Speaking + Press

Ella speaks at an all-staff meeting on the TED stage.

Are you interested in interviewing or booking Ella Dawson? For press, publishing, or speaking inquiries, contact brosandprose@gmail.com.

Selected Podcasts and Radio

Ella Dawson on Biphobia, Casual Sex and Herpes Stigma, The Bed Post Podcast, 5/2/2021

Infected: Putting Misinformation About Herpes To Bed, WUNC — Embodied Podcast, 4/14/2021

Casual Sex, Caring “Too Much,” and STIs with Ella Dawson, Girl Boner Radio, 3/24/2021

It Wasn’t Just Britney Spears’ Song That Was ‘Toxic’, WUNC — Embodied Radio Show, 3/5/2021

Ella Dawson and Romance Novels, The Sleeper Hit, 3/1/2021

Herpes Is A Common Virus. Why Do We Treat It Like The Plague? WUNC — The State of Things, 12/4/2021

Consent & Condoms, Friends 2 Lovers, 10/26/2020

Herpes Activist Ella Dawson, Gender Dysphoria and Adulthoo‪d‬, Just Between Us, 11/20/2019

Smashing The Herpes Stigma with Ella Dawson, Savage Lovecast, 6/7/2016

Selected Speaking Events + Video Projects

Getting Sloppy With Safe Slut, 11/5/21

Why You Should Own Your Writing @ Write Bites with Jacob McMillen, 9/1/2021

“How To Have an Online Career: A Talk With Ella Dawson” @ West Chester University, 4/18/2021

“How to Create Your Social Media Strategy” Workshop @ Caveat NYC 2/23/2020

Photo taken by an audience member at Caveat NYC

“The Social Media Revolution” Guest Lecturer @ Wesleyan University, 11/8/2018 and 3/28/2019

“The Gray Area: An Interpretation” Reading @ L.I.C. Bar, 4/29/2018

“Humanities After Wesleyan: A Talk With Ella Dawson” @ Wesleyan University, 3/30/2017

Best Women’s Erotica Volume II Reading @ Bluestockings Bookstore, 2/11/2017

Bluestockings Bookstore

“STIs Aren’t a Consequence. They’re Inevitable” @ TEDxConnecticutCollege, 4/16/2016

“She Got Herpes, But Herpes Didn’t Get Her” Mini-documentary with StyleLikeU, 9/8/2015

“Living with Herpes” on MTV’s Girl Code Live, 9/29/2015

“Why This Woman Celebrates The Day She Was Diagnosed With Herpes” @ Huffington Post Live, 4/27/2015

Selected Press

In “LIFE RUINER,” Ella Dawson ’14 Recounts Abusive Relationship at Wesleyan, The Wesleyan Argus, 2/11/2021

Why ‘Cat Person,’ a New Yorker short story, is essential reading for this #MeToo moment, Washington Post, 12/12/2017

What We’re Reading: Crimes of misogyny, ‘Cat People’ and more, New York Times, 12/12/2017

Bad Sex In Fiction: What Is It About “Cat Person”? The Economist, 12/4/2017

Ella Dawson’s TEDx Talk Proves Genital Herpes Is Nothing To Be Ashamed Of, Huffington Post, 9/14/2016

Hillary Clinton just slammed the stigma surrounding sexually transmitted infections, Washington Post, 9/7/2016

Woman Tells The World About STI to Battle Stigma, The Independent, 9/12/2015

Here’s What This 23-Year-Old Learned From Talking About Her Herpes, BuzzFeed, 9/11/2015

Meet the woman who tells everyone, ‘I have genital herpes’, Washington Post, 4/16/2015