Oliver Goldstick is an award-winning playwright, television screenwriter, and producer.
Originally from Detroit, Goldstick received a degree from the University of Michigan, followed by graduate work at Columbia University where his plays were produced off-Broadway including Dinah Was (2000). In 2009 his play Wild Boy (adapted from Not Even Wrong by Paul Collins), had its premiere in Los Angeles at the Pacific Resident Theatre. His plays have earned him Dramalogue and Hopwood awards as well as nominations from the NAACP Theatre and L. A. Ovation Awards.
Most notably, Goldstick is credited as executive producer and writer for a number of television series including Desperate Housewives, Lipstick Jungle, Ugly Betty, Everwood, State of Mind, Partners, Coach, and Caroline in the City. He is the executive producer and writer for the Emmy award-winning ABC series Pretty Little Liars.
In association with BBC Worldwide, he is currently filming The Collection, Amazon’s first original UK drama series which are 8 hour-long episodes. The show tells the story of an illustrious Paris fashion house (think: Dior) just after World War II.
Paul Collins is a writer specializing in history, memoir, and unusual antiquarian literature. His seven books have been translated into eleven languages, and include Not Even Wrong: A Father's Journey Into the Lost History of Autism (2004), and The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars (2011). He is a 2009 recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Nonfiction. His recent freelance work includes pieces for the New York Times, Slate, and New Scientist.
In addition to appearing regularly on NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday as its resident “literary detective” on odd and forgotten old books, he is also the founding editor of the Collins Library imprint of McSweeney's Books, where he has revived such disparate works as a World War I internment camp memoir and an absurdist 1934 detective tale.
Collins lives in Portland, Oregon, where he teaches creative nonfiction as an associate professor in the MFA program at Portland State University. He is currently the chair of the English Department.