R. Eric Thomas is a national bestselling author, playwright, and Senior Staff writer for ELLE.com where he has written “Eric Reads the News” a daily humor column covering pop culture and politics since 2016.
His debut 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 published by Ballantine Books in 2020 and was featured on Today as an August Read With Jenna club pick. Reclaiming Her Time, a biography of Rep. Maxine Waters Eric co-authored with Helena Andrews-Dyer, will be published by Dey Street Books in fall 2020.
Eric is the winner of the 2016 Barrymore Award for Best New Play, the 2018 Dramatist Guild Lanford Wilson Award, and was a finalist for the 2017 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award. He is the recipient of a 2017/2018 National New Play Network Commission and has also been commissioned or produced by Arden Theatre Company, Simpatico Theatre, Azuka Theatre, Single Carrot Theatre, About Face Theatre, and more. Eric is also the long-running host of The Moth StorySlams in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., and has been heard multiple times on The Moth Radio Hour.