Bio

Photo by Matthew Leifheit (2021).

Eric Dean Wilson is the author of After Cooling: On Freon, Global Warming, and the Terrible Cost of Comfort (Simon & Schuster, 2021), which the New York Times called “ambitious [and] delightful” and Amitav Ghosh called “essential reading for the planetary crisis.” After Cooling is a work of literary nonfiction that interweaves the science and history of the powerful refrigerant (and dangerous greenhouse gas) Freon with a meditation on how to live meaningfully and morally in a rapidly heating world. Wilson’s writing has appeared in TIME, Esquire, Tin House, the Los Angeles Review of Books and BOMB, among other publications. A graduate of The New School’s MFA program, Wilson is currently a doctoral candidate in the English Program at The Graduate Center, CUNY, where his work focuses on environmental humanities, the personal essay, queer theory, and the Black radical tradition. Wilson is also a Teaching Fellow in the Mellon Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research through the Center for Humanities at The Graduate Center. He has taught climate-themed writing and environmental justice to undergraduates at Queens College, FIT, The New School, and Ramapo College of New Jersey. Wilson Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, he now lives in Flatbush, Brooklyn.

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