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Rosecrans Baldwin is the author of three books: The Last Kid Left (NPR's Best Books of the Year); Paris, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down (GQ’s Best Books of of the Year); and You Lost Me There (The New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice). His next book, a work of creative nonfiction about Los Angeles County, is forthcoming from MCD x Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

As a magazine writer, Rosecrans is a frequent contributor to GQ. Other titles include Esquire, Men’s Journal, Travel + Leisure, AFAR, Saveur, and Bon Appétit. Several features have been selected as notable essays in The Best American Essays and Best American Travel Writing collections, and he was a finalist for a James Beard Award in 2011. Rosecrans has written opinion pieces for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Guardian, as well as Buzzfeed, Salon, and Slate. As a columnist, he created and wrote “The Digital Ramble” for The New York Times T Magazine and the “Confidential” page for Centurion, a magazine for American Express “Black Card” members. (Rosecrans is not a “Black Card” member.) In 1999, he co-founded the online ‘zine The Morning News with publisher Andrew Womack, and continues to help oversee the Rooster, aka the Tournament of Books.

Rosecrans also works as half of a screenwriting team with his wife Rachel Knowles. Together they’ve written original film and television scripts and treatments for Atlas Entertainment, Gran Via Productions, Avalon Television, Assembly Entertainment, and CBS Studios. Rosecrans has also scripted and/or produced podcasts with Luminary, Western Sound, Mirum, and m ss ng p eces. From 2012-2014, he was a regular on-air contributor to National Public Radio’s All Things Considered.

A MacDowell fellow, Rosecrans has taught fiction writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, nonfiction writing at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies, and he was an author-in-residence at Miami Dade College’s Miami Writers Institute. He doesn’t vouch for his Wikipedia entry, but this Longform interview is pretty accurate.

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