Arcadia University’s Writers Return to Campus Series welcomes ‘Geekadelphia’ blogger and writer Eric Smith ’08MAE on Friday, April 20, at 7 p.m. in Grey Towers Castle. Smith will read one of his pieces and also discuss blogging and writing for online media outlets and the world of self-publishing. The event is free and open to the public.
While working on his MA at Arcadia, Smith co-founded Geekadelphia, a hyper-local Philadelphia blog about all-that-is geek in the City. What began as a small side project blossomed into a major website, now pulling in over 100,000 visits a month. Last year, he launched the Philadelphia Geek Awards, a gala award show at the Academy of Natural Sciences, honoring the Philly ‘Geek’ scene.
In the fall of 2010, Smith self published his first novel, Textual Healing, a romantic comedy which he had been working on through his undergrad and into graduate school. It received a favorable review in Philadelphia City Paper and on book blogs.
Recently, his writing has appeared in a handful of journals, including The Apiary and the Bygone Bureau, as well as on Philly.com. In November of 2011, his essay, “Master Grief,” went viral on the Bygone Bureau, landing him on the homepage of Yahoo, CNET, Kotaku, Buzzfeed, Reddit and mentioned on G4’s Attack of the Show.
When he isn’t fussing over his next book or writing blogs, Smith works at Quirk Books, a publishing house in Old City Philadelphia where he runs the company blog, pitches books to online outlets and handles social media. He’s worked on the New York Times bestselling Pride & Prejudice & Zombies series as well as the YA smash Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and says he’s loved every minute of it.