, Here For It, or How to Save Your Soul in America!


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3 thoughts on “Hi. It’s R. Eric Thomas.

  1. I went to The Moth for the first time, and Eric was an amazing host! I don’ t know which I loved more: Eric or the stories I heard. Run to see Eric if you have the chance

  2. My friend and I are addicted to The Moth and love Eric’s incredible wit and spontaneous commentary. We attended our first in the summer and have been regulars ever since. Word has gotten out and the event is PACKED. Great news for Eric. Beyonce rules!

  3. I have been keeping a window open with your Elle article “The Immaculate Shade of Joyce Beatty” and extremely accomplished people frolicking in balloons. When I need a boost I look at the window and feel cheery. Tomorrow I am taking it to brunch to spread the cheer.

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