Sean Elder

West Coast Editor
Sean Elder

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. 

The Bard in the Yard

In California, Shakespeare is showing students and inmates about actions and their consequences.

The Black Panthers, 50 Years Later

The Black Panthers responded forcefully to police brutality, and also fed thousands and opened health clinics for the poor. Today their mission remains unfulfilled.

Exploring the World of Autism Through Musical Theater

In the play Max Understood at San Francisco's Cowell Theater, the guesswork of the parents in the play and their increasingly desperate attempts to understand what is going on in the mind of their son, is at the heart of the story.