Sean Elder

West Coast Editor

I'm a freelance writer and editor based in Brooklyn, New York; Salisbury, CT; and Palo Alto, CA. My writing has appeared in New York, the New York Times Magazine, Details, Vogue, Elle, Men's Journal, National Geographic, Premiere, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Redbook, Glamour and numerous other publications. I was also an editor at a few of those places and still work on print magazines and digital publications. I wrote a media column for Salon and before that reviewed web sites for the New Yorker ("Only Connect"). My essay "The Lock Box" was included in a collection of men's writing, The Bastard on the Couch (Morrow, 2004), and was later reprinted on three continents. A piece I wrote for O: The Oprah Magazine about being a stay-at-home dad was included in a best-of O collection entitled Live Your Best Life that was published in 2005. I co-authored a book with former Marine Captain Josh Rushing of Control Room fame, entitled Mission Al Jazeera, which was published by Palgrave in 2007. I also work as a book doctor and edited Making the Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat by Dr. David Dosa (Hyperion, 2010), a New York Times bestseller. I have taught writing at Eugene Lang College, part of Manhattan's New School University, and I am now working on another non-fiction book, with Amos Kamil: Great Is the Truth: The Horace Mann Sex Scandal and the Secret Life of America's Perfect Schools, to be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2014. I blog for the boomer website Purple Clover, and a short film based on my short story "Stain Removal" was filmed by director Mark Russell in 2013.