Hi. It’s R. Eric Thomas.

I’m a television writer (Dickinson, Better Things), playwright, and the national bestselling author of Here For It, or, How to Save Your Soul in America (Ballantine), a Read with Jenna club pick as featured on Today, Reclaiming Her Time: The Power of Maxine Waters (with Helena Andrews-Dyer, Dey Street), and the YA novel Kings of B’More (Kokila), which was also featured on Today as a Read with Jenna Jr. pick.

I write a humor newsletter and a weekly essay on pop culture and nostalgia. You should definitely subscribe to both!

I’ve been heard on The Moth Radio Hour, NPR’s It’s Been a Minute with Sam Sanders, All Things Considered, and Pop Culture Happy Hour, as well as a host of podcasts. I’m also the the long-running host of The Moth in Philadelphia and D.C.

For four years, I was also a Senior Staff Writer at Elle.com where I write “Eric Reads the News,” a daily current events and culture column. My writing has also appeared in The New York Times, Time, W Magazine, O the Oprah Magazine, Slate, and more.


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What’s new…

Mrs. Harrison is the WINNER of the 2022 Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Drama!

My young adult novel Kings of B’more is now in the world and a Read with Jenna Jr. Summer Book List pick!

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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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