Priscilla Gilman

Priscilla grew up in New York City and graduated from Yale.  She earned her masters and Ph.D. in English and American literature at Yale, and taught at both Yale and Vassar as an assistant professor of English before leaving academia in 2006.  From 2006-2011, she worked as a literary agent at Janklow & Nesbit Associates; she also taught poetry appreciation to inmates in a restorative justice program and to New York City public school students.


Gilman is the author of the acclaimed memoir, The Anti-Romantic Child: A Story of Unexpected Joy, which was a Leonard Lopate Show and Chicago Tribune Best Book of 2011 and one of five nominees for a Books for a Better Life Award for Best First Book. She writes about literature, parenting, autism, and education and reviews fiction and literary non-fiction for the Daily Beast, The New York Times Book Review, The New York Times, Motherlode, The Chicago Tribune, MORE, O: The Oprah Magazine, Boston Globe, and Huff Post Parents. Her December 2012 New York Times op-ed, “Don’t Blame Autism for Newtown,” and her August 25th 2013 New York Times Book Review Back Page Essay, “Early Reader,” both went viral.  A prize-winning teacher with a background in the performing arts, Gilman is a captivating speaker whose warmth, dynamism, and accessibility make her a highly sought-after speaker for schools, conferences, and organizations.  She is a Scholar/Facilitator for the New York Council for the Humanities and teaches literature classes at Mt Sinai Medical School, leads a private memoir workshop in New York City, and is writing her second book. She lives in New York City with her husband and three children.