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 calls “ambitious [and] delightful” and Amitav Ghosh calls “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. He is currently working on a collection of essays about queer ecology and eco-grief.

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 dissertation, “The Personal and the Planetary: Essaying the Ecological,” focuses on environmental humanities, the personal essay, and queer theory. 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.

Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, he now lives in Flatbush, Brooklyn.

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