Eric Metaxas

Biography

Eric graduated from Yale University where he made a literary splash as editor of the Yale Record, the nation's oldest college humor magazine. At graduation Eric was awarded two senior prizes for his undergraduate fiction. He was also "Class Day Speaker", co-writing and -delivering "The Class History", a satirical address that is a Yale commencement tradition -- in the process upstaging Dick Cavett, the next speaker. They have not spoken since. Metaxas' eclectic publishing career "spans every genre but obituaries and sea chanties." His humor writing was first published in the Atlantic Monthly, and has frequently appeared in The New York Times. Woody Allen has called these pieces "quite funny." Eric's book and movie reviews, essays, and poetry have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Regeneration Quarterly, Christianity Today, The Life@Work Journal, National Review Online, Beliefnet, and First Things. He has been awarded fellowships to Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony for his short stories; and his parody of the Ripley's "Believe It Or Not!" books, titled Don't You Believe It!, was published by St. Martin's Press in 1996. From 1988-1992, Metaxas was editorial director and head writer for Rabbit Ears Productions writing over 20 children's videos and books narrated by such actors as Robin Williams, Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, and Michael Caine. His Rabbit Ears videos have won numerous Parent's Choice Awards and three Grammy Award nominations for Best Children's Recording; they all aired on Showtime and as audio programs on NPR's Rabbit Ears Radio, hosted by Mel Gibson and Meg Ryan, whose radio scripts Eric has also written. Mr. Metaxas' The Birthday ABC was chosen as a 1995 "Pick of the List" by the American Bookseller's Association. Eric's other children's books include The Bible ABC (Tommy Nelson); the best-selling and Angel Award-winning Prince of Egypt A to Z, a tie-in to the Dreamworks SKG animated feature film; and the acclaimed Uncle Mugsy & the Terrible Twins of Christmas. Amazon.com honored Metaxas' Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving with their "Number One Bestseller" Award for Thanksgiving 1999. Metaxas was for two years a writer and editor for Chuck Colson, the former special counsel to President Nixon. Eric drafted cultural critiques for "Breakpoint", Colson's nationally syndicated daily radio program. Eric has worked in creative development and as a writer for Big Idea Productions, creators of the VeggieTales children's videos. "Lyle the Kindly Viking", which Eric co-wrote, was recently named Number One Direct-to-Home Video at the 2002 World Animation Conference. Eric made his voice-over debut as the narrator on BIP's best-selling "Esther", and in BIP's new series, "3-2-1 Penguins!", as "President Wait-Your-Turn" -- and as the Jerky Boys-inspired "Vacuum # 10". Eric's children's books for Big Idea include God Made You Special!, Even Fish Slappers Deserve a Second-Chance and The Pirates Who (Usually) Don't Do Anything, all bestsellers. His most recent VeggieTale video scripts are "Dr.Pickyl & Mr. Hyde" and "The Gourd of the Baskervilles," due out next year. Metaxas has appeared as a television panelist on the Fox News Channel's Beyond the News, and has twice been a featured guest discussing religious conversion on National Public Radio's Morning Edition and Talk of the Nations. He has also been featured on Connecticut Voices, a public radio program on things literary, and has guest-hosted Andy Anderson Live, a call-in talk show on WMCA, 570AM. Metaxas has also done cultural commentaries for WNYC, NPR's largest affiliate, and has been featured on WOR's Bob Grant Show. Eric is the host of Socrates in the City: Conversations on the Examined Life, a monthly event of "entertaining and thought-provoking discussions on 'life, God, and other small topics.'" He is a contributing editor to Books & Culture: A Christian Review. Eric lives in Manhattan, New York, with his wife and daughter, and serves on the vestry of St. George's Episcopal Church.